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Richard Lewontin

In Memoriam: Dick Lewontin 1929-2021

July 6, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that our colleague Dick Lewontin died on Sunday, July 4th after a lengthy period of ill health. He was best known for his stellar population genetics work, and to those close to him, for his generosity and collegiality. He arrived at the MCZ in 1973, and held one of the Alexander Agassiz Professorships until 1998, and retired in 2003, but remained extremely active until his illness started a few years ago. We offer our condolences to his four sons and multiple grandchildren.


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Gonzalo Giribet named director of the MCZ

July 1, 2021

We are pleased to welcome the new director of the MCZ, Gonzalo Giribet. James Hanken is stepping down from the role after 20 years during which he was instrumental in modernizing the museum’s collection, teaching and research facilities; overseeing the recruitment of several outstanding faculty-curators; and spearheading several specimen databasing and digital imaging initiatives. We thank him for his passion for and unwavering dedication to the MCZ.  

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