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September 2014

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New SPE Study: Power Plant Standards and Public Health

Carbon Co-Benefits study

On June 2, 2014, the EPA released the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Released today is part 2 of a 3-part study, in which Science Policy Exchange researchers analyze the impact of different policy options for power plant carbon standards on clean air and public health. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tracking Climate and Wildfire in the Klamath Region

Klamath fire

Thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation, over the next 4 years, HF senior ecologist Jonathan Thompson will study future changes to the increasingly wildfire-prone Klamath region of Oregon and California. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Thompson's research team will evaluate the potential for the 25-million-acre Klamath region to shift, through climate change and increased wildfire, from a high-biomass conifer forest to a low-carbon, shrub-dominated landscape.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Michael Knoblauch and Nutrient Transport in Trees

Phloem magnified - copyright American Society of Plant Biologists

Michael Knoblauch, a plant cell biologist from Washington State University, chose to come to the Harvard Forest as a Bullard Fellow because we had everything he needed to study nutrient transport in trees: "Mature trees of various species, scaffolding and a bucket truck, well-equipped labs, a quiet environment, accommodations - and," Knoblauch adds, "great people."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Long-Term Insights on Soil Carbon

Harvard Forest DIRT plot

Unraveling the complex functions of the soil ecosystem has been a research focus at the Harvard Forest for over 20 years.