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Thursday, December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Effect of Fire On Ant Assemblages

In this paper by PIs and graduate students at Humboldt State University, University of Vermont, University of Tennessee, and Harvard Forest, we examined environmental factors controlling species composition of ant assemblages in fens and forests of the Siskiyou Mountains. We were especially interested in the response of these ant assemblages to the Biscuit Fire of 2002, one of the largest wildfires (>200,000 ha) recorded in Oregon.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Harvard Forest in the Media

Schoolyard Group

Harvard Forest Schoolyard Science Project in Boston Globe

The Harvard Forest Schoolyard LTER program continues to grow and has recently made the news. One of the four research projects currently supported through our program (Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming) was featured in an article in The Boston Globe.

The HF Schoolyard web page was also recently updated. Project descriptions, research protocols, suggested reading, and actual data for each research project can be viewed here.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Carnivorous Plants & Insects

An overview of interactions between carnivorous plants and insects published in the magazine of the Xerces Society, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation. Jess Butler and Tony D'Amato came up with the title of the article. 

Ellison, A. M. 2005. Turning the tables: plants bite back. Wings, Fall 2005: 25-29.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Loss of Foundation Species

This paper derived from an LTER cross-site workshop held at Harvard Forest Feb. 28-March 2, 2005. The workshop examined the responses of forest ecosystems to the loss of "foundation species" - single species that control population and community dynamics and modulate ecosystem processes. The workshop was supported by the LTER network office and included researchers from the Andrews, Baltimore, Coweeta, Hubbard Brook, Luquillo, and Harvard Forest LTER sites.