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2013–2014 Lectures


Antje Stokman

River. Space. Design: Towards a New Urban Water Culture
New Directions in EcoPlanning Annual Lecture
Antje Stokman, Professor and Director of Landscape Planning and Ecology, Stuttgart University, Germany


2013 Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Evolution Matters Lecture Series 

Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live
Marlene Zuk, Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

From the Big Bang to Broadway: How Things Evolve
Robert Hazen, Research Scientist, Carnegie Geophysical Laboratory and Professor of Earth Sciences, George Mason University

Jurassic Mothers from China: Origins and Evolution of Mammals
Zhe-Xi Luo, Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

What Art Thou, Little Bird?: Developmental Mechanisms for the Origin and Evolution of Birds
Arkhat Abzhanov, Harvard Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology


2011-2012 Lectures



The Grand Diversity of Fishes: Form, Function, and Evolution
George V. Lauder, Professor of Biology and Curator of Ichthyology in Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology




How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind
Charles H. Langmuir, Professor of Geochemistry, Harvard University



The Biology and Evolution of Mollusks
Gonzalo Giribet, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at Harvard’s MCZ
Photo of giant clam courtesy of Gonzalo Giribet.



A Great Green Cloud: The Rise and Fall of the City of Elms
Thomas Campanella, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of North Carolina




Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine
Piotr Naskrecki, Entomologist, Photographer and Author, Researcher at Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Photo by Piotr Naskrecki



Evolution Matters Lecture Series
The Origin of Cellural Life
Jack W. Szostak, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Distinguished Investigator at Mass. General

From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes:
The Principles of Collective Behavior 
Iain Couzin, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton

Evolutionary Medicine at 20: Not yet Mature, but on the Way
Randolph Nesse, Director of the Evolution & Human Adaptation Program at University of Michigan

Why Evolution is True and Why Many People Still Don’t Believe It
Jerry Coyne, Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago


Challenges and Choices Lecture Series

Forest Invaders: How Invasive Species Are Reshaping the Wooded Landscape by David Orwig and Davis Foster

Challenges and Choices: The History and Future of New England Forests by David Foster, Director of Harvard Forest

The Emergent Forest of New England by Peter Del Tredici, botanist and senior research scientist at the Arnold Arboretum

How Much Can Trees and Forests Slow the Global Warming Increase by atmospheric chemist Steven Wofsy and forest ecologist Andrew Richardson



2010-2011 Lectures

Restoring an Urban Watershed: Ecology, Equity, and Design, by Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of landscape architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Here On Earth: A Natural History of the Planet, by Tim Flannery, Professor of Science at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and Chief Commissioner of Australia's Climate Commission

2011 Evolution Matters Lecture Series
Heads Up! How and Why the Amazing Human Head Evolved to Be the Way It Is
, by Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard

The Evolution of Childhood: The Role of Development in Explaining Human Uniqueness, by Melvin Konner, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Emory University

Persuasion in a Climate of Uncertainity, a panel discussion with Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School; James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Bruce Gellerman, award-winning reporter and producer, Public Radio’s Living on Earth. Moderated by Allan Brandt, Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.    



2009-2010 Lectures

Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation with James D. Watson and Edward O. Wilson, moderated by Robert Krulwich

This Brick Ark: Celebrating Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology's (MCZ) First 150 Years and the Beginning of the Next 150, by Dr. James Hanken, Director of the MCZ

Natural History Museums and Society, by Dr. Cristián Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution

2010 Evolution Matters Lecture Series
The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin's Dilemma,
by Dr. Marc Kirschner, Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School

The Evolutionary and Genetic Basis of Human Reproduction, by Dr. David Page, Director of the Whitehead Institute and Professor of Biology at MIT

2010 Prather Lecture Series by Edward O. Wilson

Defining an Environmental Vocabulary, by Dr. Jane Wolff, Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Toronto

2009 Evolution Matters Lecture Series
Darwin at 200: Rethinking the Revolution,
by Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University

Evolution in the Post-Genomic Age, by Pardis Sabeti, Assistant Professor in Harvard University’s Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Survival of the Fleetest, Smartest, or Fattest?: Human Evolution 150 Years After Darwin, by Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University

Finding Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin, University of Chicago Paleontologist

Designing the Urban Ark: Biodiversity and the Future of Cities, by Kristina Hill, Associate Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia

Conserving the World's Biodiversity: How the Climate Crisis Could Both Hurt and Help, by Dr. Russell Mittermeier, President of Conservation International



Watch other Harvard Museum of Natural History lecture videos featured on WGBH Forum Network and Harvard@Home. Lecturers include Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, author of Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding, and world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.