As spring passes into summer, we wrap up another remarkable school year of Field Study Experiences at the Arnold Arboretum, a period marked by vigorous growth and enthusiastic reception of our programs for elementary life science. We are delighted to report that more students from Boston Public Schools visited to learn in the Arboretum landscape […]
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June 29, 2018
June 28, 2018
While diversity in flower structure, color, and morphology has been studied extensively in animal-pollinated plants , much less is understood about why wind-pollinated plants also exhibit diversity in reproductive structures. Published in Annals of Botany, Juan Losada, Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum, and Andrew Leslie, Assistant Professor at Brown University examined this diversity in conifers. Abstract»
June 25, 2018
This summer, expect intermittent fog to roll in daily on the hillside next to the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center. Beginning August 11 and extending to October 31, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University will be one of five sites along Boston’s Emerald Necklace to feature a “fog sculpture” by renowned artist Fujiko Nakaya. Part of […]
May 25, 2018
Dr. Marjorie Lundgren, a postdoctorate research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and visiting fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, won a British Ecological Society Small Research Grant of £4875 (about $6,525) for her project “Manipulating source-sink relationships to understand perenniality” in Brachypodium grasses, in collaboration with Professors David Des Marais of MIT and Barry Logan of Bowdoin College. Congratulations Marjorie!
May 23, 2018
Robin Hopkins was awarded the Harvard Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. This awards recognizes Robin’s dedication to teaching complex concepts in life sciences while inspiring her students to pursue science careers. Congratulations Robin!
May 1, 2018
Ben Goulet, PhD Candidate in the Hopkins Lab, received a 2018 Graduate Research Excellence Grant, the Rosemary Grant Advanced Award, from the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). Congratulations Ben!
May 1, 2018
Published in Gene, Austin Garner with colleagues Ben Goulet, Matt Farnitano, Francesco Molina, and Robin Hopkins, review the process of reinforcement, the evolution of traits that prevent costly hybridization. The review article focuses on how genomics can be leveraged to understand reinforcement. Abstract»
April 20, 2018
Lilac Sunday celebrates 110 years in Boston with events from 10am–3pm Pack a picnic…it’s Lilac Sunday! For 110 years, families have made the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University a premier destination to welcome the arrival of the flowering season in Boston. The annual observance of Lilac Sunday—this year celebrated on Sunday, May 13—centers on the […]
March 15, 2018
Three consecutive nor’easters in March left their mark on the renowned tree collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, with some 30 Arboretum accessions lost or slated for removal due to major damage. The most devastating of the three storms at the Arboretum was the first, Winter Storm Riley, which slammed Boston and much […]
March 15, 2018
Arboretum scientists have pinpointed how mother plants of a water lily species take control of rearing offspring, part of a 25-year quest to understand how mothers and fathers interact in the creation of a flowering plant seed.
March 1, 2018
Supported by a Sinnott Award, Callin Switzer with colleagues Robin Hopkins and Stacy Combes examined the unique method of pollination in mountain laurel. With the anther filaments acting as catapults, the pollen reaches speeds of 8 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest moving plants in the world! Abstract» Harvard Gazette»
February 19, 2018
At the Arboretum and across the globe, volunteers are challenging the notion that science happens behind closed doors. Citizen scientists—individuals who contribute their time and efforts towards observation and data collection—are transforming the nature of scientific discovery through their collaborative efforts with professional researchers. Around the world, citizen scientists work alongside professionals in fields ranging […]