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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Harvard Forest Upgrades Video Conferencing Capabilities

Harvard Forest has upgraded its audio-visual and video conferencing capabilities with a generous departmental support grant from the Harvard University Tozier Fund. The Dr. Charles H. Tozier Fund was designated to support visual education in the sciences. The $40,000 grant supported the installation of a state-of-the art video display, wall-mounted camera, audio system, and wireless microphones for video conferences.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

HF Articles on Invasive Species Top Most-Read List

Journal Cover

An August 2011 article by HF forest ecologist Dave Orwig remains the most frequently downloaded article at the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Also in the top ten is an article co-authored by Orwig and HF ecologist Kristina Stinson on invasive pests. To view the articles, visit the journal's webpage. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Data Workshop for K-12 Teachers

Betsy with teachers

Harvard Forest's Schoolyard LTER Program, which currently trains teachers from over 50 schools to conduct ecological research in their schoolyards, has added a new professional development workshop for teacher participants. In the Data Level III workshop to be held in January, teachers will work one-on-one with Harvard Forest ecologists to explore advanced graphing techniques for their students' Schoolyard data. The more introductory Data Level I and II workshops, taught by HF ecologist Betsy Colburn, were conducted this fall.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Science & Policy: from Quandry to Innovation

On November 1-2, 2011 ecosystem scientists from four northeastern LTER sites met at the Harvard Forest for a workshop with policy and media experts to explore new approaches for expanding the impact of science in environmental decision making.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

REU Student Presents Carbon Work at National Meeting

REU student Kate Eisen with tree

Kate Eisen, Summer Program for Ecology participant, presented a talk at the 2012 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. The talk, "Long-Term Measurements Support Continuation of Northeastern Carbon Sink," was developed from her Summer 2011 research at the Harvard Forest. She worked with Collette Yee and mentor Audrey Barker Plotkin to complete the fifth census of a 3-ha forest stand that was originally mapped and measured in 1969.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Air Pollution Impacts Report

Harvard Forest Science & Policy Integration Project Director, Kathy Fallon Lambert, partnered with the Ecological Society of America to Issues in Ecology Coverco-author a new Issues in Ecology report, "Setting Limits: Using Air Pollution Thresholds to Protect and Restore U.S. Ecosystems" (available free as a PDF).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spotlight: Crone Lab

Butterfly

The researchers working in Senior Ecologist Elizabeth Crone's lab are engaged in a diversity of projects ranging from butterfly population dynamics to sugar maple seed production. Rui Zhang, a post-doctoral fellow who arrived in October, is collaborating with Finnish researcher Anne Jäkäläniemi to investigate how habitat transitions affect populations of Silene tartarica, an endangered riparian plant native to Finland.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Summer and Winter Programs for Undergraduates

2011 REU Students

We are now accepting applications for our Summer Research Program, an intensive research and education experience in ecology that runs from May 21 to Aug. 3, 2012. Undergraduates and recent graduates from any college or university are welcome to apply. Application deadline: Feb. 3, 2012. Learn more.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Summer Student Publishes Invasive Species Research

2009 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program student Jenna Turner has co-authored a paper using her summer project data. Using fluorescent powder, she and mentor Matt Fitzpatrick simulated the dispersal of an invasive insect (the hemlock woolly adelgid) in a hemlock forest understory.