James Hanken

Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Curator in Herpetology, and Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology
Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Phone: 617-495-2496
E-mail:
Office: 109C MCZ, 26 Oxford Street

Website: http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/hanken


I study the evolution of morphology, developmental biology, and systematics. Most work by my group focuses on amphibians but otherwise addresses a wide range of topics, taxa, and methodologies. The latter range from laboratory-based molecular analyses to extensive field surveys. Current subjects include the evolution of craniofacial patterning in vertebrates; the developmental basis of life-history evolution; systematics, taxonomy and evolution of African frogs and neotropical and Asian salamanders; and amphibian declines and conservation. Active field programs are maintained in Mexico, China and Africa. We also are very active in the Encyclopedia of Life, and especially EOL's Learning + Education group, which is based at MCZ.


Recent Publications


Hanken, J. 2012. Is heterochrony still an effective paradigm for contemporary studies of Evo-Devo? In Conceptual Change in Biological Science: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, 1981–2011 (A. Love, ed.), pp. xxx–xxx. Accepted for publication.

Dou, L., G. Cao, P. J. Morris, R. A. Morris, B. Ludascher, J. A. Macklin and J. Hanken. 2012. Kurator: A Kepler package for data curation workflows. ICCS 2012 Workshop on Advances in Kepler Scientific Workflow System and Its Applications. Procedia Computer Science. Accepted for publication.

Wheeler, Q. D., S. Knapp, D. W. Stevenson, J. Stevenson, S. D. Blum, B. M. Boom, G. G. Borisy, J. L. Buizer, M. R. de Carvalho, A. Cibrian, M. J. Donoghue, V. Doyle, E. M. Gerson, C. H. Graham, P. Graves, S. J. Graves, R. P. Guralnick, A. L. Hamilton, J. Hanken, W. Law, D. L. Lipscomb, T. E. Lovejoy, H. Miller, J. S. Miller, S. Naeem, M. J. Novacek, L. M. Page, N. I. Platnick, H. Porter-Morgan, P. H. Raven, M. A. Solis, A. G. Valdecasa, S. van der Leeuw, A. Vasco, N. Vermeulen, J. Vogel and J. B. Woolley. 2012. Mapping the biosphere: Exploring species to understand the origin, organization, and sustainability of biodiversity. Systematics and Biodiversity. Accepted for publication.

Wu Y., Y. Wang and J. Hanken. 2012. Comparative osteology of the genus Pachytriton (Caudata: Salamandridae) from southeastern China. Asiatic Herpetological Research. In press.

Kerney, R. R., D. C. Blackburn, H. Muller and J. Hanken. 2011. Do larval traits re-evolve? Evidence from the embryogenesis of a direct-developing salamander, Plethodon cinereus. Evolution 66: 252-262. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01426.x

Ziermann, J. M., C. Infante, J. Hanken and L. Olsson. 2011. Morphology of the cranial skeleton and musculature in the obligate carnivorous tadpole of Lepidobatrachus laevis (Anura: Ceratophryidae). Acta Zool. DOI: 10.1111/j.1463- 6395.2011.00525.x

Gross, J. B., R. Kerney, J. Hanken and C. J. Tabin. 2011. Molecular anatomy of the developing limb in the coqui frog, Eleutherodactylus coqui. Evol. Dev. 13: 415– 426. DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-142X.2011.00500.x

Courses Taught


FRSEMR 41u: Museums
OEB 167: Herpetology
OEB 269: Biodiversity in Crisis: Worldwide Amphibian Declines and Extinctions
OEB 261r: Developmental Mechanisms of Evolutionary Change