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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Summer Archaeological Field School Unearths the Sanderson Tannery

This summer, 9 students took part in a 5-week Archaeological Field School at Harvard Forest, led by UMass Field School program director Dianna Doucette. At the Sanderson Tannery site, known to have been active from 1792 to 1829, the students uncovered a trove of colonial artifacts and also a few Native American relics: among them, ceramic sherds (pearlware, stoneware, yelloware, and others), nails, glass bottles, bones, bricks, keys, and tools. The Field School is now busy in its home lab, analyzing the thousands of artifacts that were found.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Harvard Forest Art Talk – Exploring Red Eft Colors

Tuesday, September 7, at 4:00pm, David Bryant, Harvard Forest artist in residence, will present an Art Talk and Gallery Presentation for the HF community in the Fisher Museum. The general public is also welcome. David is an illustration major at the Rhode Island School of Design and Senior Assistant at RISD's Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. Recently, he has worked as an exhibit watercolor artist for the Harvard Museum of Natural History. During his residency at Harvard Forest, he will explore the relationship between red eft coloration and forest microclimates.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Student Symposium and Video on Deep Forest History

33 Summer REU students presented findings from their research projects at a Symposium in the Fisher Museum. Several students had continued large-scale research projects that have been operating for many years at Harvard Forest. Others helped with experiments that were in their first year, but that are expected to continue long into the future. These students learned a lot about the value of collecting baseline data so that future researchers will be able to detect changes in their plots. Still other projects addressed more computational and technological advances in the field of ecology.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Plantation Harvest Field Tour

Tuesday, September 14 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Harvard Forest

Tour Leaders: Audrey Barker Plotkin (Harvard Forest) and Ed Faison (Highstead)
Meet at the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest,

In 2001, the Harvard Forest began planning how to bring nearly a century of plantation research to a grand finale, and developed a management plan in which 80 of about 125 acres of our remaining plantations were harvested between 2008-2010. More information.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Grant to Support Undergraduate Research

Harvard Forest has received a 3-year, $420,000 grant from NASA's Global Climate Change Education program to support our summer undergraduate research program. This award will provide opportunities for four students from Lincoln University (Missouri), the home institution of recent Bullard Fellow Nsalambi Nkongolo, and local 5th-grade teacher Katie Bennett to work on data-model fusion and forecasting of environmental change in northeastern North America.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Climate Change and Hayfever Research Underway

As part of an ongoing study investigating climate change effects on human health, a team led by David Foster and Kristina Stinson (Harvard Forest) and Christine Rogers (University of MA School of Public Health & Health Sciences) recently deployed a series of pollen capturing instruments, known as Burkard traps, to monitor ragweed pollen across Massachusetts. The ragweed pollen season, which typically runs from August 1-October 31, is one of the worst for those who suffer from hay fever.