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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Harvard Forest carnivorous plant research makes National Geographic

The research by Harvard Forest senior ecologist Aaron Ellison and University of Vermont professor Nicholas Gotelli on the evolutionary ecology of carnivorous plants is highlighted in the March 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, click here to read the article. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Harvard Forest Publication: Eastern Carbon Budgets and the Woolly Adelgid

In a paper just published in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, post-doc Marco Albani, OEB Professor Paul Moorcroft and Harvard Forest researchers Dave Orwig, David Foster, and Aaron Ellison combined models of adelgid spread and forest dynamics to forecast the composition, structure, and carbon dynamics of eastern U.S. forests through 2100. Between 2000 and 2040, the combined model predicts an 8% reduction in carbon uptake as a result of the adelgid killing eastern hemlocks.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hand Crafted Pottery Mushrooms

Amanita caesarea, edible, six red caps

Mary Ann Walker (Fisher Museum Volunteer) has gifted a collection of hand crafted pottery mushrooms from the collection of Peter Strong to the Harvard Forest. The mushrooms were crafted by Maria Maravigna (Italian/American Ceramicist, Sculptor, 1899-2006) and were completed before 1996. This is approximately 40 years of her work. The works were created from white clay with shiny glaze in bright colors as exact replicas. Most were signed with her last name and identified in underglaze script with "edible" or "poisonous".

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Harvard Forest Publication: Analytical Web Project Update

A new publication from the Analytic Web project (a joint effort of UMass computer scientists Lee Osterweil, Lori Clarke, Rodion Podorozhny, and Sandy Wise, and HF researchers Emery Boose and Aaron Ellison) further formalizes the semantics of scientific workflows needed to clearly define scientific processes and create process provenance metadata. These ideas and workflow structures are being used to analyze hydrological data from the Harvard Forest.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Breeding Birds of Harvard Forest

Bluebird

On Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m., Brooks Mathewson will give a presentation on "The Breeding Birds of Harvard Forest." Over the last two years, Brooks has captured images of almost all the bird species which breed at Harvard Forest. He will discuss the habitat preferences of these species, while giving the audience a chance to view close-up images of these forest birds. Brooks studied salamanders at the Harvard Forest as part of his Master's of Forest Science (Harvard 2006) work.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Harvard Forest Publication: Invasive Wood Wasp In Pine Stands

The European Wood Wasp (Sirex noctilio) has a long history as an invasive insect species in exotic pine plantations throughout the southern hemisphere and has been recently discovered in north central North America. It is uncertain how this insect will behave in pine ecosystems in North America. To assess the impact and attack behavior of S.