Jonathan B. Losos
Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America and Curator in Herpetology
Jonathan B. Losos is curator in herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology and Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. His research focuses on understanding the evolution of biodiversity: how species arise and how diversity is maintained within communities. To investigate such questions, his research integrates field studies of ecology and behavior, laboratory studies of functional capabilities, and molecular studies of DNA. In addition, he has conducted experiments in nature to study natural selection and observe evolution as it occurs. His organisms of choice are lizards, particularly Caribbean and Central and South American lizards in the genus Anolis. His recent book on these lizards, Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles, received the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal given every four years by the National Academy of Sciences for a book published in zoology or paleontology, and he has received numerous other awards and honors in the field of evolutionary biology. Losos received his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his Ph.D. at Berkeley, then taught at Washington University in St. Louis before coming to Harvard, where he teaches the General Education course on evolutionary biology and the advanced course on herpetology, as well as freshman and graduate seminars and junior tutorials on topics in evolution and conservation. Losos’s field work has taken him throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America, as well as to Australia, Madagascar, Kenya and South Africa.
Here is a link to a recent article in the Harvard Gazette: news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/07/hard-won-lizards/.