Scientists, Artists Discuss Henry David Thoreau Plant Collection

A panel of artists and scientists involved in creating an exhibit on the plant collection of Henry Thoreau explored the intersection between art and botany as a means to inspire conversations about climate in a Harvard Museum of Natural History event on Thursday.

Ancient Crabs

Amber recovered from the jungles of Southeast Asia by Harvard postdoctoral researcher Javier Luque and his team provided new insights into what is now believed to be the oldest modern-looking crustacean species, Cretapsara athanata.

Distinguished Harvard Geneticist Richard C. Lewontin ’50, A ‘Fantastic Mentor,’ and ‘Polymath,’ Dies at 92

Richard C. Lewontin ’50, a renowned population geneticist and organismic and evolutionary biology professor at Harvard, died on July 4 at the age of 92. Though he retired in 2003, he remained involved with Harvard until shortly before his death.

Harvard Researchers Link Arm Bones and Evolutionary Timelines

A team of researchers from Harvard and the University of Cambridge used novel techniques to examine how and when early tetrapods — four-limbed animals — transitioned from living in marine environments to terrestrial ones.

Understanding Islands

Jonathan B. Losos ’84, professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, explains the ecological significance of islands and their role in understanding evolution. The talk took place in a packed Geological Lecture Hall and was part of the Cambridge Science Festival, happening from April 17-26.

Incubating Ideas

A set of emu eggs are incubated Thursday afternoon at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The eggs are on loan from an emu farm in Gill, MA, to which the chicks will be returned after hatching.

OEB Concentration Renamed Integrative Biology

The Organismic and Evolutionary Biology concentration will be renamed Integrative Biology, according to an email announcement sent to concentrators Thursday.

Concentration Satisfaction: Class of 2012

As freshmen enter the second week of Advising Fortnight, Flyby presents a complete set of data from the Class of 2012's concentration satisfaction ratings. For all freshmen looking to narrow down the list of potential concentrations, sophomores or juniors curious about their chosen concentrations, and seniors reflecting on their undergraduate careers, here are the stats from last year's graduating seniors on how satisfied they were with their respective concentrations. Check out our four interactive graphs showing overall satisfaction rates among Humanities, Natural Sciences, SEAS, and Social Sciences concentrators in the Class of 2012.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

With help from professors Andrew Berry, Stephen Blyth, and Steven Pinker, Fifteen Minutes celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday and National Read Across America Day by reading an abridged version of Dr. Seuss's "Fox in Sox."

Naomi Pierce

Naomi Pierce is a member of National Geographic's Committee for Research and Exploration. She traveled to India for a site visit of one of their grants to learn about the research being done.

OEB Spring Break

Professor Scott Edwards and 13 students from OEB190: Biology and Diversity of Birds visited the highland rainforest near Volcan Baru in Panama over Spring Break for bird watching.

Richard T. T. Forman, Professor of Landscape Ecology at the Graduate School of Design, speaks with members of the audience at a reception following his talk on Biodiversity, Ecology, and Global Change yesterday.

Andrew Berry

In our new Office Hours series, we interview some of Harvard's most colorful professors on issues related, or sometimes unrelated, to their field of expertise. In this edition, Professor Andrew Berry talks about Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the beauty of evolutionary theory.

Footwear Changes Running Stride

Shoe-wearing runners have adapted their gait to their footwear, according to a recent study led by Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel E. Lieberman ’86 and published in Nature magazine.

Wildlife biologist Stephen Destefano and photographer Amy Stein discuss the increasingly blurred borderline between human development and wildlife at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Saturday afternoon. Both Destefano's new book, "Coyote at the Kitchen Door", and Stein's new exhibit at the museum, "Domesticated: Modern Dioramas of our New Natural History", address this theme.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History

If you have the ability to access the Harvard Museum of Natural History at night, I wouldn't recommend exercising it. The sounds of creaking heating pipes and girders are all too perfect accompaniments to the macabre display.

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