Participating Mentors

The E3 REU is fortunate to have the faculty of the Department of OEB as well as a broad group of researchers who participate in the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) as participating mentors. OEB and HUCE present a fantastic opportunity for students to explore the breadth of evolution, ecology, and environmental biology. OEB also includes a diverse group of affiliated institutions, including the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), Harvard University Herbarium (HUH), Harvard Forest (HF) and Arnold Arboretum (AA), which hold some of the finest and largest collections of natural history objects and living woody plants in the world. Many of our faculty are also members of HUCE, which seeks to raise the quality of environmental research and education at Harvard while fostering linkages and partnerships amongst different parts of the University, as well as between the University and the outside world. With 250 faculty associates, the Center has one of the largest and most varied faculty communities on campus.

Host faculty members are just one of several mentoring relationships participants will experience in the E3 program. Participants will also have a direct research mentor in their host lab, such as a postdoc or graduate student; a peer mentor drawn from outside their lab, who will be an OEB graduate student; and a community of peer interns with whom participants will participate in diverse professional and personal development opportunities.

E3 mentors are drawn from across OEB and HUCE, below is a sampling of faculty who have expressed interest in mentoring E3 REU students:

Venn diagram of participating mentors

Dr. Andrew Davies (OEB): The Davies lab examines how animals interact with the environment and each other to affect ecosystem processes at landscape scales.

Charles C. Davis (OEB, HUCE): The Davis lab studies plant diversity by integrating the disciplines of systematics, paleobiology, evolution, ecology, and molecular biology.

Benjamin L. de Bivort (OEB): The de Bivort lab studies the biological basis of behavioral biases in Drosophila.

Scott V. Edwards (OEB, HUCE): The Edwards lab uses birds as model organisms to study patterns of speciation, biogeography, evolution of the genome, and the process of adaptation.

Cassandra G. Extavour (OEB): The Extavour lab's shared interest is the evolution of the genetic mechanisms employed during early animal embryogenesis to specify cell fate, development and differentiation.

Brian D. Farrell (OEB): The Farrell lab studies patterns of phylogeny and co-speciation of tropical insects, particularly in relation to plants.

Peter R. Girguis (OEB, HUCE): The Girguis lab is interested in the physiology and biochemistry of deep sea organisms, from microbes to animals, with an emphasis on the role they play in carbon and nitrogen biogeochemical cycles.

Gonzalo Giribet (OEB, HUCE): The Giribet lab uses genomic, transcriptomic, and morphological data from living and extinct animals to better understand invertebrate evolution.

Dr. Hopi Hoekstra (OEB, MCB): The Hoekstra lab studies the genetic basis of morphological and behavioral adaptation using rodent models.

Noel Michele Holbrook (OEB, HUCE): The Holbrook lab is interested in the physics and physiology of vascular transport in plants with the goal of understanding how constraints on the movement of water and solutes between soil and leaves influences ecological and evolutionary processes.

Robin Hopkins (OEB): The Hopkins lab is interested in the evolutionary processes involved in speciation and adaptation in plants.

Peter Huybers (EPS, HUCE): The Huybers lab is focused on developing a better understanding of the climate system and its implications for society.

David Johnston (EPS, HUCE): The Johnston lab is focused on re-animating ancient ecosystems and ocean chemistry using stable isotope systems, chemical speciation techniques, modern microbial experiments (for calibration) and theoretical considerations.

Elena Kramer (OEB): The Kramer lab is interested in the evolution of genetic programs controlling plant development, particularly in flowers.

James Mallet (OEB, HUCE): The Mallet lab studies evolution, hybridization, and speciation, mostly in South American butterflies.

Ann Pearson (EPS, HUCE): The Pearson lab focuses on applications of analytical chemistry, isotope geochemistry, and molecular biology to biochemical oceanography and Earth history.

Daniel P. Schrag (EPS, HUCE): The Schrag lab studies climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, including how climate change and the chemical evolution of the atmosphere influenced the evolution of life in the past, and what steps might be taken to prepare for impacts of climate change in the future.

Mansi Srivastava (OEB): The Srivastava lab takes an integrative approach to studying wound response and stem cell biology during regeneration of invertebrates.

Elsie M. Sunderland (SEAS, HUCE): The Sunderland labs’s research includes developing models at a variety of scales, ranging from ecosystems to global applications, to help characterize the impacts of past and future changes in climate and environmental releases of contaminants on human and ecological health.