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May 2012

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bees in the Forest?

In spring, trees are some of the first plants to produce pollen and nectar for bees. Food helps bumblebee queens establish colonies, similar to the way that early childhood nutrition is important for people throughout their lives.

This summer, HF Senior Ecologist Elizabeth Crone, ecologist Dash Donnelly, Harvard graduate student James Crall, and Harvard undergraduate Kelsey McKenna will be studying how food affects the behavior and colony growth of native bumblebees. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Journalists Dig into Ecology at the Harvard Forest

Logan Science journalists at work

As part of a hands-on course in global change research, six science journalists from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Logan Science Journalism Program spent 3 days at the Harvard Forest in May, working alongside scientists to count Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, measure tree seedlings in herbivore exclosures, quantify carbon dioxide fluxes from a soil warming experiment, and core down to ice-aged sediments in the Black Gum Swamp.

Friday, May 25, 2012

2012 Summer Research Program Kicks Off

On May 21st, 29 students arrived at the Harvard Forest from around the country and the world, to take part in our 2012 Summer Research Program in Ecology. For 11 weeks, these students will live on-site and be mentored on a full-time, independent research project.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

2012-2013 Charles Bullard Fellows Announced

Harvard Forest is pleased to announce this year's group of Bullard fellows for 2012-2013, who will be based either at the Harvard Forest or at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the main Harvard campus. The mission of the Charles Bullard fellowship program is to support advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, administration or law.