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Friday, July 1, 2011

Asian Longhorned Beetle in the News

Forest ecologist Dave Orwig and colleagues have published a new article in the News Quarterly of the New England Society of American Foresters. Their research explored dispersal and tree selection by the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), with overstory red maple emerging as a commonly exploited tree type. The article is available here. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ragweed Experiment Underway

Hoop house for ragweed experiment

A major component of a 3-year allergenic plant study--funded by the EPA and led by HF ecologists Kristina Stinson and David Foster, with UMass professor Christine Rogers--is in its final stages of build-out in the Harvard Forest experimental garden. A team of staff and summer students have contributed to the construction of 14 hoop houses, which will each house 1,248 ragweed plants grown from seeds collected in New York City, Burlington, and Boston.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mercury Briefings on Capitol Hill

On June 14, Kathy Fallon Lambert, Harvard Forest's Science and Policy Integration Program Director, presented at the U.S. Capitol with 3 colleagues, David Evers (Biodiversity Research institute), David Gay (National Atmospheric Deposition Program), and Charley Driscoll (Syracuse U. and Hubbard Brook LTER). Their presentations focused on the importance of establishing a comprehensive national mercury monitoring network in collaboration with existing research networks such as LTER, NEON and NADP (National Atmospheric Deposition Program).