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Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Outreach & Development Manager for Harvard Forest

Clarisse & Sam

A new position at Harvard Forest--Outreach and Development Manager for Education and Research Programs--has been filled by Clarisse Hart, who has been a research assistant at the Forest since 2007. In addition to her background in ecological research, Clarisse brings to this position a master's degree in nonfiction writing and publishing, as well as years of experience in informal science education and higher ed administration.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Harvard Forest at 2009 All Scientists Meeting

Harvard Forest was well represented at the 2009 All Scientists Meeting, held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado from September 13 to the 17th. Highlights of HF participation included:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New NSF Funding to Study the Catastrophic Mortality of Oak Forests on Martha’s Vineyard

Dead Oaks on Martha's Vineyard

Five thousand years ago, New England forests experienced a tumultuous upheaval. Across the region's interior an abrupt and massive decline of hemlock occurred, and the dominant tree was replaced by hardwood species. Simultaneously, on Cape Cod and the Islands, oak experienced heavy mortality and was replaced by beech. The driver of these coincident changes was a warming climate and periods of severe drought. How did other species and people respond? How did the forests recover from these events?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Heat is On

Shannon with ant chambers

The Warm Ants staff is pleased to announce that the heat has been turned on in the open-top chambers! The aim of the project is to examine the impacts of climate change on ant community composition and ant-mediated ecosystem processes. This project is replicated at Duke Forest, allowing a comparison of climate change impacts on ant ecology at broad geographic scales. The project is funded by the US Department of Energy and led by PIs Aaron Ellison, Rob Dunn (North Carolina State University), Nick Gotelli (U Vermont), Nate Sanders (U Tennessee) and postdoctoral associate Shannon Pelini.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Asian Long Horned Beetle in the News

A recent article in Smithsonian Magazine featured the Asian Longhorned Beetle with references to Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Harvard Forest and Harvard Forest Director, David Foster. Read the article.