News & Highlights

Last updated October 11, 2017

Study: Warmer Forest Soils Release More Carbon, Accelerating Future Warming

A new study in the journal Science reports on 26 years of data from the world’s longest-running forest soil warming experiment, based at the Harvard Forest since 1991. It suggests that in a warming world, a self-reinforcing and perhaps uncontrollable carbon feedback will occur between forest soils and the climate system, adding to the build-up of atmospheric carbon dioxide caused by burning fossil fuels, and ultimately accelerating global warming. 

Pits and Mounds: Diminished Elements in a Second-Growth Landscape

Pits and mounds might be considered the charismatic microtopography of the forest. These features, vividly nicknamed 'pillows and cradles,' are formed by the uprooting of trees.

New Report: Forests, Funding, and Conservation in Decline across New England

The Harvard Forest, Highstead, and authors from around New England have released a new report called “Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities," which broadens a 2010 Harvard Forest vision for conservation to permanently protect forests and farmlands as natural infrastructure that sustains both people and nature in the region. 

Hemlock Hospice Opening Reception

On Saturday October 7th, from 12 noon until 4 pm, the Harvard Forest will host an opening reception for the Hemlock Hospice art installation on the Prospect Hill Tract and feature prints, drawings and sculptures in science-communication in the Fisher Museum.  This exhibition is the work of interdisciplinary artist and designer David Buckley Borden’s year-long collaboration with scientists as a Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow. The event is free and open to the public.

How Much Carbon?

Atticus Stovall with Faro Scanner

We know that forests store carbon, but how do we measure the carbon stored in trees without cutting them down? An international group of LiDaR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanning experts and forest scientists gathered at the Harvard Forest this August to compare scanning and destructive sampling methods to calculate tree volume, mass, and carbon. 

Improving Approaches for Scientists and Stakeholders to Co-design Environmental Scenarios

Planning for the future involves overcoming uncertainty to anticipate the unknown. An increasingly popular approach for developing future plans while managing uncertainty is scenario development, whereby several consistent and coherent storylines are developed to reflect different hypotheses about how the future might unfold.