A new baby in the lab!

Adrian Hopkins Desmarais is the lab’s newest member!

Congratulations, Dr. Callin Switzer!

Callin Switzer successfully defended his thesis, “Bee pollination biology: buzzing,

behavior, and biomechanics”! He is the Arboretum’s first PhD candidate to defend his dissertation.

Sevan will be assistant professor at University of San Francisco!

Sevan Suni accepted a position at the University of San Francisco, in San Francisco CA.  She will join the biology department as a tenure track assistant professor in January 2018. She is looking forward to teaching courses in field ecology and evolution, and to continuing research on the evolutionary ecology of plants and their pollinators.

Ben gets honorable mention for NSF GRFP

Ben received honorable mention for his NSF GRFP proposal to study hybrid speciation in Phlox

Ben passed his qualifying exam!

Ben successfully defended his dissertation proposal on a putative case of homoploid hybrid speciation in the Phlox pilosa complex.

Federico and Robin’s paper out in Molecular Ecology

Transcriptome sequences reveal the history of introgression between sympatric Phlox drummondii and P. cuspidata. [Roda et al. 2017]

Robin and Federico receive a Dean’s Competitive Fund award

Robin and Federico get a Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship award for continuing their work on self-incompatiblity and heterospecific incompatibility.

Ben, Federico, and Robin’s review in Plant Physiology is out

As part of Plant Physiology‘s focus issue on flowering and reproduction, we review what is known about hybridization and its consequences in plants, from before Darwin to future directions. [Goulet et al. 2017]

Hopkins lab featured on Science IRL

Heather and Robin’s work on pollinator behavior is the focus of the latest episode of Science IRL. Science IRL is a YouTube series hosted by Molly Edwards, a graduate student in Harvard OEB, that shows what life as a researcher is really like by featuring the work of scientists from around the country. Check it out!

One more lab baby!

Shayla’s baby, Laurel, is born! The lab is full of children!

Another baby in the lab!

Heather’s baby, Larrea, is born on New Year’s Eve!

Shayla passed her Qualifying Exam!

Shayla did a great job defending her thesis proposal on cycads and their weevil pollinators. This will be an awesome dissertation.

Ben Goulet will join the lab

We are so thrilled that Ben will be joining the lab this fall as a graduate student in OEB.

Field season begins in Texas

Stuart drove lots of little Phlox to Texas! It was quite an operation but the plants were happy for their long road trip.

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Stuart had a bit of an adventure along the way – he saw a BEAR!

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Congratulations Chris Chen on being accepted into PRISE

Chris Chen has been awarded a PRISE fellowship to work in the lab this summer. He will be studying the strength of reproductive isolating barriers in the Texas Phlox.

Stuart Graham visits the lab

Stuart Graham is getting his masters through the Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Evolutionary Biology. He is visiting our lab for six months to conduct research on pollinator behavior. He’ll be leading the field expedition to Texas this year.

Hopkins Lab awarded a Milton Fund Grant

The Hopkins Lab was awarded a Milton Fund grant. This award will support our work investigating how and why butterflies are behaving the way they do while foraging on Phlox. We will be investigating if pollinators learn and how this learning influences pollen movement and speciation in Phlox.

Graduate student Shayla Salzman joins the lab

Shayla will be studying interactions between Cycads and their pollinators.

Sevan Suni joins the lab

Sevan Suni joins the lab. Sevan joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow and will be investigating the genetics of reinforcement and the role of hybridization in adaptive introgression.

Current Biology paper is out.

Current Biology paper, Hopkins&Rausher_2014. Fun write up in the Harvard Gazette and thanks Daniel Matute and Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos for the great Dispatch in Current Biology.

Lab baby is born.

Welcome to the world Riley Hopkins Desmarais!

Federico Roda joins the lab

As a postdoc in the lab, Federico will be investigating the genomic signatures of reinforcement and the evolution of self-incompatibility.

Robin’s paper in The American Naturalist is out

We used common garden field experiments and pollinator observation experiments to measure selection on flower color variation. [Hopkins & Rausher 2014]

The Hopkins lab is formed at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

We are excited be the newest lab in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard and to join a wonderful community in the gorgeous Weld Hill Research Building at the Arboretum.