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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Harvard Forest Represented at Undergraduate Research Conference

Israel Marquez, REU 2010, has been selected to attend the 2011 REU Conference hosted by the Council for Undergraduate Research, in Arlington VA this month, where he will present a poster on "Predicting Ragweed Hotspots in New England." Israel conducted presence-absence surveys and spatial analysis for this work as part of a study funded by the EPA and headed by HF Ecologist Kristina Stinson.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Little Shop of Horrors Inspires Plant Lecture

On Monday, October 3 at 7:00pm, senior ecologist Aaron Ellison will present a special lecture at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. Pitcher plantThe event is the season opener of the theatre's popular "Science On Screen" series, which pairs film screenings with creative introductions by notable science figures.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

HF Director of Conservation Innovation Presents at Historic Deerfield

Fisher museum diorama- Early Settler Clearing

On September 25, the Friends of Historic Deerfield welcomed James Levitt to their annual meeting at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Levitt's presentation, Conservation in Massachusetts—Past, Present, and Future, identified current local and global conservation initiatives. The event was cosponsored by the New England Forestry Foundation.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Harvard Forest Receives AV Improvement Grant

Harvard Forest has received a departmental support grant from the Harvard University Tozier Fund to upgrade our audio-visual and video conferencing capabilities. The Dr. Charles H. Tozier Fund was designated to support visual education in the sciences. The grant of $40,000 is being used to install a state-of-the art video display, wall-mounted camera, audio system, and wireless microphones for video conferences.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Harvard Forest's "Mega-plot" Nears Completion

Megaplot measuring

Harvard Forest researchers have nearly finished a major forest census begun in summer 2010 on a 35-hectare "mega-plot" on Prospect Hill. The mega-plot is part of a global array of plots to explore ecosystem processes, jointly established by CTFS and Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum and recently expanded by the Smithsonian Institution's Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO).

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bullard Fellow Featured in the News

One of HF's new Bullard Fellows, biology professor Dawn Bazely, was recently featured in York University's daily bulletin. During her residence at the Forest over the next six months, Bazely will be finishing a book on conservation biology in Southern Ontario. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Harvard Forest Publication: Species Associated with a Rare Native Plant, Swamp Lousewort

Lousewort flower

A new paper by Harvard Forest Postdoc Sydne Record describes plant species associated with a regionally rare hemiparasitic plant, Swamp Lousewort (Pedicularis lanceolata), across its geographic range. Sydne performed this research as part of her dissertation work with Harvard Forest Senior Research Ecologist Aaron Ellison. See the full article published in Rhodora. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

60 Groups Urge Congress to Act on Conservation

Policy Agenda Cover

In a report released last month, sixty organizations urged federal lawmakers to help meet New England's economic challenges by investing in the region's forests. The groups, convened over the past year with leadership from the Harvard Forest, outline in their report six policy opportunities to conserve forest resources and the environmental infrastructure they provide. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Soil and Microbial Science at Harvard Forest

Rutland Mushroom

Last month, Harvard Forest hosted its first Microbial Ecology Symposium, organized by Harvard Forest collaborator Serita Frey, a UNH biologist. The full day included talks and posters from senior scientists in the Harvard Forest LTER program (Stinson, Frey, Melillo, Ellison, Tang), as well as post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates (including a summer 2011 REU student). Topics included microbial responses to soil temperature, the role of microbes in ecosystem function, and fungal demography and community structure.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Harvard Museum of Natural History Lecture and Video Resources

Foster lecture harvard museum of natural history

Last month, HF director David Foster presented a lecture to a standing-room-only crowd at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, officially opening a new permanent exhibit on New England Forests. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association as one of the first events in a series celebrating Harvard's 375th anniversary. The Harvard Gazette featured the talk.

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