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Past Lab Meeting Schedules


September 2015

We're excited to be joined by new PhD student Jonathan Schmitt, who completed his Master's and undergraduate degrees at the University of New Mexico.

We bid farewell to graduate student Maude Baldwin, who is assuming a 5-year junior leader position at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany

June 2015

We are pleased to be joined by postdoc Alison Cloutier, who got her PhD at the Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto.

May 2015

Graduate student Shane Campbell-Staton defends his dissertation on temperature-dependent phylogeography in Anolis carolinensis. Congrats Shane!


Junior Fellow Cassie Stoddard accepts a faculty position in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Princeton. Congratulations Cassie!


April 2015


Scott gets a surprise call from Neil Shubin to learn he was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences! This is what actually led to the Facebook page ...

The Edwards lab launches a lab Facebook page!

(for current and former lab members and collaborators)



August 2014

Past and present members of the Edwards lab make a showing at the 26th International Ornithological Congress in Tokyo. See photo.


Graduate student Maude Baldwin leads a study of the evolution of sweet taste perception in hummingbirds, published in Science (Aug. 22, 2014 issue). The study was funded by a Dissertation Improvement Grant from NSF

The Edwards lab is pleased to welcome Dr. Tim Sackton, a new postdoc in the lab. Tim will collaborate with graduate student Phil Grayson, Director of Research Informatics Michele Clamp, and our other collaborators, to use comparative genomics to study the evolution of flightlessness in palaeognath birds.

June 2014

Past and present members of the Edwards lab make a showing at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution. See photo.

March 2014

The Edwards Lab is pleased to welcome Dr. Simon Yung Wa Sin, a recent PhD from the Wildlife Conservation Unit at the University of Oxford. In collaboration with Dr. Gabrielle Nevitt, Simon will study the genomics of chemical individuality and olfaction-based behavior in Leach's Storm Petrels.

September 2013

Our lab is pleased to be joined by graduate student Phil Grayson, who just completed his Master's Degree at the University of Winnipeg on the evolution of reproductive genes in mice.


August 2013

Graduate student Allison Shultz receives a 'best student paper' award at the 2013 meetings of the American Ornithologists' Union in Chicago. Congrats, Allison!


Christie Riehl wins a 2013 Young Professional Award given by the Cooper Ornithological Society. Congrats Christie!


July 2013

We are pleased to host visiting professor Michael A. Russello as the 2013 Sarah Hrdy Fellow in Conservation Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.


June 2013

Junior Fellow Cassie Stoddard is one of five recipients of the prestigious L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science. Congratulations Cassie!

Scott joins the National Science Foundation as a Division Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). Scott will serve in this capacity until June 2015.

Graduate student Allison Shultz is awarded a Rosemary Grant Research Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution


We are pleased to host two student interns this summer, Elisa Dierickx (Harvard class of 2011) and Eren Ada. Elisa is learning the Rad-tag technique before heading to a PhD program in conservation biology at the University of Cambridge, (UK) and Eren, and undergraduate biology major from Ahi Evran University in Kirsehir, Turkey, is learning about phylogenetics and bioinformatics


April 2013

Graduate student Allison Shultz is awarded a Frank M. Chapman research award from the American Museum of Natural History for her research on House Finches


December 2012

Junior Fellows Christie Riehl and Cassie Stoddard receive new funding through the William F. Milton Fund, administered by the Harvard Medical School


Christie Riehl receives a Putnam Expedition Grant from the Museum of Comparative Zoology to go to Panama to study how female anis use conspecific brood parasitism to increase their reproductive success.

September 2012

Harvard PhD student Zhang Qu (Human Evolutionary Biology) and Scott test the hypothesis that flight and intron size in amniotes are interrelated in a new paper in Genome Biology and Evolution. Read the paper and the associated news story published in GBE.

The Edwards lab is joined by two Harvard Junior Fellows with interests in ornithology. Cassie Stoddard will conduct interdisciplineary studies on the evolution of eggs and eggshells, combining chemistry, mathematical models, and genomics. Christie Riehl will continue integrative field and lab studies of cooperatively breeding anis, focusing on trade-offs between parasitism and cooperation.

The Edwards lab is joined by sabbatical visitor and computational biologist Mary O’Connell. Mary hails from Dublin City University, Ireland, and will be supported by a Fullbright Fellowship.


August 2012
Former postdoc Frank Rheindt accepts a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. Frank looks forward to continued research in avian phylogeography and phylogenetics. Congratulations, Frank!



July 2012
As President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Scott gives his Presidential lecture at the Society’s annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada.

Several lab members, including Niclas Backström and Allison Shultz, return from a successful 3-week collecting expedition to Mongolia. The expedition was a collaboration between Professor Sundev Gombobaatar of the National University of Mongolia, his staff and students, and the Department of Ornithology of the MCZ. Read about the expedition in the 2011-2012 MCZ Annual report.





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