OEB News

Joe Roman is the 2014-2015 Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology. The fellowship is awarded to an individual who will engage in scientific study and work in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.
Ebola Research BOSTON GLOBE, 8/28/2014: Early this summer, tubes of inactivated Ebola virus from Sierra Leone began arriving at the lab of OEB Professor, Pardis Sabeti. Scientists worked in round-the-clock shifts to analyze their contents. Full story
Sperm Aggregate Congratulations to Heidi Fisher, postdoc in Hopi Hoekstra's lab for her paper demonstrating the fitness benefit of sperm cooperation and featured in National Geographic online (07/14).
Hopi Hoekstra.  Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerHopi Hoekstra is named one of five Harvard College Professors honored for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Full story
Andrew H. KnollThe Journal Nature Communications has published a finding by Dr. Mary C. Stoddard, OEB
Post-doc in Dr. Scott Edwards' lab, and her colleagues from the University of Cambridge. "The ability of Common Cuckoos to mimic the appearance of many of their hosts' eggs has been known for centuries. The astonishing finding here is that hosts can fight back against cuckoo mimicry by evolving highly recognizable patterns on their own eggs, just like a bank might insert watermarks on its currency to deter counterfeiters," said Dr. Stoddard. Full story
Andrew H. KnollOEB Professor Peter Girguis opened his lab to three high school interns as part of a new collaboration between Harvard Cambridge Rindge and Latin. "We've been able to give students exposure to a research lab and allow them to experience the joy of discovery, innovation, and the challenges associated with it,” said Girguis. Full story
Andrew H. KnollThe University of Chicago plans to bestow on OEB Professor Andrew H. Knoll an honorary degree for his distinguished scholarship in Paleontology. Full story
Hopi Hoekstra has been awarded the Congratulations to graduating senior Tanner Strickland who won the Hoopes Prize for his thesis, "Lizards bridging the gap: Phylogeography of the Puerto Rican Crested Anole (Anolis cristatellus) across the Puerto Rican Bank.”
Hopi Hoekstra has been awarded the Hopi Hoekstra has been awarded the "Spark Award" from the Women in Science Harvard Radcliffe (WiSHR) for "continually inspiring young women in science." Nominees are chosen by votes from members of the Harvard undergraduate community. WiSHR is a student-run organization for undergraduate women engaged in science at Harvard College.
Work from the Extavour Lab suggests that BMP signaling may underlie the evolution of reproductive cells in the last common ancestor of animals Work from the Extavour Lab suggests that BMP signaling may underlie the evolution of reproductive cells in the last common ancestor of animals. Read the original article in Proceedings of the Royal Academy of the USA.


Peter Girguis is partnering with the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Peter Girguis is partnering with the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School on the Marine Science Internship program at Harvard, which provides a transformative research experience for local high school students. Learn more about this exciting program here.
2D projection of Apotome sections through developing oocytes of Gryllus bimaculatus. Work from the Extavour Lab shows that evolutionary changes in insulin signaling underlie differential reproductive capacity between species of fruit flies, and that the same mechanism also explains why different species show distinct changes in reproductive capacity when faced with changing nutritional conditions. Read the original article in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.
Martha MunozCongratulations to Losos Lab graduate student Martha Munoz, the winner of this year's Raymond B. Huey Award for the Best Student Presentation in the Division of Ecology and Evolution at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings in Austin.
L MahadevanL Mahadevan is co-creator of a mathematical model that has shed some light on how swarming bees stay warm in the cold and avoid getting too hot. The findings were published in the Journal of the Royal Society on December 11, 2013.
Michael RusselloHrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology Michael Russello has found that tortoise populations on a Galapagos island frequented by mariners contain hybrids representing two species now extinct on their home islands.
Evolution BookThe Princeton Guide to Evolution is edited by a distinguished team of evolutionary biologists including Hopi Hoekstra and editor-in-chief Jonathan Losos. This new reference work covers the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions and contains over 100 articles.
J LososThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute has released a new short film, The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, featuring Jonathan Losos. Shot on location in the Caribbean, Losos demonstrates the traits that enable dozens of anole species to adapt to different vertical niches in the forest. The film is part of the HHMI Biointeractive series of resources for science teachers and students.

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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