Beyond the Science

HEB members are proud of our research and scholarship, and we also strive to be engaged in causes and community engagement beyond our academic pursuits. Our field research spans locations around the world, leading to long standing relationships with departmental researchers and the communities in which we collect data. This has enabled many professors in the department to enact programs to give back to the communities in which they conduct research. Here is a sample of such projects that HEB members have either started or contributed to:


  • The Kasiisi Project combines conservation education with aiding children in Uganda and now works with 16 schools and around 10,000 children.

  • Locally, department members have volunteered with organizations like Cradles to Crayons, which provides essential items to children living in poverty or homelessness in the Boston area.

  • My So-Called Lab is a social media project for women scientists, by women scientists, including those from groups that are underrepresented in science. It includes a feed of real-world lab “selfies,” informational posts highlighting female scientists through history, and a podcast with a woman-to-woman interview chain.