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On September 7, 2016, the MCZ signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute of Ecology, South Korea. The MOU will promote and facilitate joint research and educational activities by people at NIE and Harvard.

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Sea Creatures in Glass: The Blaschka Marine Animals at Harvard, a new book about the MCZ collection, is available now for pre-order on Amazon. It features stunning images of the second-largest such collection in the world.

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MCZ Faculty-Curator Gonzalo Giribet and graduate student Vanessa Knutson are currently investigating the mysterious purple organism recently found in the Pacific Ocean. So far they have placed it in the family Pleurobranchiidae. You can read more about the discovery at and watch the live video of when it was found. Photo credit: NOAA

Prof. Hoekstra

Congratulations to Hopi Hoekstra, MCZ Faculty-Curator elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Prof. Srivastava

MCZ faculty-curator Mansi Srivastava was named a 2016 Searle Foundation Scholar, selected for her potential to make significant contributions to chemical and biological research over the course of her career. Along with 14 others, she is awarded $300,000 to support her research over the next three years.


Congratulations to MCZ faculty-curator Gonzalo Giribet, awarded a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of Organismic Biology and Ecology. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

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Congratulations to Vanessa Knutson, graduate student in the Giribet Lab, recipient of the 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Half Earth book

Edward O. Wilson talks to The New York Times about his recent book, "Half Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life." His charming and honest response to questions regarding his bold idea for setting aside roughly 50 percent of the planet as a wildlife reserve can be read in the March 1, 2011 edition and online.

NatGeo - Fossilized Penis

Gonzalo Giribet and colleagues' discovery of two 99 million year-old daddy longlegs, enshrined in Burmese amber, not only helps explain the penis morphology of the harvestman, it also confirms a new extinct family of harvestmen. More can be read in articles found in The Science of Nature (Feb 2016), Science (29 Jan 2016), and National Geographic (1 Feb 2016).

MITx - Built to Peck

MITx released an 8-part video series Built to peck: How woodpeckers avoid brain injury, featuring footage from the new MCZ Ornithology collection facilities in the Northwest Building. Read about the series in MIT News (23 Feb 2016).

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