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October 2010

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Friday, October 1, 2010

David R. Foster and Wildlands and Woodlands receive the Charles Eliot Award from the Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees of Reservations, one of the nation's oldest land conservation organizations awarded the award to David Foster at their annual meeting on September 25.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Harvard Forest Book Republished as Classic Text

When Tropical Trees as Living Systems was published in 1978, tropical forests were a mystery to many ecologists. The book, edited by Harvard Forest botanist P. Barry Tomlinson with Martin Zimmerman, has been re-released this year in paperback by Cambridge University Press. The book publishes the results of the Fourth Cabot Symposium held at the Harvard Forest in 1976, in text that is meant to be easily accessible to an engaged, non-specialist audience. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

New Grant to Investigate Multiple Factors of Plant Population Change

Understanding how plant populations respond to changing environments is complicated by the fact that fluctuations in plant performance reflect annual, year-to-year variation in the weather, a plant's ability to store and reallocate resources over time, as well as long-term trends in the environment. Elizabeth Crone received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop methods for separating these different kinds of variation when monitoring data for plant populations.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Harvard Forest Welcomes New Director of Science & Policy Integration Project

Kathy Lambert was appointed as director of the Science & Policy Integration Project in April, 2010. The Science & Policy Integration Project is a new effort at the Harvard Forest that builds bridges between long-term ecological research and related conservation and public policy. The project is focused on large scale drivers of environmental change in the Northeast including land use, climate change, and atmospheric pollution.

Friday, October 1, 2010

New Harvard Forest Publication: Schoolyard Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Project

Congrats once again to Kate Bennett, 5th grade Schoolyard Ecology Teacher who has published an article about her Woolly Bully/Hemlock Citizen Scientists project in the September edition of the National Science Teacher Association's journal. Kate's article was featured as a free download for web users during the month of September. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Explore the Harvard Forest Data Map

The Harvard Forest Data Map (HFDM) incorporates the technology of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with the research conducted at specific locations. With the support of the Harvard University Provost Technology Grant and the Center for Geographic Analysis, we have combined the extensive GIS spatial records for the Harvard Forest with the actual data collected at those sites.

Friday, October 1, 2010

New Harvard Forest Publication: Moose and Deer Exclosures in Massachusetts and Connecticut

A stroll through a recent patch cut or shelterwood harvest in Massachusetts or northern Connecticut reveals not only prolific tree regeneration but an astonishing level of ungulate browsing. To what extent moose and deer browsing is altering forest development in these regenerating stands is a question that Harvard Forest researcher, Ed Faison; Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit leader, Stephen DeStefano; and others are studying.