Since 1907, the scientists and students at Harvard Forest have explored the ways biological, physical, and human systems interact to change our earth.
Harvard Forest offers ecological training opportunities for students of all ages, academic researchers, and environmental professionals.
Harvard Forest builds bridges between scientists, decision makers, media professionals, and the general public to address complex ecological challenges.
Harvard Forest offers courses, internships, faculty research opportunities, and day visits and retreats for the Harvard community.
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Diana Tomback, Professor and Associate Chair of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado-Denver, has had a unique, two-phase Bullard Fellowship. She spent the winter in HF researcher Andrew Richardson's lab on the main Harvard campus, learning new approaches to assessing the impacts of global change at the forest and global scale. Read more > about Bullard Spotlight: Diana Tomback and Foundation Species Loss
All land is not created equal. Ecosystem "hotspots" do triple duty in the benefits they provide to society. A new study published today in the Read more > about New Study: Ecosystem Hotspots Increasing in Mass.
The middle-aged forests of the East Coast may not look like carbon-storing powerhouses. But New England forests take in enough carbon each year to offset nearly half the region's household carbon dioxide emissions. A new study by HF ecologist Audrey Barker-Plotkin and Summer Research Program alumna Kate Eisen explores how trees are getting the job done. Read more > about 40-Year Study Reveals New Insights on Carbon
A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that states can gain large clean air and public health benefits from power plant carbon standards. Read more > about New Study: Benefits of Carbon Emissions Standards
More than 450 Massachusetts community members have completed the 3-day training workshop for the Keystone Project, held each spring at the Harvard Forest. This month, a class of 24 joined their ranks. Read more > about Keystone Conservation Leaders Trained at Harvard Forest
The field wireless network at Harvard Forest was recently expanded to enable (near-) real-time data from four stream gages, two wetland gages, and a snow pillow. Data from these stations and the Fisher Meteorological Station are collected, processed, and uploaded to our website every 15 minutes along with 30-day graphs of selected variables. Read more > about Sensor Networks and the Arrival of Spring
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