News & Highlights

Last updated April 27, 2017

Study: Wildfire in a Warming Climate Could Relegate Some Forests to Shrubland

The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, according to a new study published today in Global Change Biology, by HF Senior Ecologist Jonathan Thompson and fellow scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and UVA.

New Study Links Hemlock Decline to Shifts in Water Resources

Each year in New England, tree-killing insect pests cause sweeping changes in forests. Some changes are highly visible – like swaths of dead trees. A new Harvard Forest study points to a less visible but still critical impact: changes to freshwater streams, including streams that source public water supplies.

2017-2018 Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2017-2018.

Museum Event to Launch New Book: Witness Tree

Near the edge of the Harvard Forest stands a stately red oak tree that, if you listen closely, tells a rich, 100-year story of human and environmental change. Veteran Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes studied the tree and its environs intently for a year during a recent Bullard Fellowship.

Field Trip Scholarships for Middle & High School Classrooms

Scholarships are now available for educators wishing to bring middle and high school classes for a guided field trip to explore the forest and Fisher Museum, and to collect data as part of an authentic ecological field study. 

Field trips are available in two locations: the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts or Highstead in southern Connecticut.

Open Studio to Feature Sci-Art Collaboration

On Saturday, April 29, artist and designer David Buckley Borden, a 2016-2017 Bullard Fellow and Harvard GSD alumnus, will host an open studio at the Harvard Forest for students and the public to explore his ongoing work.

The open studio will run from 12:00-4:00pm.