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MCZ News & Events

  • In July 2014, Harvard Magazine and Harvard Gazette highlighted the new permanent exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The exhibit showcases more than 50 glass models of marine invertebrates from the collections of the Museum of Comparative Zoology—models crafted by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, creators of the famous Glass Flowers.
  • Hopi Hoekstra has been awarded the "Spark Award" from the Women in Science Harvard Radcliffe (WiSHR) for "continually inspiring young women in science." Nominees are chosen by votes from members of the Harvard undergraduate community. WiSHR is a student-run organization for undergraduate women engaged in science at Harvard College.
  • Congratulations to Losos Lab graduate student Martha Munoz, the winner of this year's Raymond B. Huey Award for the Best Student Presentation in the Division of Ecology and Evolution at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings in Austin.
  • Research on the development of early hind legs by the late Farish A. Jenkins, Jr. and colleagues is described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study is featured in the Harvard Gazette and The Boston Globe.
  • The 2012-2013 MCZ Annual Report is available to view online.
  • The Princeton Guide to Evolution, published in December 2013, is edited by a distinguished team of evolutionary biologists including Hopi Hoekstra and editor-in-chief Jonathan Losos. This new reference work covers the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions and contains over 100 articles.
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has released a new short film, The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, featuring Jonathan Losos. Shot on location in the Caribbean, Losos demonstrates the traits that enable dozens of anole species to adapt to different vertical niches in the forest. The film is part of the Biointeractive series of resources for science teachers and students.
  • Tim Laman, MCZ Associate in Ornithology, led an expedition to Queensland, Australia, where he and his team found three previously undocumented species. Read more about the discoveries in the Harvard Gazette and CNN.
  • Cassie Stoddard, a Junior Fellow in the Edwards Lab, was honored with a 2013 L’Oreal USA Fellowship for Women in Science.
  • The MCZ is delighted to welcome Dr. Stephanie Pierce, BSc, MSc, PhD, as curator of vertebrate paleontology and faculty member in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology beginning in fall 2014.
  • Newly discovered legless lizards are described in a recent issue of the MCZ's Breviora and featured on CNN.
  • Drawings and watercolors by James Henry Blake (1845-1941) are on display in the Ernst Mayr Library. Read more about J.H. Blake and the exhibit in the EML’s blog and Harvard Magazine.
  • The entomology collection is participating in a new NSF-funded project to Advance Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC). Brian Farrell and Naomi Pierce each serve as Principal Investigators for two of the projects.
  • Prof. Ed Wilson received the 2013 Hubbard Medal from the National Geographic Society. The medal, which honors "outstanding explorations or discoveries" is the Society's oldest and most prestigious award.
  • Gonzalo Giribet encourages students to use illustration as an observational technique when studying invertebrates. Harvard Gazette story, June 11, 2013.
  • Hopi Hoekstra has been appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
  • Listen to the latest EOL podcast and Google Earth tour on monarch butterflies. The One Species at a Time podcast series is supported by the MCZ.
  • The MCZ is part of a multi-institutional initiative that seeks to better integrate museum collections into classroom teaching. Read more about the AIM-UP initiative in the Harvard Gazette.
  • The EOL team has gathered together a veritable treasure trove of biodiversity information, videos, podcasts and educational materials and made them available through iTunes University.
  • Naomi Pierce and members of her lab discuss behavioral ecology of species interactions in the Harvard Gazette. Pierce gave a recent talk as part of the "Evolution Matters" lecture series at HMNH.
  • Hopi Hoekstra is featured in the New York Times "Profiles in Science." Read about her research and watch an interview with Hoekstra here. The New York Times, Jan. 29, 2013
  • Bats from the MCZ are on display in the Berkshire Museum's "BATS: Creatures of the Night" exhibition. Read more about the exhibit here.
  • The MCZ's 2011-2012 Annual Report is available to view online.
  • The Hoekstra Lab identified regions of the genome that control burrowing behavior in deer mice. Read more about the study in the Harvard Gazette story Jan. 12, 2013 and The New York Times.
  • James J. McCarthy has been appointed to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission by President Barack Obama. McCarthy is recognized internationally for his fundamental contributions to oceanography and Arctic science. Harvard Gazette story, Nov.29, 2012
  • With sorrow and a profound sense of loss we learned of the death of our colleague and friend, Farish Jenkins. Remembrances.
  • A selection of models from the MCZ's Blaschka Glass Invertebrate Collection are on exhibit at the New Museum in New York City.
  • Prof. Edward O. Wilson received the 2012 International Cosmos Prize. The prize is awarded to individuals whose research has achieved excellence and is recognized as contributing to a significant understanding of the relationships among living organisms.
  • EOL reaches 1 million species pages and receives an additional grant to improve research, learning and education efforts. Read more about EOL in the Harvard Gazette.
  • Prashant Sharma, graduate student in the Giribet Lab, talks about his research on daddy longlegs in the Harvard Gazette.
  • The newly renovated Fishes Gallery opened at the HMNH. Read more about the MCZ specimen on display in the exhibit here.
  • Gonzalo Giribet curates HMNH's new exhibit "Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm." Read about it in the Harvard Gazette.
  • The MCZ’s 2010-2011 Annual Report is available to view online.
  • EOL announces the Education Innovation Challenge, an international competition to create engaging and educational software tools, services, or games focused on discovering and understanding the living world using EOL content.
  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library is on iTunes U. Download pdfs of BHL books to your desktop or mobile device. The Ernst Mayr Library is one of the founding members of BHL.
  • A paper co-authored by Jonathan Losos and published in the journal Science helps settle the "founder effect" controversy surrounding how populations adapt to new environments. Article in Science Daily, Feb. 2, 2012
  • Rosario Castañeda, who will begin working in the Losos Lab in March, has been selected as a 2012 Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) Rubenstein Fellow. The EOL Rubenstein Fellows program supports the research of a diverse group of scientists who are committed to online collaboration and outreach. Read more about Rosario's research on Anolis lizards here.
  • Chris Laumer, graduate student in the Giribet Lab, is the winner of the Best Platform Presentation for his talk "A single, stepwise origin of ectolecithality in Platyhelminthes" at the 2012 SICB DPCB meeting. Prashant Sharma, also in the Giribet Lab, was declared the runner-up for his talk "Upstream colonization of Australia by Neotropical Opiliones (Arachnida)."
  • Jonathan Losos received the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. Losos is recognized for his research on adaptive radiation of Anolis lizards, the subject of his recent book Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles.
  • A.W. (Fuzz) Crompton was awarded the 2011 Romer-Simpson Medal of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The society's highest award honors sustained and outstanding scholarly excellence in the discipline of vertebrate paleontology. Read about the award here.
  • Popular Science names the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) one of the world's most amazing databases.
  • Partners of the EOL Learning and Education group, based in the MCZ, were recently awarded a Google Earth Developer grant. Atlantic Public Media and Eduardo Garcia Milagros will be producing Google Earth narrated tours called "One Species at a Time: Stories of Biodiversity on the Move, with the Encyclopedia of Life" that will be posted on EOL. Check out their EOL Atlantic Bluefin Tuna narrated tour!
  • Congratulations to Hopi Hoekstra, recipient of the 2011 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. The award recognizes faculty who inspire students, instill in them a passion for science, and effectively communicate complex ideas in introductory science courses.
  • Postdoc Rowan Barrett received the John Maynard Smith Prize from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology for being an outstanding young evolutionary biologist.
  • The description of three new tropical families of arachnids and a phylogeny of the suborder Laniatores by graduate student Prashant Sharma of the Giribet Lab is featured on the cover of Invertebrate Systematics.
  • Adam Baldinger, Curatorial Associate for the Malacology department of the MCZ, recently traveled to Connecticut to accept a donation of shells from a private collector. Read more about how these shells came to Harvard.
  • MCZ, OEB, and HMNH will host the 2nd International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology from June 20-23, 2011. This conference connects researchers interested in the morphology and evolution of invertebrate animals. More about the conference.
  • Catherine Craig, Research Associate in the MCZ, has received a grant from the Rufford Foundation's Small Grants for Nature Conservation program to support scaling up the wild silk project in the border forests of the Makira Protected Area of Madagascar. Funds will support ecological monitoring of project effects and farmer participation. More.
  • Dino Martins, recent PhD graduate from the Pierce Lab, received a 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award. Martins has been recognized for investigating the crucial role that insects play in pollinating plants. Read more about his research and the award here.
  • Woodland creatures from the MCZ are on display in the New England Forests exhibit at the HMNH. The new permanent exhibition explores the natural history and ecology of our regional forests, their response to human activity, and their environmental significance. Read more about the exhibit in the Harvard Gazette.
  • Graduating senior Joanna Larson from the Hanken Lab received a 2011-2012 Fulbright Grant for her research project “Decoding Species Complexes of Amphibians and Mammals in the Mountains of Tanzania.” She will be collecting small mammals and frogs in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania to assess biological diversity and describe cryptic species.
  • Brooke Flammang, postdoctoral fellow in the Lauder Lab, used a new 3D laser imaging devise to show that dorsal and anal fins are not just stabilizers, but also propel fish forward. Harvard Gazette story, 4/20/2011
  • In a recent article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Scott Edwards and former Harvard undergad Anh-Thu Elaine Vo used 120 year old feathers to track the increases in the neurotoxin methylmercury in the black-footed albatross. Read more about their research here.
  • Farish A. Jenkins, Jr. was elected as a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences Class of 2011. Press release.
  • Breda Zimkus, postdoctoral fellow and Genetics Resources Facility Project Manager at the MCZ, received a grant from CollectionsWeb to work on "Developing best practices for genetic resource collections associated with traditional natural history collections."
  • The MCZ’s Ernst Mayr Library turns 150 years young! The library provides and preserves a vast collection of natural history resources to support the research and teaching activities of the Harvard community. Visit the EML on the second floor of the museum to see a special birthday exhibit.
  • L. Mahadevan uses quantitative approaches to study the graceful geometry of the Asiatic lily's blooming process . Harvard Gazette story, 3/21/2011
  • Peter Girguis presented a history of undersea exploration and an overview of his deep-sea work in a talk at the HMNH. Harvard Gazette story, 3/11/2011
  • Naomi Pierce tests Vladimir Nabokov’s theory of butterfly evolution in a paper published by Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Read about the research in The New York Times and The Harvard Gazette and listen to an interview with Pierce on NPR.
  • The MCZ is one of many University-wide museums involved in the “Tangible Things” exhibit coordinated by the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. Read more about the exhibit in the Harvard Gazette.
  • Hopi Hoekstra, Marie Manceau, Vera Domingues, and Ricardo Mallarino track the gene agouti, believed to establish color pattern in vertebrates, in the February issue of Science. Read more about their research in The Harvard Gazette.
  • Ari Daniel Shapiro visits with E.O. Wilson to learn the nature of ants’ special language in the EOL podcast “One Species at a Time.” Listen to the podcast.
  • The MCZ’s 2009-2010 Annual Report is available to view online.
  • EO Wilson has received the BBVA Foundation's 2010 Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the area of Ecology and Conservation Biology. BBVA announcement.
  • Get to know José Rosado, Curatorial Associate in Herpetology, in the Harvard Gazette’s staff profile. Read the article and see the interview here.
  • Hopi Hoekstra talks to the Harvard Gazette about the MCZ’s collection of horns and antlers on display in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. “Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers” is on exhibit until January 2.
  • E.O. Wilson and PED director, Martin Nowak, presented a new theory on the evolution of eusociality, the rare but spectacularly successful social structure in which individuals of the world’s most dominant species cooperate to raise offspring. Read abstract in the Journal Nature, Harvard Gazette story 8/25/2010.
  • Naomi Pierce co-authored a new paper suggesting that the mutually beneficial relationships that species create are maintained because of simple self-interest. Harvard Gazette article
  • An exhibit about the life of William James, philosopher, scientist, and former student of Louis Agassiz, is on display at the Houghton Library until December 23. Read about the exhibit in the Harvard Gazette and visit the online version of the exhibit.
  • E.O. Wilson explains “Why I Do Science,” for KQED Public Broadcasting for Northern California. Watch the video here. Airdate August 24, 2010.
  • Graduate student Prashant Sharma received the Willi Hennig Award for the best oral presentation by a student at the May 2010 meeting of the Willi Hennig Society. The international organization promotes the field of phylogenetic systematics. May 25, 2010
  • A video about the Assembling the Tree of Life (AToL) Initiative, featured in the HMNH’s exhibit EVOLUTION, is available to view online. The film includes interviews with E.O. Wilson, Jim Hanken, Gonzalo Giribet, and Brian Farrell.
  • Undergrad Jeremy Hsu blogs about his spring break field trip to Costa Rica with OEB 167: Herpetology, taught by Jim Hanken and Jonathan Losos. Posted April 06, 2010
  • Farish Jenkins received the GSAS 2010 Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award. The award honors faculty for efforts in supporting, encouraging and promoting their graduate students' research, education, professional and personal development, and career plans. April, 2010, read more about the award.
  • Edward O. Wilson to give Prather Lectures April 5, 6, 7, 2010. Details
  • Davis and Losos labs identify link between climate change and invasive species in Thoreau's woods. Read stories in Boston Globe, WBUR (public radio), Harvard Gazette, Harvard Magazine.
  • Prof. Edward O. Wilson's story, Trailhead, taken from his upcoming novel, Anthill, is published in The New Yorker, 01/25/2010. Read story, read interview.
  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library received the 2010 Outstanding Collaboration Citation from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). The award recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts and innovation in providing and managing library collections. This award was made possible by the dedicated staff of the participating libraries, including the MCZ’s Ernst Mayr Library, and comes just as the International Year of Biodiversity was launched in Paris and Brussels.
  • The MCZ installed skeletons of a northern bottlenose whale and a killer whale in the main lobby of the Northwest Laboratory Building at 52 Oxford Street. The whales were formerly on display in the MCZ until the Sea Mammal exhibit was dismantled in the 1930s, and were subsequently stored in the attic of the museum. The installation was featured in the Harvard Gazette. Watch a time lapse video of the killer whale installation.
  • Prof. Edward O. Wilson received an award from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in October for his work and contributions protecting the world’s biodiversity, including his efforts to develop the Encyclopedia of Life. The award honors a commitment to conserve and preserve the world’s natural environment and resources by supporting sustainable and ethical projects. Press release, 10/2/2009
  • The MCZ is the featured cover story in the December 2009 issue of the Harvard Gazette. The article profiles the MCZ’s digitization efforts and the use of historic collections for DNA analysis following the museum’s 150th anniversary.
  • The infamous Jackalopus karelliemi, a.k.a. ”Liem’s Jackalope,” made an unexpected appearance at the opening of the newly renovated Great Mammal Hall in the Harvard Museum of Natural History on October 16th. The perpetrator remains unidentified and at large. The prank honors the memory of Bigelow Professor of Ichthyology Karel Liem, who was a master practical joker.
  • Encyclopedia of Life has been named among the top 16 best educational websites by the Telegraph, a daily newspaper in London, UK. Telegraph.co.uk, 11/12/2009
  • The MCZ celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.  A series of three lectures will commemorate the MCZ’s proud past and promising future, as well as the role of natural history collections in the scientific community.
  • Yael Aminetzach, a postdoctoral researcher in the Hoekstra lab, shows that venomous shrews and lizards evolved toxic proteins in the same way. Harvard Gazette story, 10/29/2009 and CBC interview, 11/21/2009
  • Farish A. Jenkins, Jr. was awarded the prestigious Romer-Simpson Medal at the September meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Bristol, UK. The society's highest award honors sustained and outstanding scholarly excellence in the discipline of vertebrate paleontology. SVP Annual Meeting website, 9/26/2009
  • The Herpetologist’s League has initiated the Ernest E. Williams Research Grants for graduate students, named in honor of the late Ernest E. Williams, former Curator of Herpetology at the MCZ and an honored faculty member of Harvard University. Herpetologist League Website, 9/29/2009
  • Gonzalo Giribet is part of an international research team using scalable phylogenomic methods to place the Acoelomorph flatworms as a sister clade to other bilaterally symmetric animals. The results appear in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Proc. R. Soc. B Abstract, 9/16/2009
  • The MCZ will co-sponsor two of five global lectures for the Darwin 150 Project, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Prof. Everett Mendelsohn and Prof. E.O. Wilson are scheduled to speak. Registration for the September 16th and November 24th lectures is free. 9/8/2009
  • Professor Karel F. Liem, Henry Bryant Bigelow Professor of Ichthyology, Curator of Ichthyology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Honorary Associate and Former Master of Dunster House, died on September 3, 2009. July 2010 symposium in his honor is planned.
  • James McCarthy shared his research on climate change with school teachers from around the Northeast during a weeklong Harvard workshop “Oil and the Contemporary Globe.” Harvard Gazette, 9/1/2009
  • Hopi Hoekstra, Catherine Linnen and Evan Kingsley's article, published in the journal Science, shows mice living in Sand Hills quickly evolved lighter coloration. Harvard Science, 8/27/2009
  • H. Bradley Shaffer begins term as Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology for the 2009-10 academic year. Fellowship details, 7/1/2009
  • The Ernst Mayr Library contributed books, images, manuscripts, and records from the Hassler and Albatross expeditions to the recently unveiled "Expeditions & Discoveries" Open Collections project by Harvard University.
  • Jesse Weber, a graduate student in Hopi Hoekstra's lab, was awarded the Hamilton Prize for the best student paper at the Evolution 2009 Meeting.
  • Work by of Yael Salzman, a postdoctoral researcher in Hopi Hoekstra's lab, on the molecular evolution of toxic proteins in shrews was featured in The Washington Post, 6/8/2009.
  • Graduate student Dino Martins receives a 2009 Whitley Award for his work related to the conservation of insects and sustainable agriculture in Kenya. Watch an online video of Dino’s project. Press Release, 5/13/2009
  • Christopher Kenaley, former Curatorial Assistant in Ichthyology, describes a new species of fish, Photostomias liemi, after Professor Karel Liem. Abstract: Copeia 2009, Full text PDF download (1.41M)
  • Scott Edwards collaborated with recent OEB PhD graduate Leon Claessens to create a 3-D digital model of a rare dodo skeleton in the MCZ's collections. HarvardScience, 2/19/2009.
  • Hopi Hoekstra's work on cryptic coloration in mice was featured in Smithsonian Magazine, 2/10/2009.
  • MCZ mollusks collected by Ernst Mayr, Darwin's finches, and primate skulls are featured in a special exhibit "Rethinking the Darwinian Revolution" through May 2009 at the Cabot Science Library. Harvard College Library, 2/6/2009
  • Arkhat Abzhanov and Hopi Hoekstra are praised among the 'modern Darwins' whose scientific work carries on the legacy Darwin's theory inspired. They are featured in National Geographic, 2/2009.
  • A rare MCZ bee preserved in amber with orchid pollinia is featured in an exhibit titled "Orchids through Darwin's Eyes" at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC until April 2009. NPR, 1/23/2009
  • Arctic mammals from the MCZ, including a polar bear and muskox, loaned to the Berkshire Museum for a special exhibit, "Race to the Top: Arctic Inspiration 1909 & Today," and runs through May 2009. Berkshire Eagle, 1/23/2009
  • Papers by Jonathan Losos, Farish Jenkins and Arkhat Abzhanov are cited among the past decade's 'gems' of evolutionary evidence as Nature marks Darwin's 200th birthday.  Nature, 12/31/2008
  • A paper published by MCZ graduate student Dave Blackburn made it among the top 10 science stories of 2008 featured by ScienceNOW, an online publication maintained by AAAS and Science magazine.  Science, 12/24/2008
  • Launch of the Encyclopedia of Life was one of Nature magazine’s 10 “biggest science stories of the year.”  Nature, 12/18/2008
  • Gonzalo Giribet's paper on metazoan phylogenomics, published in the journal Nature, was included in Discover magazine’s "top 100 Science Stories of 2008."  Discover, 12/4/2008
  • "The Language of Color" is on display through September 6, 2009 at the HMNH. MCZ specimens are featured that highlight the ways animals use color and shows the role that color has played in evolution. A Harvard Magazine story includes a video tour of the exhibit with MCZ Curator Hopi Hoekstra. Harvard Magazine, 10/24/2008
  • Migrating species are represented by MCZ specimens from several departments in a special exhibit at the Cabot Science Library "Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Roaming Caribou Do It: Migration in the Animal Kingdom" through January 2009.  Harvard College Library, 10/16/2008
  • Gonzalo Giribet explained the role of mite harvestmen in National Geographic Channel's Naked Science: "Supercontinent" episode airing on Oct 9, 2008. Program details.
  • OEB and MCZ postdoc Terry J. Ord, working with Jonathan Losos, has described how Jamaican lizards mark their territory with shows of strength at dusk and dawn. Harvard Science story, 8/27/2008
  • MCZ partners with EOL and Microsoft to present natural-history specimens in a new innovative digital-imaging technology known as "Photosynth." More, 8/20/2008
  • "Taking a cue from ants on evolution of humans," the work of Edward O. Wilson is featured in a New York Times story, 7/15/2008.
  • A polar bear mount from the MCZ is on display at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT in an exhibit examining global climate change, which will be open from June to November 2008. Bruce Museum Exhibitions, 6/28/2008
  • Grad Student David Blackburn, working with James Hanken and Farish Jenkins, finds African frogs packing concealed claws. Live Science story, 5/27/2008
  • A new species of Sri Lankan frog described by Madhava Meegaskumbara, postdoctoral fellow, is on 2008 List of Top 10 New Species of the International Institute for Species Exploration. IISE Web story, 5/23/2008
  • MCZ specimens from multiple departments were on display in an exhibit in the Houghton Library featuring European travels to Iran from 1550 to 1700. Harvard Gazette, 5/22/2008
  • An MCZ tiger specimen from 1904 was included in an exhibit featuring European maps of Iran in the 16th and 17th centuries in the Map Gallery Hall at Pusey Library. Harvard Gazette, 5/22/2008
  • Specimens from the MCZ Blaschka Glass Invertebrate collection are on display at the HMNH through January 2009. Harvard Magazine, Volume 110, Number 5, May-June 2008
  • Gonzalo Giribet's phylogenomic sampling research improves resolution of the animal tree of life and is the journal Nature's cover story. Nature, 4/10/2008, (subscription required)
  • James McCarthy has been awarded the 2008 Walker Prize from the Boston Museum of Science. BMOS story, 4/7/2008
  • James McCarthy, co-chair of a United Nations IPCC working group, among delegation honored at laureate Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Harvard Gazette, 12/13/2007
  • The New York Historical Society in New York, NY featured a pair of golden pheasants from the MCZ in an exhibit on the Marquis de Lafayette open from November 2007 through August 2008. New York Historical Society Exhibitions, 11/16/2007
  • Andy Biewener and CFS researcher Timothy Higham study complexity of bird muscles in motion. Harvard Science, 11/14/2007
  • Giant dragonfly wing from an MCZ fossil collection indicates an ancestral dragonfly with a wingspan of almost two and a half feet. Harvard Magazine, Volume 110, Number 2, November-December 2007
  • A pair of MCZ golden pheasants owned by George Washington traveled to Mount Vernon, Virginia to be part of the special exhibit "A Son and his Adoptive Father: The Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington" on display from October 2006 through August 2007. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Exhibits, 10/27/2006
  • Santiago Ramirez, Charles Marshall and Naomi Pierce have identified the ancient fossilized remains of a pollen-bearing bee as the first hint of orchids in the fossil record. Harvard Gazette, 8/29/2007
  • Gonzalo Giribet hunts tiny daddy longlegs to explain continental shifts. New York Times, 8/28/2007
  • E.O. Wilson gives credit to the vast array of pollinators that are constantly at work maintaining the plants upon which we humans depend. Weekend Edition, 6/30/2007
  • Hopi Hoekstra and Farish Jenkins among the "Top 10" recognized by the journal Science for 2006 breakthroughs. Science, 12/22/2006
  • A portion of the MCZ Blaschka Glass Invertebrate collection makes an unprecedented trip to Minneapolis. Harvard Gazette, 12/14/2006
  • Judy Chupasko, James Hanken, Stefan Cover and Ardis Johnston describe some of the historically significant specimens in the MCZ collections and discuss the value of keeping objects that may not ever be displayed. All Things Considered, 08/10/2005
  • Canine mounts and skulls from the MCZ included in a special exhibit "The Nature of Dogs" at the Bruce Museum from July to November 2006. Bruce Museum Exhibitions, 7/1/2006
  • An extinct Spix's Macaw specimen from the MCZ, featured in Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson's installation which draws parallels between species extinction and loss of art, on exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from June to September 2006. Gardner Museum Special Exhibitions, 6/30/2006
  • MCZ specimens from multiple collections on display in special exhibit "Benjamin Franklin - A How-To Guide: Science and Sociability" which commemorates the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth. The Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments exhibit is open from June to December 2006. CHSI Special Exhibition, 6/5/2006
  • Piotr Naskrecki's book "The Smaller Majority" calls attention to endangered species that are often overlooked but in fact comprise the majority of life on earth - animals smaller than the human hand. Talk of the Nation, 4/10/2005
  • Beaver specimens from the MCZ featured in the exhibit "Beavers: Creatures of Industry" in the Wenham Museum from November 2005 through June 2006. Boston Globe, 3/19/2006
  • MCZ specimens on view at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Bakalar Gallery from February to December 2006 as part of multimedia artist Shintaro Miyake's installation "The Beaver Project." MassArt Exhibitions, 2/8/2006
  • Multiple MCZ collections provided specimens to the Harvard Busch-Reisinger Museum for "Objects for a Kunstkammer: Early European Collecting, 1550-1700" on exhibit from December 2005 through November 2006. HU Art Museums Exhibitions, 12/10/2005
  • MCZ material on display in the special exhibit "Bringing Nature Inside: 17th Century Natural History, Classification, and Vision" at the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments from October 2004 and continuing into 2005. Harvard Magazine, Volume 107, Number 2, November - December 2004
  • Stefan Cover discusses the vital role that ants play in life on earth and shares how his love of ants led him to the MCZ. Living on Earth, 10/19/2004
  • MCZ specimens are the focus of the book "The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History." Book Review, 2004