OEB News

Aieral view from Phenocam at Harvard ForestOEB Prof. Andrew Richardson helped BBC's Earth's Greatest Spectacles team track seasonal rhythms by filming trees at the Harvard Forest for one year, documenting changes in the New England forest.Full StoryVideo Here.
HarvestmanOEB Prof. Giribet discovery of two 99 million year-old daddy longlegs, enshrined in Burmese amber, not only helps explain the penis morphology of the harvestman, it also confirms a new extinct family of harvestmen. Full Story here and here.
L. Mahadevan Gel BrainOEB Prof. L. Mahadevan's latest study uses physics to explain brain wrinkles. Using MRI scans of fetal brains to build a gel model, researchers were able to see the folding process is driven by physics rather than biology.  Full Story.
Miura-Ori PatternOEB Professor, L. Mahadevan and his team's latest study in Nature Materials shows how a fundamental origami fold can be used as a building block to create almost any three-dimensional shape, from nanostructures to buildings. Full Story.
Brazilian Atlantic Cloud ForestOEB Prof. Paul Moorcroft's latest paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences introduces a new model that may provide the best look so far at how tropical forests respond to changes in climate. Full Story.
CRLS StudentsOEB Prof. Peter Girguis has partnered again with Cambridge Rindge and Latin School to show students the many sides of marine biology. Students visited the new marine exhibit in the Putnam Family Gallery, toured Harvard laboratories, and heard from Prof. Girguis and graduate students pursuing careers in marine biology. Full Story.
Brazilian Atlantic Cloud ForestOEB Prof. Paul Moorcroft's latest paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences introduces a new model that may provide the best look so far at how tropical forests respond to changes in climate. Full Story.
Bence ÖlveczkyQ&A with OEB Prof. Bence  Ölveczky featured in Current Biology Magazine. Full Story.
Benjamin de Bivort Using automated video and genetic analysis, OEB Prof. Benjamin de Bivort explains why individuals behave differently in his TEDx Talk. Watch Here

OEB Faculty Spotlight

OEB Research in Focus

Current Research Areas


Groundbreaking research in the life sciences is now more interdisciplinary than ever and it is often the case that OEB faculty work in more than one of these areas.

OEB Strategic Partners

The Broad Institute is a research collaboration of MIT and Harvard, created to bring the power of genomics to medicine. Colleen Cavanaugh, Dan Hartl, Maryellen Ruvolo, and Pardis Sabetiare associate members of the institute.

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Undergraduate Study

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The OEB concentration provides opportunities for students to study biological diversity in the field, whether close to home or abroad.

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Graduate Program


OEB Graduate students participate in collaborative forefront research in their chosen area of study.

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