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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

An Essential Guide to Viewing New England Wildlife

Wildlife of NE Cover

With practical guidance, helpful tips, and informative overviews of each location, The Wildlife of New England, by John S. Burk invites you to discover more than 80 wildlife-viewing areas around New England.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

July Conference on Decline and Treatment of New England Trees

On July 12, Dave Orwig will present at the Arnolod Arboretum (Boston, MA) information about tree decline resulting from a variety of stressors including native and exotic pests and pathogens. Conifer species will be highlighted, but ongoing hardwood tree problems will be included as well. Emphasis will be given to identification of the problem, the mode of tree decline, and appropriate treatment options when applicable.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Film Screening: Green Fire

On June 2 at 6:30pm, the new documentary Green Fire, which explores the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold, premieres in Boston at the Stuart Street Playhouse (info, trailers, and tickets available). This screening is co-sponsored by the Wildlands and Woodlands project and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Harvard Forest Publication: Global Warming May Increase Carbon Storage

A paper recently published by Jerry Melillo of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has been making news in the past few weeks. The paper describes the results of a 7-year soil warming study at Harvard Forest, which shows that trees growing in experimentally warmed soils sequester more carbon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Interns Arrive

2011 REU Students

30 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 eleven 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 opportunities.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Grant and Harvard Forest Publication: Invasive Pests

Hemlock wooly adelgid

Forest ecologist Dave Orwig, along with collaborators Evan Preisser (Principal Investigator-University of Rhode Island), Tom Holmes (USDA Forest Service), and Joe Elkinton (Umass Amherst) have received a $422,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) - Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The grant focuses on the two invasive insects that threaten our native hemlock forest ecosystems: the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and the elongate hemlock scale (EHS). Their research addresses several questions of pressing ecological significance.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Schoolyard Ecology Teachers Connect K-12 Students to Ecology

Schoolyard Teacher Honored