Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Director of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology
James Hanken is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Director of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. He received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. After a postdoctoral stint in developmental biology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, he assumed a faculty position at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He moved to Harvard in 1999, where he also is a professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a member of the Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine Program, Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has authored more than 130 scientific publications and edited four books, and he is an accomplished nature and scientific photographer; his photographs appear in several books, field guides, and magazines, including Natural History, Geo, Audubon, National Geographic World, and Playboy. Hanken is Past-president of both the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and the International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists; former Chair, International Board of Directors, of the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force; and former Co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Encyclopedia of Life. Honors include the von Hofsten Lecture (Uppsala University, Sweden), the Gompertz Lecture in Integrative Biology (University of California, Berkeley), “Chief Guest” of the 2014 International Peradeniya University Research Sessions in Sri Lanka, and an undergraduate teaching award from the University of Colorado Student Organization for Alumni Relations.