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Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Harvard Forest Publication: Ragweed Genotypes and Climate Change

Ragweed

Harvard Forest scientist Kristina Stinson and colleagues from University College, Dublin, Ireland, published a new paper in Ecosphere predicting changes in the genetic composition of common ragweed populations under global change conditions. Common ragweed, or Ambrosia artemisiifolia, produces pollen that is a leading cause of fall hay fever allergies. In experimentally elevated CO2 conditions, this plant can produce 60% more pollen than it does in present day conditions.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kittredge Speaks at International Meeting

David Kittredge gave the invited keynote address in early April at an international symposium on recent advances in land owner extension, organized by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), University of Helsinki , and Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The meeting was held in Kuusamo, Finland, and focused on peer-to-peer learning among land owners.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

2011-2012 Charles Bullard Fellows Announced

Harvard Forest's mid-career fellowship recipients have been announced for 2011-2012. See all Charles Bullard Fellow recipients since its inception in 1962.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Earth Day at the Museum of Science

Earth Day Outreach

On Earth Day, Harvard Forest was one of eight organizations highlighted at the Boston Museum of Science. Site Coordinator Audrey Barker Plotkin and Outreach Manager Clarisse Hart hosted an activity table, presented a lecture about forest conservation, and recorded a podcast. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Keystone Cooperators Trained at Harvard Forest

On April 14-17, 20 community volunteers participated in a workshop on ecology, conservation, and communication as part of the 2011 Keystone GroupKeystone Program, part of UMass Amherst's natural resource outreach effort. In return for this educational opportunity, volunteers agree to return to their communities and serve as spokespersons or advocates for conservation at the local level.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

HF Featured in Harvard Museum of Natural History Exhibit

On May 21, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) will debut "New England Forests," a permanent multi-media exhibition that explores the natural history and ecology of our region's forests, their responses to human activity, and their environmental significance. Harvard Forest's research and landscapes will figure heavily in the exhibit—the culmination of more than a year of strong collaboration between Harvard Forest and HMNH staff. The HMNH will also sponsor a Fall 2011 series of public lectures, workshops, and symposia on related research topics.