Next in Evolution

Next in Evolution

The Next in Science series provides an opportunity for early-career scientists whose creative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the greater Boston area.

The focus of this year’s program is innovative research in the study of evolution. The analysis of genetic change examines both historic and current adaptations: how past species evolved over long periods of time and how modern species continue to adjust to present-day conditions.

In this program, two leading researchers will explore the genetic impact of Neanderthal interbreeding with modern humans and consider how people migrated, adapted, and mixed over the course of human history. Two others will discuss the ongoing process of evolution: the rapid formation of divergent fish species and the fast-paced adaptation of plant life in the modern urban environment.

Free and open to the public.


2:30 PM
Immaculata De Vivo, interim codirector of science, Radcliffe Institute; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; professor of epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2:35–3 PM
Sriram Sankararaman, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science and Department of Human Genetics, UCLA
“Archaic Admixture in Human History”

3–3:25 PM
Alicia R. Martin, research fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute
"Genetic Prediction of Traits and Diseases Across Diverse Populations”

3:25–3:40 PM

3:40–4:05 PM
Catherine E. Wagner, assistant professor, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Institute, University of Wyoming
“The Evolution of Diversity in East African Cichlid Fishes”

4:05–4:30 PM
James S. Santangelo, graduate student in evolutionary ecology, University of Toronto Mississauga
“Evolution of Life in the City”

4:30–4:50 PM
Discussion and Audience Q&A
Moderated by Immaculata De Vivo

4:50–5:30 PM