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Current Bullard Recipients

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Harvard Forest is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Charles Bullard Fellows in Forest Research. The purpose of this Fellowship program, established in 1962, is to support advanced research and study by persons who show promise of making important contributions, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry defined in its broadest sense as the human use and study of forested environments.

Fellows are supported by an endowment named after the benefactor Charles Bullard. While in residence at Harvard, Fellows interact with faculty and students, give seminars, participate in conferences and symposia and avail themselves of the University's great research resources. Applications are accepted beginning October 1 for Bullard Fellowships for the following year.

"The Harvard community benefits immensely from the presence of the outstanding scholars and fellows supported by the Bullard program," says David R. Foster, director of Harvard Forest and chair of the Bullard Fellowship committee. "The breadth of research encompassed by this year's class of scholars is vast, ranging from sustainable forest management to computer science, from cell biology to reconstructions of past environmental change."

2016-2017 Charles Bullard Fellows:

David Basler is a post-doctoral fellow from the Christian Körner Group at the Institute of Botany in Switzerland's University of Basel. He studies plant-climate interactions with a focus on tree phenology--its physiological controls and environmental effects on tree tissue growth. During his year-long Bullard Fellowship, he'll be based in Cambridge in collaboration with the Richardson Lab at Harvard, investigating age-related (ontogenic) patterns of phenology in different tree species. Basler holds a PhD in Botany from the University of Basel, and in 2014, won the Swiss Award for Phenology and Seasonality Research from the Swiss Academy of Sciences. 

David Buckley Borden is a multidisciplinary artist and designer with interests in arts-based science communication, landscape scenario visualization, and interpretive trail design.
He's spending 12 months as an embedded artist at Harvard Forest, developing and testing arts-based science communication projects in collaboration with ongoing Harvard Forest research initiatives. He holds a Master's of Landscape Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Walter Carson is an Associated Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. His research is focused on tropical and temperate forest ecology. He will spend 6 months at Harvard Forest conducting field research on the storage effect in temperate forests, as well as edting a book entitled "The ecology of disturbance and salvage logging in temperate forests: A worldwide perspective." He holds a PhD in Ecology and Systematics from Cornell University.

Lucy Hutyra is an Associate Professor of Earth & Environment at Boston University. Her research investigates biogeochemistry in forest systems and urban areas, and she studies a range of topics including forest ecology, urban carbon and nitrogen cycling, land use change impact on ecosystem productivity, and fossil fuel emission patterns. She'll be based in Cambridge for her year-long Bullard Fellowship, in close collaboration with Steve Wofsy at Harvard, bringing together a large suite of observational data on carbon and nitrogen dynamics across urban to rural systems into a modeling framework to advance theoretical understanding of vegetation productivity across urban to rural gradients. A long-ago graduate of the Harvard Forest Summer Research Program, Hutyra holds a PhD in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Harvard University and was an NSF CAREER Award recipient.

Brenden McNeil is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University. He is an ecosystem ecologist with a focus on tree species and remote sensing. In his year at Harvard Forest, he will collaborate with the Richardson Lab at Harvard to evaluate field, tower and remotely sensed data in an effort to describe the canopy architectural properties of tree species. McNeil holds a PhD in Geography from Syracuse University.

Klaus Puettmann is the Edmund Hayes Professor in Silviculture Alternatives at Oregon State University. His research works to connect ecological relationships to the development of new silvicultural approaches. During his 6-month Bullard Fellowship, he will collaborate with HF Senior Ecologist Jonathan Thompson to investigate options to increase the adaptive capacity of forest ecosystems. Puettmann holds a PhD in Silviculture and forest modeling from Oregon State University. 

Michael Reed is a Professor of Biology at Tufts University who studies extintion risk in human-dominated landscapes. He is particularly focused on extinction risk in birds, and on how animal behavior (of dispersal and social dyanamics) affects that risk. In his 7 months at Harvard Forest, he will be working on a book on the dynamics and extinction of small populations of animals. Reed holds a PhD in Zoology from North Carolina State University.