Harvard-Brazil Dialogues: Brian Farrell + Irina Ferreras

Date: 

Monday, December 10, 2018, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Rio de Janeiro

***Note: This is a private event***

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Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Harvard Alumni Club of Brazil have the honor of organizing 

a special lunch meeting with

Professor Brian Farrell
Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America
Professor of Biology, Curator of Entomology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology 
Faculty Dean of Leverett House of Harvard College


and

Irina Ferreras
Curatorial Assistant in the Harvard University Herbaria
Faculty Dean of Leverett House of Harvard College

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Brian and Irina

Brian D. Farrell is the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (as of July 2014), the Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Curator in Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Professor Farrell is an authority on coevolution between insects and plants. His studies have shown that some of their associations have coevolved since before dinosaurs up to today, and produced the most diverse groups of species in modern biomes.  His lab has new projects aimed at the coevolution of mosquitoes, their hosts and the pathogens that connect them. Professor Farrell is the author of many dozens of scientific papers and book chapters on the evolution of ecological interactions in the tropics and temperate zones. For over twenty years, Professor Farrell has also spearheaded initiatives to digitize scientific specimens in museums for free sharing via the internet, and is involved in educational projects that use these images. In 2011-2012, he was a Fulbright Scholar to the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Professor Farrell received a BA degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of Vermont, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland.

Irina Ferreras is curatorial assistant in the Oakes Ames Herbarium of Harvard University Herbaria, a post she has held for 20 years. Born in the Dominican Republic, where she earned an engineering degree from the Universidad Pedro Henríquez Ureña, she came to the U.S. on a US-AID scholarship and earned a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Maryland. Ferreras organized the synchronized swimming events at the 2003 Pan American Games, held in Santo Domingo, and was a coach of the Dominican Republic national synchronized swimming team in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.