Dr. Andrew Berry
Born in London, Andrew Berry has a degree in zoology from Oxford University and a PhD in evolutionary genetics from Princeton University. He was a Harvard Junior Fellow, and is still at Harvard where he is currently Lecturer on Organismic & Evolutionary Biology. Combining the techniques of field biology with those of molecular biology, his work has been a search for evidence at the DNA level of Darwinian natural selection. He has published on topics as diverse as Giant Rats in New Guinea, mice on Atlantic islands, aphids from the Far East, and the fruit fly. At Harvard, he currently co-teaches courses on evolutionary biology (with Hopi Hoekstra), on the development of evolutionary thinking (with Janet Browne), and on the physical basis of biological systems (with Logan McCarty and Melissa Franklin). He also teaches a Harvard study abroad summer program based at Queen’s College, Oxford, that combines history of science with a review of current thought in evolutionary biology. He has additionally taught courses in less predictable venues, like Sabanci University, Istanbul, and the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. He has given lectures on evolutionary topics to popular audiences all over the world – everywhere from Ankara to the Antarctic. His non-technical writing has appeared in, among others, Slate, The Independent, and the London Review of Books. He is the editor of a collection of the writings of Alfred Russel Wallace, the Victorian biologist who, with Charles Darwin, co-discovered natural selection (Infinite Tropics, Verso 2002), and the author, with James D. Watson, of an account of the history and impact of modern genetics published to mark the 50th anniversary of Watson & Crick's discovery of the double helix (DNA, Knopf 2003). He has worked in script development for two major television series: "Race, the Power of an Illusion" (3 parts, California Newsreel, PBS 2003); "DNA" (5 parts, Windfall Films, London. Channel 4 2003, PBS 2003). As an educator and popularizer, his mission is to demystify the most important and most misinterpreted of all biological ideas, evolution.
Dr. Andrew Biewener
Andrew Biewener is a world-leading scientist working in the fields of comparative vertebrate biomechanics and physiology. His work has spanned from studies of skeletal biomechanics and scaling to the neuromuscular control of flight in birds and the biomechanics of running birds and mammals. Recent studies have involved collaborations with engineering colleagues to explore biomimetic applications to gait rehabilitation and biorobotics. After receiving his BS degree in Zoology from Duke University in 1974 and his MA 1980) and PhD in Biology from Harvard University in 1982, Biewener began his academic appointments as an Instructor (1982-84), Assistant Professor (1984-90), and Professor (1990-1998) at the University of Chicago, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy from 1996-98. He was then appointed Charles P. Lyman Professor in Biology at Harvard University in 1998 and is the Director of the Concord Field Station. He holds both of these appointments at present. He also served as Chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from 2001 to 2010 and was President of the American Society of Biomechanics in 2001–2002. In addition to his academic appointments, Biewener is currently Deputy Editor-in-Chief with The Journal of Experimental Biology and has served on the Editorial Boards of Biological Letters, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, and Journal of Morphology. Biewener has served as an ad hoc member and is now a regular member of the NIH Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences (MRS) study section, in addition to having served on several NSF research grant panels. He has published over 135 primary research papers, has trained 14 PhDs and 15 post-doctoral fellows. He teaches courses in the college on Human Evolutionary Biology and Comparative Biomechanics, and helped to co-author a new introductory biology textbook, How Life Works, published by W.H. Freeman and Sons (2013).
Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science in Harvard
University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is one of the world's leading
scholars on the life, times, and impact of Charles Darwin, a compelling
historical figure who exerts a continuing powerful influence on our
Janet’s interests range widely over the history of the life sciences and natural history. After a degree in zoology from Trinity College, Dublin she turned to history of science. Her first book, "The Secular Ark", traces the history of naturalists interested in the question of how species are distributed around the world. She has also written on the history of museums, specimen collecting, and botanic gardens. Since then she has specialized in reassessing Charles Darwin’s work, first as associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, and more recently as author of a major biographical study that integrates Darwin’s science with his life and times. Widely read by a general audience, Browne's Darwin biographies have been described by various reviewers as "magisterial," "monumental," "dazzling," "definitive," "brilliant," and a "masterpiece." Her work has won several notable literary and scholarly prizes.
A veteran HMNH leader, Dr. Charles Burnham, Professor of
Mineralogy, Emeritus, at Harvard University, has served in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences for 30 years, where he taught mineralogy, crystallography, and environmental geology, and lectured on glaciers and ice ages. He served occasionally as visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Cambridge, and at ETH in Switzerland. Since retiring from Harvard in 1996, he has been Adjunct Professor of Geology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He has lectured previously on Harvard travel programs to the Canadian Rockies, Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego, Alaska and the Yukon, Antarctica, Hudson Bay, Labrador and Newfoundland, and the Canadian Arctic islands. He is interested in global plate tectonics and volcanology, especially the origins of magmas and the hazards of eruptions. In addition to extensive knowledge of high-latitude ecosystems, he is interested in global warming issues, especially as they relate to Earth's cryosphere and its impacts on future sea level.
Prof. Brian D. Farrell
Brian D. Farrell is a professor of biology in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and curator of entomology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. The recipient of many awards, honors, and grants, he teaches courses on evolution, the foundations of biological diversity, a Harvard summer school course on the biodiversity of Hispaniola, where he spends each summer, and a freshman seminar on acoustic biology. He is an expert on beetles, as was his predecessor Dr. Philip J. Darlington who also performed research in Hispaniola and Cuba. Professor Farrell is involved with developing teaching aids for biodiversity education for K-12 in Spanish and English that are centered on the Boston Harbor Islands and Hispaniola. Brian spent his 2011—2012 sabbatical year as a Fulbright Scholar to the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic where his spouse Irina Ferreras was born. Brian and his family have traveled throughout Latin America together.
Dr. David Foster
David is an ecologist and author of Thoreau’s Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), New England Forests Through Time ( 2000; both Harvard University Press),Forests in Time – The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004; Yale University Press) and Wildland and Woodlands: A Vision for the Forests of Massachusetts (Harvard University). He has been a faculty member in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard since 1983 and Director of the Harvard Forest, the University’s 3500-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in central Massachusetts since 1990. David is the Principal Investigator for the Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and involving more than 100 scientists and students investigating the dynamics of New England landscape as a consequence of climate change, human activity, and natural disturbance.
David has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota and has conducted studies in the boreal forests of Labrador, Sweden and Norway and the forests of Puerto Rico, the Yucatan, and Patagonia in addition to his primary research on landscape dynamics in New England. His interests focus on understanding the historical changes in forest ecosystems that result from human and natural disturbance and applying these results to the conservation and management of natural and cultural landscapes. He currently serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, Trustees of Reservations, Conservation Research Foundation and Highstead Foundation.
At Harvard University David teaches courses on forest ecology and environmental change and directs the graduate program in forest biology. He lives in Shutesbury, Massachusetts with his wife Marianne Jorgensen and their children Christian and Ava.
Owen Gingerich is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. In 1992-93 he chaired Harvard's History of Science Department. Professor Gingerich's research interests have ranged from the recomputation of an ancient Babylonian mathematical table to the interpretation of stellar spectra. He is co-author of two successive standard models for the solar atmosphere, the first to take into account rocket and satellite observations of the sun. Professor Gingerich has been vice president of the American Philosophical
Society (America's oldest scientific academy) and he has served as chairman of
the US National Committee of the International Astronomical Union. He has been a
councilor of the American Astronomical Society, and he helped organize its
Historical Astronomy Division. In 2000 he won the Division’s Doggett Prize for his contributions to the history of astronomy. The AAS awarded him their Education Prize for 2004.
A world traveler, he has successfully observed twelve total solar eclipses
James Hanken is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Curator in Herpetology, and Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He received A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. After a postdoctoral stint at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He moved to Harvard in 1999, where he also is Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a member of the Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine Program, Harvard School of Dental Medicine. His research focuses on the evolutionary morphology, development, and systematics of vertebrates, especially amphibians. His laboratory maintains active field programs in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life and serves on the board of directors of the Natural Science Collections Alliance and the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Biological Sciences. He is past-President of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists and former Chair of the International Board of Directors for the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force.
James J. McCarthy is Harvard's Agassiz Professor of Oceanography and from 1982 until 2002 he served as the Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Gonzaga University and his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is one of three U.S. scientists who had leadership roles in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has also had major roles in the 2005 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, the 2007 Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment, and the 2009 US national climate assessment. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and he served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2009-10. Prof. McCarthy was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the US Arctic Research Commission. He and his wife, Sue, have led many HMNH trips to polar regions.
Jeffery Quilter is the William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Dr. Quilter had previously been the Peabody Museum's deputy director for curatorial affairs, curator for intermediate area archaeology, and a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard, since 2005. Prior to his arrival at the Peabody, he spent ten years as director of pre-Columbian studies and curator of the pre-Columbian collection at Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, D.C. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1981. He has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Yale University, and Ripon College, Wisconsin, where he served on the faculty for 15 years. Dr. Quilter has conducted archaeological field investigations in several U.S. states, but his special interest has focused on the intermediate area (the region between Mesoamerica and South America), specifically Peru and Costa Rica. He has worked at the El Brujo archaeological complex, Peru, and currently the associated colonial-period site of Magdalena Cao Viejo since 2002. His work has been supported by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities and he is the author of four books and over 40 articles. He is best known for his team's discovery of a lost language; a Spaniard had written a trace of on a small piece of paper 400 years ago and it was later excavated at the Magdalena Cao Viejo site.
Mark Van Baalen, Ph.D., is a geologist and Associate in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard. He also serves on the Board of Freshman Advisers. Mark teaches both traditional geology and environmental geology. His particular interests include the metamorphic rocks of ancient mountain belts, the development of landscapes through glaciation, and the mitigation of volcanic hazards. Mark is often accompanied by his wife Louisa, who is Director of Doctoral Programs at the Kennedy School of Government. Mark and Louisa have lead numerous HMNH trips and have traveled in Alaska and other parts of the Arctic, Central Asia, and are experienced pilots and sailors.
Bob Woollacott is a professor of biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a curator of marine invertebrates in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Bob joined the faculty in 1972 and over the years has taught courses in marine and reproductive biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Presently, his research and teaching focus on issues such as human impacts and biological invasions in the marine environment. Bob also has a deep involvement with Japan, in its science as well as its culture and art. He has served on the editorial boards of two Japanese journals and lectured often at Japanese universities and marine laboratories. As an amateur scholar and collector, Bob has interests focused especially on woodblock prints and illustrated books from the Edo to early Showa periods. Bob is a frequent lecturer and host on Harvard educational travel programs.
Warren M. Zapol, M.D.
Warren M. Zapol, M.D. is Reginald Jenney Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Emeritus Anesthetist-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has contributed to the understanding of acute respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary hypertension and the control of vascular resistance during inflammatory lung disease, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (artificial lungs), and, most recently, the successful use of inhaled nitric oxide to treat pulmonary hypertension, saving thousands of newborn blue babies and adults. His field research has been on the diving reflex, studying champion deep divers of the animal kingdom, especially the Weddell Seals of Antarctica. As a result he has traveled to Antarctica a dozen times, and has lectured on six trips for the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The Zapol glacier (78S, 85W) was named for him in Antarctica. Warren was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, and serves on the Committee for Aerospace Medicine and Medicine in Extreme Environments (NASA medical oversight) of the IOM. He was appointed by President Bush to serve as the Academic Commissioner on the US Arctic Research Commission.
HMNH Trip and Study Leaders
Alfie and Sally Alcorn both are veteran world travelers, having
developed and led trips for the HMNH Travel Program to all corners
of the earth. Together they have experience escorting trips to Africa,
Alaska, Argentina & Chile, China, Costa Rica, Crete, India, Indonesia,
Israel & Jordan, Mongolia, Rapa Nui, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
Alfie was born in England, moved to the United States as a child,
and graduated from Harvard. An avid birder and wildflower enthusiast,
he has repeatedly visited the British Isles. Before retiring in 1998,
his Harvard work experience included serving as editor of the Harvard
Gazette, instructing at the Extension School, and running the Travel
Program for the HMNH. Alfie is also a published novelist. Alfie is
usually joined by his wife Sally, a journalist, publisher, and business
executive who is also an intrepid traveler in her own right.
Leeanne is a Vice-President at Conservation International, an international environmental non-profit organization. Leeanne oversees the Rapid Assessment Program (RAP), an innovative program that employs teams of expert scientists to rapidly collect biological information in unexplored tropical areas. Leeanne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate in Biology from Harvard University, working with Dr. E.O. Wilson. Leeanne’s research focuses on tropical ecology and conservation, with a particular emphasis on ants. Widely traveled, Leeane has led HMNH trips to Mexio, Costa Rica & Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Peruvian Amazon.
Alfonso is a conservation biologist who designs, implements, and manages the research and conservation programs, both domestically and internationally, at the Smithsonian Institution/Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program. The Program is dedicated to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. Alfonso has traveled extensively throughout North, Central and South America, Africa and Asia, speaks fluent Spanish, and is a popular HMNH leader.
Dr. David Blackburn
Dave Blackburn received his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Harvard where he studied principally in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. He is currently a Research Associate at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center. His research deals generally with the history of African biodiversity and focuses specifically on the evolution of diversity in sub-Saharan frogs. As a graduate student, he received numerous teaching awards and a Merit Fellowship from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in order to complete his dissertation work. For three years, he and his wife were also tutors in Harvard College’s Dunster House. Dave has led or been a member of a number of research expeditions to Africa and worked in habitats as diverse as the deserts of the Central Sahara, the plateaus of Malawi, and the grasslands and forests of mountains in Cameroon and Nigeria. His current research interests lie in the history of the fauna of both African mountains and Saharan oases.
Lauren Bruck is the Director of Travel at the HMNH. Well acquainted with the South Pacific, Lauren spent over two years working as an adventure travel guide in Papua New Guinea where she escorted travelers through villages, mountains, rivers and islands. She became the first non-native woman to trek into the Auwin initiation caves and among the first to join the men of New Ireland on their shark calling expedition. She also assisted with a month-long exploratory expedition by canoe through the nearby Solomon Islands.
Lauren is an adventurer who has visited over 50 countries, spending a significant amount of time in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, and she has also lived in Israel and Germany. She has also led tours through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia and South East Asia. Lauren currently serves on the Council of the Harvard Travellers Club, where she has also lectured.
Sharon Collinge is a landscape ecologist and conservation biologist whose research focuses on understanding the ecological consequences of human-induced changes to natural systems. Her work centers on the impacts of habitat loss, fragmentation, and restoration on the persistence of native species. She is particularly interested in the interface between environmental science and policy regarding endangered species and habitat protection.
Sharon earned a doctorate in landscape ecology from Harvard University in 1995 where she was also a Teaching Fellow in the Departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Graduate School of Design. In 1998 she became an assistant professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Sharon was named a 2004 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in recognition of her outstanding leadership ability and desire to communicate scientific issues beyond academic audiences. She also served as a delegate and faculty resource person for the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). In addition to her field research in Colorado, California, and Costa Rica, Sharon is currently pursuing new research on how human activities affect rodents and disease ecology in central Tanzania.
Dr. Jim Costa
Jim Costa is an all-around field naturalist who has studied insect social behavior from the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to southern Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands. A long-time research associate of the MCZ’s Department of Entomology and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Jim is the author of The Other Insect Societies, published by Harvard University Press in 2006. He has taught field courses is Hawai’i and the desert southwest, and his passion for Darwin and the history of evolutionary thinking takes him to England each summer, where he teaches Darwin’s Origin of Species in Harvard’s summer program on Darwin at the University of Oxford. In 2009 Harvard published Jim’s latest book, The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of On the Origin of Species — an annotated edition of the Origin designed to help readers better understand the historical context, structure, and content of Darwin’s masterwork.
Dr. Peter Del Tredici
Peter Del Tredici holds a BA degree in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), a MA degree in Biology from the University of Oregon (1969), and a Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University (1991). He has worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University since 1979, as a plant propagator, Editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections, and, most recently, Senior Research Scientist. Since 1984, Peter has been the Curator of the famous Larz Anderson collections of bonsai plants, housed at the Arboretum. Dr. Del Tredici is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has been teaching since 1992. He is the winner of the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award for 1999, presented annually by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College “in recognition of outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening.”
Dr. Del Tredici has worked on numerous aspects of both botany and horticulture over the past thirty-four years. His interests are wide ranging and include such subjects as new plant introductions from China, the root systems of woody plants, the natural and cultural history of the Ginkgo tree, and most recently spontaneous urban vegetation, which is the subject of his recent book, “Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide” (Cornell University Press, 2010).
Jonathan M. Hansen
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Jonathan M. Hansen is a lecturer in social studies and faculty associate, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, at Harvard University. An intellectual historian by training, he is the author of "The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Debating American Identity, 1890 - 1920" (Chicago, 2003) and "Guantanamo: An American History" (Hill and Wang, 2011), along with articles, editorials, and book reviews on U.S. imperialism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and race and ethnicity.
Dr. Helen James
Helen F. James is Curator in Charge, Division of Birds at the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Her research focus is on evolution and extinction in island avifaunas. She has 20 years of paleontological field experience in Hawaii and on other islands, including Madagascar. With Storrs Olson, in 1991, she published two monographs describing 32 extinct species of fossil birds from the Hawaiian Islands. She continues to study island paleontological records and the causes of prehistoric island extinctions, particularly in Hawaii. Other projects include a morphological phylogeny of the Hawaiian finches (Fringillidae: Drepanidini), and studies of "ancient DNA" and the genetic relationships of extinct Hawaiian birds (with Robert Fleischer and colleagues).
Bryan Jennings is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Humboldt State University where he and his students study the evolutionary and conservation genetics of reptiles and amphibians. His teaching duties at HSU include courses in introductory biology for non-biology majors and advanced courses in genetics, bioinformatics, and biogeography for senior biology students and graduate students. In 2009, Bryan was an invited Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. A lifelong naturalist, he was educated at the University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A. Zoology) and later at the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution). His doctoral research focused on the evolution and biogeography of Australian fauna and flora with an emphasis on lizards using a combination of molecular genetic (DNA) techniques, museum specimens, and fieldwork. In 2002, Bryan continued his Australian research with a focus on birds while a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology and Burke Museum of Natural History at the University of Washington. From 2004-2006, Bryan was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and held a one-year Teaching Fellow appointment in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard.
is the former Director of the MArch II Program at Harvard's Graduate School of Design who currently studies how bio-luminescence (and other forms of energy and light production in nature) provide alternative models of delivering light and electrical energy in buildings. Sheila lectures on the science and history of bio-luminance and its adaptation into the built environment, and on the particular forms of bio-luminous adaptation in animals.
Dr. Silvard Kool
A former curatorial associate in the Mollusk Department at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, Silvard Kool has been a professor of biology at Boston College for the past 12 years, teaching marine biology, evolution and oceanography. While working on his doctoral degree in zoology at The George Washington University, he was appointed as Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, where he conducted his thesis research. Silvard has traveled all over the world for his research and has published many scientific papers on his area of expertise: marine mollusks. He is an experienced snorkeler and certified SCUBA diver who "has spent more hours in the water than on land" according to his wife, Barbara. Silvard has been a leader on several HMNH trips, as well as various other expeditions. He has tremendous experience traveling throughout Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines), the South Pacific (Australia, Fiji, Cook Islands), the Caribbean, and Europe. Silvard was born and raised in the Netherlands and speaks five languages fluently. Aside from having a career as biologist, Silvard is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, and recording artist, with eleven CDs to his name.Silvard's wife, Barbara Monahan, enjoys accompanying Silvard on his travels. She, too, is an expeienced snorkeler and certified SCUBA diver, and has become quite the naturalist. As an accomplished artist, she had her own business in 3-dimensional advertising and then worked in the hospitality field for 14 years. She too, has been a leader with HMNH with the task of structuring art projects for the children (Honduras). She loves traveling, meeting new people and making people smile.
Kristin Lewis is currently a Rowland Junior Fellow at the Rowland Institute at Harvard, working on communication between parasitic plants and their hosts. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University in 2004. Her dissertation research focused on the evolution of chemical defenses in invasive plant species, for which she conducted research in Hungary and Switzerland, as well as New England. Previous work has also included ethnobotanical work with tribal groups in the Philippines, and research on nutrient cycling in native tree plantations in Costa Rica. As a teaching fellow, Kristin has received teaching awards for ecology (including a mini-course on island ecology) and plant ecology. She is an avid traveler and has led HMNH trips to Southern India, Hawaii, and Mexico
Andrew Majewski (B.S. in Biology, Tufts University) has been working in the Harvard museums for over 14 years, starting in 1998 teaching on a volunteer basis. He has been the Education Specialist for the Peabody Museum of Archaelogy and Ethnology's Education Department since 2009, joining shortly after the department’s pilot year. He teaches the in-gallery school programs, manages the volunteer program, and runs weekend family programs. From 2005-2009 he worked as the Education Specialist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and prior, was a Special Visiting Instructor with the Board of Education in Matsuo, Japan, where he lived and taught for three years.
Dino J. Martins
Dino is an East African artist, and naturalist who received his PhD from Harvard's Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. A keen all-round naturalist, Dino has studied a wide range of species in East Africa including baboons, butterflies, ants, acacia trees, and wildflowers. Dino is a regular feature writer for Swara Wildlife magazine, Nature Kenya, and others and he illustrates his articles with watercolors of insects and other creatures. He has also written guidebooks for the Kenya Wildlife Service for six of the country's most popular national parks. Dino has traveled widely in East Africa and has led expeditions for the Kenya Museum Society and the East Africa Natural History Society.
Piotr is a research associate with the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and an entomologist and conservation biologist with Conservation International. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Connecticut in 2000. His publications, both technical and popular, strive to promote appreciation and conservation of invertebrate animals. Piotr's field research, which deals mostly with behavior and biology of singing insects, has taken him to six continents, often in areas rarely, if ever, visited by other biologists. As a nature photographer Piotr focuses on smaller and generally misunderstood organisms, such as invertebrates, amphibians, and reptiles. His recent books The Smaller Majority and Relics illustrates a multitude of threats faced by invertebrate animals and tries to show rare or never before photographed organisms.
Andrew Shedlock is a Professor of Genomics at the College of Charleston with joint appointments at the Medical University of South Carolina, and the Hollings Marine Science Center. He was recently a Senior Research Associate at Harvard with joint appointments in The Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and the Bauer Center for Genome Research. He also served as Core Teaching Faculty for Cornell University's Shoals Marine Laboratory. Andrew holds several degrees from Cornell and the University of Washington, and has been awarded research fellowships at the University of California at Berkeley, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Japan's National Institute of Statistical Mathematics. Andrew's life-long fascination with biological and cultural diversity and his enthusiasm for world travel have shaped his international research program which employs advances in genomics and biotechnology to reconstruct the evolutionary history of vertebrates and to protect endangered species in the wild. Andrew has studied the ecology and evolution of a wide variety of animals, including plankton, insects, fishes, whales, elephants, and most recently, birds and reptiles (including dinosaurs), and this eclectic research program has allowed him to explore wilderness regions and cultural centers across the globe. An avid cyclist, backpacker, alpinist, kayaker, sailor, and diver, Andrew strongly advocates travel as a vital educational experience and is particularly fond of sharing regional customs, cuisine and conversation with local residents, fellow colleagues and students.
Dr. Emily Standen
Em Standen was born and raised in Canada and has always been an outdoor enthusiast and lover of natural history. A fascination with fish led her to a first degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Dalhousie University. Her desire to understand fish continued and Em moved to the west coast of Canada to spend several years working in fisheries research and development. There she found contracts that took her to the most remote and untouched areas of Western Canada to survey rivers, creeks and streams. The epic life history of Pacific salmon then sparked her interest and she began her MSc work at the University of British Columbia. Her research used radiotelemetry and underwater videography to track pink and sockeye salmon as they migrated hundreds of kilometers upriver to their spawning grounds. To understand how these fish use river currents to help them swim she completed a PhD on the biomechanics of fish swimming at Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology. She is now a Tomlinson Research Fellow at McGill Univeristy in Montreal, Canada where she is studying how early fish used their fins to move through water and onto land. She hopes to shed light on the exciting evolutionary question of how fins evolved into limbs.
Em has also spent several years as a wilderness guide leading long trips throughout Northern and Western Canada. Her own adventurous spirit has also taken her on long journeys throughout Central America where she has kayaked, biked, hiked and camped her way through magnificent ecosystems encountering a wide range of wildlife.
A PhD candidate in Harvard's department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Wenfei is interested in the evolution of conflict and cooperation. She has studied how genetic relatedness structures zebra societies in Kenya, and cooperative mound building in eastern European mice. She is also investigating cooperation between ants and acacias in Kenya. As an undergraduate at Princeton and Oxford, Wenfei has dabbled in dog greeting behavior, spider mating strategies, and the evolution of camels and horses (inferred from ancient DNA). A native of Singapore, Wenfei has been fortunate enough to explore less urbanized parts of the world, where she especially enjoys photography and birdwatching. She has led HMNH trips to Tanzania, the Galapagos and Central Asia and teaches courses in evolution and the history of Darwinism.
Jeremiah Trimble is Curatorial Associate in the Ornithology Department at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Connecticut College where he studied the feeding ecology of Neotropical migrant birds in the US Virgin Islands. Currently, he is working on projects that focus on the seasonal distribution of resident and migratory birds in Costa Rica and surveying avian viral diseases including West Nile Virus. He is also working with US Fish and Wildlife in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska documenting trends in seabird populations. Jeremiah has traveled throughout the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Australia and has led tours to the Galapagos Islands, Africa, Costa Rica and Peru. More recently, he traveled to northeastern India in order to initiate projects examining the impact of human populations on biodiversity. Much of this work was done in the small Himalayan state of Sikkim, which has a high proportion of endemic plants and animals at risk due to habitat loss and pollution. He is an all around naturalist, with a keen interest in insects, especially dragonflies and damselflies.
Melissa Emery Thompson
Melissa obtained her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University under the supervision of renowned chimpanzee expert Richard Wrangham. She
has been employed as a research scientist at Harvard University, Boston University and the University of New Mexico. She is enthusiastic about each new opportunity to experience and photograph wildlife and enjoys introducing new travelers to the wild places of the world.
Dr. Thompson is a biological anthropologist who has conducted extensive field research on the behavior and physiology of primates. She has been particularly interested in investigating the reproductive strategies of female primates, as well as in exploring the influence of ecology on behavioral diversity within ape species. In this context,
she has spent the past 10 years conducting research on primate behavioral ecology and is currently involved in studies of reproductive biology, stress, health, and social behavior of wild chimpanzees in Uganda and Tanzania, orangutans in Sumatra and Borneo, and indigenous human populations in Bolivia.
She has also conducted behavioral research on a number of other primate species and on baleen whales off the coast of New England.
Prof. Nina Tumarkin
Nina Tumarkin is Professor of History at Wellesley College and Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
Nina's current research project, Coming to Grips With the Soviet Past: The Politics of Historical Memory in Russia, 2005-2012, explores the many ways in which Russian political elites and groups from liberal oppositionists to ultra-nationalists have been remembering, celebrating, commemorating, condemning, condoning, forgetting, ignoring and grappling with the Stalinist past and the vastly complex history and legacy of the Soviet experience in World War II and its fateful aftermath. She examines the historical politics informing the state's protean "usable Soviet past" to support regnant political and social structures and norms. Her work on the politics of multiple historical narratives builds on her previous books, The Living and the Dead: The Rise and Fall of the Cult of World War II in Russia (Basic Books) and Lenin Lives! The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia (Harvard University Press)
Nina's courses range across more than a millennium of Russian history as well as that of Europe in the twentieth century. She has twice chaired the History Department and has served as longtime director of the College's Russian Area Studies Program.
Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies has been Nina's longtime scholarly home in which for decades she has engaged in seminars, panels and collegial conversations. Her past career has included the role of advisor to President Reagan, for whom she wrote two invited papers and served as one of six "Soviet experts" who briefed the President, Vice-President and key cabinet members shortly before Mr. Reagan's historic first meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1985 at the Geneva Summit. President Clinton read The Living and the Dead in preparation for his Victory Day visit to Moscow in 1995.
Over the past dozen years Nina has much enjoyed lecturing on study programs in many countries. Her recent favorites were: a visit to Albania; a sojourn in Mongolia followed by an extended journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad; lecturing on Japan's memory of World War II in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; and cruising down the Volga River, visiting major sites connected with Russia in the seventeenth century.
Dr. Amity Wilczek
Amity Wilczek received her PhD in evolutionary ecology at Harvard University, and is currenly the Herbert Reich Chair of Natural Sciences at Deep Springs College in California. Amity’s research explores how plants tolerate and adapt to diverse climates. She addresses these questions using a combination of fieldwork, genetic analysis and mathematical modeling, with the goal of understanding how plants adapt to climate shifts (both past and present) as well as how crop plants can be more successfully grown in different locations. Amity has taught courses in ecology, evolution, plant biology and economic botany and received multiple teaching awards from the Bok Center at Harvard University. Amity loves to travel, and she has enjoyed the opportunity to indulge this fascination with her fieldwork in diverse ecosystems and locations throughout the world. She also has a long-standing interest in the biology of islands, particularly the unique flora and fauna that evolve in extreme isolation. Amity has led trips for the HMNH to Cuba, Australia, Costa Rica, Panama and New Zealand as well as an excursion to the “Islands of the World” which included stops in Malta, Tasmania, Borneo, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Rapa Nui, the Galapagos and the Seychelles.