You are here

December 2008

Printer-friendly version
Monday, December 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Bog Research Reveals Useful Indicators of Atmospheric Deposition

Geographic trends in surface water chemistry and leaf tissue nutrients may reflect gradients of nutrient limitation and broad-scale anthropogenic inputs. Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison and his colleagues at the University of Vermont measured nutrient and metal concentrations in pore-water and in leaf tissues of three common bog plant genera - leather-leaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata), northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea), and peat moss (Sphagnum spp. in 24 bogs in Massachusetts and Vermont. Macronutrient and trace heavy metal concentrations were very low.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Harvard Forest Ecologist appointed Editor in Chief

Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Monographs, one of four journals Ellison in a canoepublished by the Ecological Society of America.

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Forest Response to Hurricane Disturbance Across a Storm Track

In this paper, former MFS student Posy Busby and HF ecologists Glenn Motzkin and Emery Boose show spatial patterns of forest response to a severe hurricane in 1944 varied predictably with respect to location relative to the storm track―sites closest to the storm track experienced lesser wind damage and exhibited minimal growth responses―whereas sites farther east of the storm track and closer to the area of maximum estimated wind speed were characterized by greater wind damage and growth changes.