News & Highlights

Last updated December 8, 2016

AP News: Forests at Risk from Insects Spread by Trade & Climate

An Associated Press feature this week about the risks and impacts of invasive tree pests highlights a recent study by the Science Policy Exchange and features HF Forest Ecologist Dave Orwig, who has studied hemlock woolly adelgid and other invasive insects in New England for decades. 

Applications Open: Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

Applications are now open for the 2017 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program, an opportunity for college and university students across the U.S. to participate in 11 weeks (May 22-August 4, 2017) of paid, independent research with mentors from Harvard and other leading institutions.

2017 research projects cover many academic disciplines, including ecology, biogeochemistry, art/design, computer science, conservation policy, history, and engineering.

New Study: Climate Warming Destabilizes Forest Ant Communities

A study published today in Science Advances, co-authored by HF Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison with scientists from six other institutions, shows that climate warming disrupts forest ant communities responsible for important soil turnover and seed dispersal processes.

Fisher Museum to Close for Renovations; Archive Seeks Pre-1970s Photos

The Harvard Forest Fisher Museum, free and open to the public since 1941, will close for renovations on October 31, 2016, and reopen in April 2017.

The Museum's 23 diorama models will be protected and remain unchanged during the renovation, which will primarily focus on the Museum's entryways, flooring, lighting, and auditorium space. Harvard Forest's interpretive trails will remain open during the renovations.

Senior Ecologist Calls on Scientists in Op-Ed: If Not Us, Who?

In a new WorldView column in the journal Nature, HF Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison outlines steps for scientists to go beyond collecting data and to take a more active role in preserving biodiversity.

HF Forest Policy Analyst Honored with Int'l Award

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Small Scale Forestry group recently honored HF Forest Policy Analyst David Kittredge with the 2016 Brandl Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of small-scale forestry research.