News & Highlights

Last updated November 14, 2014

New Book Highlights Harvard's Conservation Innovation

Conservation Catalysts

A new book edited by James Levitt, Director of the Harvard Forest Program on Conservation Innovation, describes the strategic role that colleges and universities play in conserving land, water, and wildlife habitat around the world. The book was launched today in a special session at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. Read more > about New Book Highlights Harvard's Conservation Innovation

Bullard Spotlight: Lynda Mapes and the 100-Year-Old Oak

Lynda Mapes at Harvard Forest

During her 12-month Bullard Fellowship at the Harvard Forest, veteran newspaper journalist and author Lynda Mapes is taking a deep, long look at one tree: a 100-year-old red oak. Read more > about Bullard Spotlight: Lynda Mapes and the 100-Year-Old Oak

New Research Helps Maple Syrup Producers Predict Season

maple syrup by Josh Rapp

A new study by Harvard Forest research affiliates Josh Rapp and Elizabeth Crone (Tufts University) used 17 years of data to identify which factors most impact maple syrup production each year. Their answer: autumn seed production. Read more > about New Research Helps Maple Syrup Producers Predict Season

Eastern Newt Dynamics at the Harvard Forest

Red Eft by Brooks Mathewson

As hemlock-dominated forests decline due to the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), the abundance of red efts (the juvenile phase of the eastern newt) may also decline, reports a new study by Brooks Mathewson, a graduate of the Harvard Forest master's in forest science program. Read more > about Eastern Newt Dynamics at the Harvard Forest

New Senior Ecologist: Neil Pederson

Neil Pederson

This fall, the Harvard Forest welcomed a new Senior Ecologist to our research staff: dendrochronologist Neil Pederson. Pederson comes to the Forest from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Read more > about New Senior Ecologist: Neil Pederson

New Tool for Analyzing Ecosystem Networks

enaR figure 1

A new paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, co-authored by Harvard Forest post-doctoral fellow Matthew Lau and collaborators at UNC-Wilmington, introduces a new toolkit for ecosystem analysis of complex systems, including food webs and insect mutualisms. The freely available software package, called enaR, was designed to integrate with existing packages in the p Read more > about New Tool for Analyzing Ecosystem Networks