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  • September 18, 2014 - November 18, 2014

The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents engaging lectures and programs to excite the public about natural history. Our lectures and programs are open to the public and are held at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge.


BIRD EXTINCTIONS IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - Thursday, September 18, 6:00 pm

Helen F. James, Curator-in-Charge, Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Ornithologist Helen James takes us to an archipelago that has been an epicenter for bird extinctions: the Hawaiian Islands.


SAVING LEMURS FROM EXTINCTION - Thursday, October 2, 6:00 pm

Conservation in Action Patricia Chapple Wright, Professor of Anthropology, Stony Brook University

Primatologist and MacArthur Fellow Patricia Chapple Wright, recipient of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize for her extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts, will discuss her work protecting the lemurs and ecosystems of Madagascar.


STRUNG TOGETHER - Thursday, October 9, 6:00 pm

Multicellularity and String Quartets Andrew Berry, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Ariel Mitnick, Luke Hsu, DJ Cheek, Rainer Crosett, and Alan Toda-Ambaras, Project LENS

Participate in a lively multidisciplinary evening of science and music that considers organisms and musical ensembles in an entirely new way.


ADAPTING SPECIES TO A CHANGING WORLD - Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 pm


The Potential of Genome Editing George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

Innovative new technologies may enable scientists to manipulate ancient and modern DNA to safeguard ecosystems from invasive organisms, help species recover their genetic diversity, and address issues of climate chang.


REMEMBERING NORTH AMERICA'S EXTINCT BIRDS The Lost Bird Project  Saturday, October 25, 2:00 pm

Join us for a screening of The Lost Bird Project, a film that honors five extinct North American birds: the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon.


HARVARD'S 2ND EVER FUNGUS FAIR Saturday, October 25, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, labs-and even in our own refrigerators.



Alfred Russel Wallace's Malay Archipelago Andrew Berry, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Alfred Russel Wallace, who co-discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin, was a remarkable scientist-explorer. His eight years of travel in Southeast Asia (1854-1862) greatly influenced his scientific thinking and resulted in the discovery of thousands of new species, as well as a wonderful account of his journeys, The Malay Archipelago.


MUMMIES, MILDEWS, MANNA, AND MOSSES - Thursday, November 13, 6:00 pm

Four Kingdoms under One Roof Donald Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium, Harvard University

The Farlow Library and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany is steward of a world-class collection of books, archives, and specimens related to four different types of organisms-fungi, protista, plants, and monera-that play key roles in nature and society.


THE ART AND SCIENCE OF THE UNFEATHERED BIRD - Saturday, November 15, 1:00 pm

Katrina van Grouw, Artist and Ornithologist

Imagine that you could see beneath the fluff and feather of a bird to view bone and muscle in action. What would this perspective reveal about movement, structure, and evolution?


PROTECTING THE ASH TREE - Tuesday, November 18, 6:00 pm
Wabanaki Diplomacy and Sustainability Science in Maine Darren Ranco, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American Research, University of Maine

Brown ash trees sustain the ancestral basket-making traditions of the Wabanaki people of Maine and play a key role in their creation myths. These trees are now threatened by the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has already killed millions of ash trees in the eastern United States.









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