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The 2015-2016 MCZ Annual Report is now available to download from our website. Read about special projects completed during the year, faculty, staff and student awards, headline-making research, and more.

Director James Hanken is featured in Science Goes to the Movies, where he and Faith Salie discuss how animal behavior is depicted in the animated Walt Disney film, Zootopia. Watch to learn more about Prof. Hanken's research subjects, how media portrays animals in general, and amphibian conservation.

Congratulations to MCZ Faculty-Curator Emeritus Edward O. Wilson, recipient of the 2016 Human Society of New York’s Humane Medal. He was recognized for his “lifetime of work; his pioneering efforts to protect the biodiversity of our planet”.

MCZ Faculty-Curator Mansi Srivastava was awarded the Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. The $300,000 award is awarded to newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs.

For the last 2 years, Peter Fried, an expert in archival-quality 3D imaging at NYU, has been scanning and making 3D models of Blaschka marine invertebrates from the MCZ and Cornell University collections. You can view some of the 3D images and learn more about the models and the digitization process at Peter's website.

MCZ Faculty-Curator Naomi Pierce was one of five recipients of the Verrill Medal from the Yale Peabody Museum. The award is the highest honor given by the Curators of the Yale Peabody Museum, and is intended to honor "signal practitioners in the arts of natural history and natural sciences." Past recipients from the MCZ include Ernst Mayr and Edward O. Wilson. (November 2016)

MCZ Director and Faculty-Curator James Hanken was part of a team that discovered three new species of miniaturized salamanders. Found in Oaxaca, Mexico, the salamanders are considered endangered. The findings are published in PeerJ and featured in National Geographic.
(15 November 2016)

Members of the Hoekstra Lab discovered a gene in a species of promiscuous mice that makes their sperm faster and more virile, compared to a closely related monogamous species. The paper is available as a preprint through bioRxiv and you can also read coverage in Science. (18 October 2016)

Congratulations to MCZ Faculty-Curator Naomi Pierce, one of five grant recipients of the second cycle of grants awarded from the Harvard Global Instituted (HGI). HGI grants are designed to support research initiatives that develop innovative solutions to global problems by drawing on collaboration of faculty within Harvard and with colleagues overseas. (12 October 2016)

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