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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.