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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Harvard Forest Mega-plot Census Begins

Megaplot Map

Harvard Forest researchers, with the assistance of scientists from the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), began the census of woody stems within a 35 ha plot located on Prospect Hill. Using standardized CTFS methodology, every stem greater than 1 cm diameter at 1.3 m is measured, tagged, and mapped. During the summer, Forest Ecologist David Orwig and 6 crew members will continue the sampling on the western portion of the plot.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Grad student news: dissertation defense

Congratulations to Sydne Record, who successfully defended her dissertation on May 18. Sydne will be staying on at Harvard Forest as a post-doctoral researcher, working on two aspects of vegetation response to climate change: the expansion and allergenicity of ragweed (with Kristina Stinson), and the future distribution of forest trees (with Aaron Ellison). 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Torrey Laboratory Renovations Completed

Harvard Forest is pleased to announce the opening of the newly renovated, ADA-compliant Torrey Laboratory for biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. Funded by a facilities grant from the National Science Foundation, the renovation includes new facilities and equipment to support research into terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemistry, soil microbial processes, and a dedicated microscopy suite.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Undergraduate Interns Arrive for Summer Program in Ecology

2010 REU Interns

34 summer students have arrived as part of the Harvard Forest summer research program in ecology. Students come from all over the United States to participate in on-going research projects for twelve weeks. Under the guidance and supervision of researchers at the Forest, students will work on projects related to land-use history, phenology, plant physiology, invasive species, insect ecology, and climate change, among others. Students also participate in seminars, discussions on ethics in science, and career-building and community service opportunities.