A new genus of terrestrial lizard is named after Edward O. Wilson, Faculty Emeritus in the MCZ. Wilsonosaura is dedicated to Prof. Wilson in recognition of his lifelong contributions to biodiversity research and conservation. The genus is described in the journal Salamandra.
The MCZ is now accepting applications for a Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator.
The Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator operates and manages the Paleontology Preparation Laboratory and cares for fossils in the vertebrate paleontology collection. Research priorities of the department are established by the Faculty-Curator, Stephanie Pierce.
A recent study from MCZ Faculty-Curator of Lepidoptera, Naomi Pierce, and collaborators, looked at tissues in butterfly wings that are supplied by circulatory, neural and tracheal systems, indicating that the wing is a dynamic, living structure. Behavioral assays show that butterflies use wings to sense visible and infrared radiation, responding with specialized behaviors to prevent overheating of their wings. The study is published in... Read more about Living portions of butterfly wings prevent overheating
With profound sadness, we note the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Jim McCarthy, on December 11th after a protracted illness. Jim was a towering figure, whose impact as a scholar, policy advisor, and human being was extraordinary. The MCZ community is greatly diminished by his loss, and we will all feel Jim’s absence deeply.
The MCZ is saddened to say that MCZ Faculty governing board memember, Robert (Bobby) Goelet, passed away earlier this month at the age of 96. To say that Bobby led a very full life doesn't come close to capturing all that he did and experienced. After graduating from Harvard in 1945 with an A.B. in history, Bobby was a champion for natural history research, collections, and conservation. Among the many distinguished appointments he held, in addition to the MCZ Faculty, was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History.
The MCZ is delighted to welcome the 2019 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellows, Miquéias Ferrão, Cong Liu, Tiago Simões and Stephen Pates. We held a small reception to celebrate their arrival and hear Prof. Wilson talk about their important role in describing new species.
This fellowship is made possible through a generous founding gift from Edward O. Wilson, Faculty-Curator Emeritus and University Research Professor Emeritus, with support from additional donors (allowing an inaugural year of four fellows, including two Alexander Agassiz fellows...