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  • Chuck's paper with Aaron Ellison on the Pope's Encyclical appears in The Seattle Times.
  • Laura Lagomarsino successfully defends her PhD thesis, and wins an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship! Rock star.
  • Way to go Carl and team! Extended flowering time in bamboo paper blogged by Carl Zimmer
  • Fungi borrowed bacterial gene again and again
  • Chuck gives a video tour of the Harvard University Herbaria to Fine Gardening
  • Chuck featured in New York Times.
  • Luke Nikolov's thesis chapter on development of the world's largest flowers was seleted as the cover article at PNAS and featured as Researsch Highlight in Nature!
  • Rafflesiaceae research featured in Discover Magazine!
  • Lachezar Nikolov's talk on floral development in Rafflesiaceae awarded the 2013 Katherine Esau award for best student paper in structural botany at the Botanical Society of America.
  • Record breaking early flowering paper selected "as one of the 16 most influential and prescient articles on the subject ["The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change"] in PLOS ONE or PLOS Biology"!
  • Lizzie's paper on invasive species success and climate change receives a twitter featurette at American Journal of Botany.
  • Crowd sourcing climate change in New England plash page goes live!
  • Tallen Xi's first chapter of his thesis awarded BioMed Central’s Annual Research Award for best paper in Plant Biology, Environmental Biology and Ecology in 2012. Excellent! 3/13
  • Joel Nitta is awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for his thesis research on the ferns of Moorea, French Polynesia. Righteous, Joel!
  • Record breaking early spring flowering featured by National Public Radio [link], The Boston Globe [link], The New York Times [link], the Harvard Gazette [link], National Geographic [link], and Time [link]. 1/13
  • Tallen Xi's successfully defends his thesis. Way to go, Tallen! 10/12
  • Tallen Xi's first theis chapter on horizontal gene transfer in Rafflesiaceae is published in BMC Genomics, and is featured in The Economist(print edition), Scientific American, Daily Mail, and Harvard Gazette.
  • Former postdoctoral fellow Hanno Scaefer accepts Assistant Professorship in the Plant Biodiversity Research Group at the Technical University of Munich.
  • Former postdoctoral fellow Wenheng Zhang accepts Assistant Professorship in the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Former PhD student Brad Ruhfel accepts Assistant Professorship in the Department of Biology at Eastern Ketucky University.
  • Joel Nitta joins the lab. Most recently Joel completed a Master's Degree at the University of Tokyo.
  • Simone Cappellari from the University of Texas joins the lab as a post doctoral fellow.
  • Professor Yuguo Wang from Fudan University joins the lab as Chinese Coulcil Scholar.
  • Brad Ruhfel completes his PhD thesis and joins the labs of Pam and Doug Soltis and Gordon Burleigh for his postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Recent climate change paper featured by The Harvard Gazette.
  • Climate change research featured in Nature's Simply Science video series.
  • Chuck speaks to WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti on climate change at Concord, Massachusetts. Listen to the story here.
  • Harvard College Undergraduate Elena Butler wins the prestigious Hoope's Prize for her research on the carnivorous plant clade, Saracenniaceae. Next year Elena will be on a Fulbright Fellowship to study the pitcher plants of Borneo.
  • Climate change research featured by Reuters!
  • Laura Lagomarsino is awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Way to go, Laura!
  • Mercer Fellow Matt Klooster accepts professorship at Centre College, a U.S. News top-50 national liberal arts college. Excellent work, Matt!
  • Research linking climate change to invasive species success featured by The Boston Globe [link1, link2], Boston Public Radio [link], Faculty 1000 [link1, link2], the Harvard Gazette [link1], Harvard Magazine [link], Nature [link], and Scientific American [link].
  • Charlie Willis completes his Master's Degree in the Davis Lab and will be rejoining Kathleen Donohue's lab at Duke University to continue his research on the evolutionary genetics of Cakile. We will miss you Charlie!
  • Davis lab research on the phylogenetics of climate change featured by the New York Times [link1, link2], National Public Radio [link], the Boston Globe [link1, link2], USA Today [link], Discovery Channel News [link], the Associated Press [link], Kew Magazine [link], and Wired [link].
  • Rafflesiaceae research featured in the movie "Travels in the Great Tree of Life". See time 8:09. [link]
  • Brad Ruhfel wins NSF DDEP grant! [link]
  • Pennisi, E. 2008. Where have all Thoreau's flowers gone? Science 321: 24-25. [pdf]
  • Charlie Willis wins top honors at this year's Evolution meeting. Way to go, Charlie! [link]
  • Brad Ruhfel wins prestigious Garden Club of America scholarship to study the clusioid clade! [link]
  • Brad Ruhfel wins W.R. Anderson Graduate Student Grant from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. Way to go, Brad! [link]
  • Summer 2007 Biodiversity of Borneo taught through the Harvard Summer School is a hit! [Harvard Gazette, front page, link, pdf]
  • OEB 103, Plant Systematics and Evolution, goes to Bahia, Brazil. Thanks to the David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies for funding and to Professor André Amorim and his students at the Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz! [exerpt here, pdf]
  • Rafflesia size evolution featured by Faculty 1000. [link]
  • Discover Magazine: 100 top science stories of 2007. January 2008. [pdf]
  • Smithsonian Magazine: Orphan flower finds family. March 2007. [pdf]
  • Milius, S. 2007. Biggest bloom. Science News 171: 21. [pdf]
  • Odling-Smee, L. 2007. Research highlights: Flower finds its roots. Nature 445: 232-233. [pdf]
  • Nature: Giant stinker finds place in plant family tree. 11 January 2007. [link]
  • NPR's Living on Earth: Stinking bloom. 19 January 2007. [listen] [link]
  • Harvard Gazette: World's largest flower evolved from family of much tinier blooms. 18 January 2007. [link]
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch: World's largest flower had a tiny start. 18 January 2007. [link]
  • The Southern Illinoisan: Parasitic plant research leads to article. 18 January 2007. [link]
  • The New York Times: A smelly puzzle, solved. 16 January 2007. [link]
  • The Dallas Morning News: Biggest flower evolved from tiny ones. 14 January 2007. [link]
  • The New Zealand Herald: Genetics unlocks secrets of world's largest flower. 13 January 2007. [link]
  • The Telegraph: The little secret of the world's biggest flower. 13 January 2007. [link]
  • China View: Botanists find huge stinky flower's family. 12 January 2007. [link]
  • El Pais: El misterio de la flor má s grande del mundo. 12 January 2007. [link]
  • Reuters: Mystery of world's biggest, yuckiest flower solved. 12 January 2007. [link]
  • Der Spiegel: Rätselhafte blume hat eine familie. 12 January 2007. [link]
  • Deutschlandfunk [German Public Radio]: Wunder der Pflanzenwelt. 12 January 2007. [listen] [link]
  • The Times of London: A small piece of knowledge blooms from corpse flower. 12 January 2007. [link]
  • BBC News: Family found for gigantic flowers. 11 January 2007. [link]
  • NPR's Science Friday: Giant stinky mystery flower is classified...and has surprisingly normal relatives.
    11 January 2007. [link]
  • Flores, G. 2005. Great Leap. Natural History 114:14. [pdf]
  • Bog Hopper published by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Gene transfer from seed plant to fern. Science Briefs 10/17/2005 http://www.smm.org/boghopper/sciencebriefs.html
  • Sugden, A. M. 2005. Editors' Choice-Ecology/Evolution: Geography of gene swapping. Science 310:199. [pdf]
  • Brennicke, A. 2005. Treffpunkt Forschung-Gentransfers zwischen parasit und wirt. Biologie in unserer Zeit 35:12-13. [pdf]
  • Brownlee, C. 2004. Give and take. Science News 166: 307-308. [pdf]
  • Campbell, N. 2004. Research Highlights-Genome Evolution: give and take. Nature Reviews Genetics 5:638-639. [pdf]
  • Ehrenberg, R. 2004. DNA caught breaking and entering: plant detectives are discovering foreign genetic loot tucked away in some species. The Dallas Morning News. Dallas.
  • Science Article: Gene Transfer in Plants. Spotlight on Science at the Smithsonian, 2: 24 September, 2004 (http://www2.si.edu/research/spotlight/2_18.htm).
  • Sugden, A. M. 2002. Editors' Choice-Evolution: A northerly migration. Science 296:1203. [pdf]
  • Slack, G. 1997. Here at the academy: under our wings. Pages 3 & 49 in Pacific Discovery, Spring.