Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Presentation Title: “Experimental Studies of Biodiversity in Nature, Where Ecology Meets Evolution”
Evolutionary biologist Dr. Jonathan Losos graduated from Harvard College and received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. After teaching for 14 years at Washington University in Saint Louis, Losos moved to Harvard University in 2006, where he is the Monique and Philip Lehner Professor of the Study of Latin America in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, as well as curator of herpetology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Losos has written over 150 papers plus a book, Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles, which was awarded the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal from the National Academy of Sciences in 2012. In addition, he has edited three books, most recently serving as editor-in-chief for the Princeton Guide to Evolutionary Biology. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Dobzhansky Prize, the David Starr Jordan Prize, and the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award.
Losos’s research takes a multidisciplinary, integrative approach to understanding evolutionary diversification. Focusing on the diversity of lizards in the genus Anolis, Losos combines studies of ecology, behavior, functional morphology, and systematics to address why the evolutionary radiation of anoles (400+ species) has been so successful and how particular species adapt to their environments. To address these questions, Losos and colleagues conduct field experiments in nature, sequence DNA, observe animals in their natural habitats, and bring lizards into the laboratory for functional and developmental studies.