Research & Teaching

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture; Co-Chair of the Sensory Media Platform
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Norman B. and Muriel Leventhal Professor of Advanced Urbanism; Co-Director - LCAU, MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism
Aramont Professor of the History of Science [On Leave]
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture; Co-Director, Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology Program
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Edward C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Professor of Genetics
Harvard Medical School
Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Program Co-Director
Harvard Medical School
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development
Harvard Kennedy School
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Vascular Plants; Co-Director, Harvard University Herbaria
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Ornithology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture; Associate, Arnold Arboretum; Area Coordinator, Master of Design Studies in Risk and Resilience
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor of Biology; Curator of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology; Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Research Professor of Advanced Environmental Studies
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Senior Lecturer on Biology; Director, Harvard Forest
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Director, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship; Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Adjunct Research Engineer, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology; Professor of Biology and Curator of Invertebrates in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health; Program Director, WCS HEAL
Harvard School of Public Health


A profile on Agassiz Professor of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Scott Edwards
May 26, 2017
A profile on Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Naomi Oreskes
May 25, 2017


Global leaders will increasingly be called on to navigate the competition between human needs and environmental protection.

Wildlife, vegetation, soil, air, water, and aquatic ecosystems, together with their human uses, are related to the distinctive, especially spatial, attributes of suburban and urban landscapes.

The German-speaking world has long been known for its ecological concern and green credentials. Myriad films and novels from the post-1945 period deal with the degradation of the environment and the concomitant threat to human life.

This course covers disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, fires, landslides, hurricanes, famines, pandemic diseases, meteorite impacts, and hurricanes. The course presents basic science, along with detailed case studies of past and present events.

Trees both provide a background in our landscape and play an important role in the ecosystems of the world. This course explores topics related to the growth patterns of trees, their physiology, and their identification. Basic concepts in ecosystem dynamics and forestry practices are discussed.

The oceans contain 97 percent of the Earth's water, and host the most disparate ecosystems on the planet. This course provides an introduction to deep sea ocean habitats, animals, and microorganisms.

This course provides an introduction to marine organisms and the physical and biological processes that affect them.

Our understanding of Earth has changed radically in the last two centuries: after many years of debate, many major questions have come to be seen as largely answered. It is now accepted that the planet formed over 4.5 billion years ago; that the Earth’s surface is made of rigid segments—called pl

This course will explore the relationship between climate, environment and human evolution. How did hominins and other mammals adapt to global cooling and grassland expansion?

The future is not what it used to be.

Confronting the reality of environmental degradation requires more than remote sensing, statistical analysis or institutional restructuring. As images of the changing planet become emblematic of our time, designers are responding with a scrutiny towards amplified scales and extreme events.

A survey of theory and applications of DNA technologies to the study of evolutionary, ecological and behavioral processes in natural populations.

This course focuses on the extraordinary growth and success of public and private land conservation in the United States and abroad during the past forty years.

This course provides extensive background on the history of ecotourism, its role in the development of local economies, its connection to the global tourism trade, its role in the conservation of natural resources, and its context in key case study regions including Central America, Southern Afri

This course examines the historical, social, and political life of nature in its many manifestations--as a source of life and livelihood, as a resource for exploitation, as a heritage to be protected, and as a post-industrial hybrid--in order to understand the variety of human interactions with t

This section gives new History concentrators an introduction to environmental history. Most historians leave the natural world out of the story, but environmental historians regard nature as the inescapable context for human history, including the human impact on nature.

Study of water as a critical resource and as a factor in Earth surface and near-surface processes. Focus on development of relevant mechanics and physics. Hydrologic cycle, surface and groundwater, evapotranspiration, soil physics.

An introduction to the biology of mammals. Lectures and laboratories examine the morphology, systematics, natural history, behavior, ecology, evolutionary relationships, and biogeography of all major taxa.

This seminar examines the world’s systems for the production and distribution of food as they relate to the earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems.  Using scientific readings, papers about economics and politics, and cases about firms, we consider agriculture and food from scientific,

This research seminar is intended for Master in Design Studies (MDES) candidates entering the Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology (ULE) stream as well as Master in Landscape Architecture candidates entering the post-professional (MLA II) Program.


April 2, 2018
HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment invites you to a Geobiology/Geochemistry seminar with François Morel, Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences; Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 3:00pm
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April 4, 2018
Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment and the WGBH Science Series NOVA invite you to a special sneak preview event featuring clips from upcoming NOVA film, DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE. Followed by a discussion with Paula S. Apsell, NOVA Senior Executive Producer; Daniel Schrag, Harvard University; Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Jim McCarthy, Harvard University; Doug Hamilton, Writer, Producer, and Director of DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE; and Caitlin Saks, Co-Producer of DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE and Science Editor for NOVA.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:30pm
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April 7, 2018
Northwest B101, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge
An interdisciplinary group of speakers will look at living systems through the lens of physics and engineering.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 -
9:00am to 12:30pm
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March 28, 2018
Room 502, Kresge Bldg, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
The Dept. of Global Health and Population at HSPH presents "Training Future Leaders in Global Health" with Roger Glass, Director of the Fogarty International Center and Associate Director for International Research at National Institutes of Health, as part of Global Health Week 2018.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
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March 29, 2018
Physics Department, 17 Oxford St., Jefferson 250, Cambridge
Sir Michael Berry, Melville Wills Professor of Physics (Emeritus) at the University of Bristol, UK, will discuss "Nature’s Optics and Our Understanding of Light."
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:30am
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March 31, 2018
Geological Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Massachusetts Sierra Club Greater Boston Group and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate invite you this all-day conference focused on the importance of ecosystem health.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 (All day)
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March 30, 2018
HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
“Mass law slopes and 18O kinetic isotope effects during aerobic respiration” with Daniel Stolper, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley. The second of two special HUCE/EPS/Geobiology seminars.
Friday, March 30, 2018 - 3:00pm
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March 28, 2018
HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
“A record of deep-ocean dissolved O2 from the oxidation state of iron in submarine basalts” with Daniel Stolper, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley. The first of two special HUCE/EPS/Geobiology seminars.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
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March 23, 2018
Museum Building Classroom 375, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Ancient Adaptative Events in Aerobic Bacterial Nitrogen Fixation" with Hanon McShea, OEB. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served.
Friday, March 23, 2018 -
8:30am to 9:30am
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March 23, 2018
Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Harvard University Center for the Environment present a special seminar with Lawrence D. Meinert, former Director, Energy & Mineral Resources, U.S. Geological Survey.
Friday, March 23, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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March 27, 2018
Seminar Room 125, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
"Life in a Box: Growing Shapes in Plants and Algae" with Siobhan A. Braybrook, Professor, Dept. of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCLA.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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March 23, 2018
Agassiz Room (101a), MCZ, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
"3D Anatomical Data for Everyone: the openVertebrate Thematic Collections Network" with David Blackburn, University of Florida.
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:00pm
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March 28, 2018
The Institute of Politics, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University, Author, The Origins of Creativity, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner; Terry Tempest Williams, Writer-in-residence, Harvard Divinity School, Naturalist and Environmental Writer, Author, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks; Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, U.S. National Park Service (2009-2017), Executive Director, Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, University of California, Berkeley, Author, The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water; and moderated by Linda J. Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS, Member, National Park Service Advisory Board.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
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March 20, 2018
Marc Heng and Family Conference Room (Wex 102), HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
The Arctic Initiative hosts a seminar, "Is sustainable management of marine resources sufficient to meet increasing global demand for fish? The Icelandic story of relying on scientific policymaking to ensure sustainable fish stocks" with Mr. Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Iceland's Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs and a former Director General of Iceland's Marine Research Institute, discussing Icelandic resource management and science-based policy.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
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April 3, 2018
Geo Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard Museum of Natural History welcomes Paul Falkowski, Distinguished Professor, Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, who will give a talk as part of the Evolution Matters Lecture Series.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
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March 28, 2018
CGIS Knafel Bldg, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge
The Weatherhead Center for International Studies welcomes Verena Conley, Director of Graduate Studies; Long-Term Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literature, Dept. of Comparative Literature.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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March 23, 2018
Hunnewell Bldg, 125 Arborway, Boston
Drawing on her life as an indigenous plant scientist, a teacher, a writer and a mother, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, State University of New York, Syracuse, will share ideas found in her award-winning book, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants."
Friday, March 23, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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March 21, 2018
Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Join the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) for a discussion featuring women from around the world showcasing solutions at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and social justice. Panelists include Kinari Webb, founder of Health In Harmony; Laura Stachel, founder of We Care Solar; and Fatima Ahmed, founder of Zenab for Women in Development. Professor Gina McCarthy, Director of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment and former EPA Administrator; Tim Wirth, former US Senator and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Foundation; and Sam Myers, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance and Principal Research Scientist at HSPH, will moderate.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
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March 27, 2018
Geo Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
"How Mushrooms Changed the World" with David Hibbett, Professor of Biology, Clark University; 2017–2018 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:00pm
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March 22, 2018
BioLabs Lecture Hall (1080), 16 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
Felicity C. Jones, Max Planck Independent Group Leader, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, will present “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Adaptive Divergence in Sticklebacks.”
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm
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Wednesday, November 29 - "Hope and Despair: Communicating an Uncertain Future"

Nikhil Advani, Lead Specialist, Climate, Communities and Biodiversity, World Wildlife Fund; Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair for Marine Science, Smithsonian Institution; David Wallace-Wells, Author of "The Unhabitable Earth," New York Magazine; Cam Webb, Research Affiliate, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; and moderated by Elizabeth Wolkovich, Assistant Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Thursday, April 27 - "Human Imprints on the Tree of Life: Using Evolutionary History to Understand What is Being Lost, and What to Save,"

Sandra Diaz, Córdoba National University (Argentina) and Argentine National Research Council; Michael Donoghue, Yale University; Kate Jones, University College London; Ana Rodrigues, The French National Center for Scientific Research; and moderated by Jonathan Davies, McGill University

Wednesday, February 22 — “Poverty Traps, Resilience, and Coupled Human-Natural Systems"

Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University

Thursday, February 23 - "Meeting Future Food Needs: The Global Food System Under Climate Change"

Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Tuesday, October 18 - "Looking Up: How Coalitions of Bottom-Up Organizations are Driving Action for Sustainable Development"

Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General

With Panelists:

William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development, Harvard Kennedy School

May 13, 2016 - "Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the humanities and the sciences"

Thursday, April 21 — “Novel Climates - Novel Ecosystems: Effects of directional changes in precipitation amount and variability”
Osvaldo Sala, Julie A. Wrigley Professor of Life Sciences, Professor of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Thursday, October 8 “The Hidden Environmental Impacts of Beach Nourishment”
Robert S. Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University

November 1, 2013 "Peak Water: What Happens When The Wells Go Dry?"
Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute

November 14, 2012 "The Dust Bowl"
Ken Burns, Academy Award-winning documentarian

April 19, 2012 - "Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation: The Importance of Preserving Environmental Gradients in a Changing World"
Thomas B. Smith, Director of the Center for Tropical Research; Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

March 29, 2012 "Old Bones, Ancient Molecules, and the March to Extinction of Hawaiian Birds"
Helen F. James, Curator in Charge, Smithsonian Institute, Divison of Birds

February 16, 2012  “Global Change, Biodiversity and Poverty: Insights from the Himalaya”
Kamaljit S. Bawa, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts-Boston

December 3, 2010 "Confronting Climate"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

December 3, 2010 "From Science to Policy"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities


The undergraduate concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary introduction to current problems of the environment. It is founded on the premise that the ability to form rational judgments concerning many of the complex challenges confronting society today involving the environment requires both an understanding of the underlying scientific and technical issues and an appreciation for the relevant economic, political, legal, historical and ethical dimensions.

Through integrated, cross-disciplinary initiatives in research, teaching, training, and public outreach the Program seeks to develop foundational, policy-relevant insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture. 

The Office for Sustainability at Harvard connects people across the University with information, tools, and inspiration for the challenge at hand: making Harvard sustainable for the long term.

Harvard's Sustainability Science Program harnesses the University's strengths to promote the design of institutions, policies, and practices that support sustainable development. The Program addresses the challenge of sustainable development by:

  • advancing scientific understanding of human-environment systems;
  • improving linkages between research and policy communities; and
  • building capacity for linking knowledge with action to promote sustainability.

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University is a center for research and education focused on the comparative relationships of animal life. The present-day MCZ collections are comprised of approximately 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, which continue to be a focus of research and teaching for MCZ, Harvard and outside students and researchers.

The Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI) at Harvard is an interdisciplinary science program aimed at a comprehensive understanding of the richest biological reservoir of the planet, the microbial world. Friday chalk-talks and Thursday evening seminars are held regularly throughout the academic year, along with an annual symposium.

The Harvard University Herbaria, with more than 5 million specimens, are one of the 10 largest Herbaria in the world in number of specimens, and along with the library, form the world's largest university owned herbarium. A weekly seminar series is held at noon.

The CFS supports physiological and biomechanical laboratory-based research of animal performance, seeking to understand how animals operate in their natural environment. Field-based physiological ecology studies are supported by an adjoining 65 acres of pasture and wooded vegetation and 650 acres of Harvard-owned land in the Town of Concord's Estabrook Woods.

The Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) was established to improve our understanding of tropical forests by promoting long-term research in large permanent forest plots. The data obtained from our standardized studies of forest diversity and dynamics provides valuable information for helping to determine forest management and conservation strategies.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. We provide and support world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of trees.

From a center comprised of 3000 acres of land, research facilities, and the Fisher Museum the scientists, students, and collaborators at the Forest explore topics ranging from conservation and environmental change to land-use history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems interact to change our earth.

The Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) is the center of the Harvard Kennedy School's research and outreach on public policy that affects global environmental quality and natural resource management.

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