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What are you up to now?

April 7, 2009
Alyssa Hernandez REU '08 Mentor: Aaron Ellison Project: Forest canopy loss affects the competition dynamics of carabid beetles [Carabidae] (abstract) Hometown: Camarillo, CA College and Major: Cornell University, Natural Resources, class of 2010 What you miss most about the REU program: The fabulous group of REUers, being surrounded by the forest....and my mentor! What you miss least about the REU program: Mosquitoes, ticks, and trips to the medical center. What about the REU program has stuck with you: I came out of the program with a better understanding of field research and lab work. I...Read more >

What are you up to now?

March 26, 2009
Samantha Hilerio REU '08 and '09 Mentors: Aaron Ellison, Clarisse Hart Projects: Canopy Type Affects Habitat Preference in Web-Building and Hunting Spiders; The Presence of Spiders Reduces Ant Activity in Bogs Hometown: Barre, MA College and major: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Aerospace Engineering, class of 2012 What you miss most about the REU program: Doing my job in the woods, what better place is there? What you miss least about the REU program: Soil respiration- all be wary of the huge machine with the collar. What about the REU program has stuck with you: I learned a whole lot...Read more >

What are you up to now?

March 26, 2009
Jonathan Mejia REU '08 Mentor: Aaron Ellison Project: Measuring Niche Overlap Between Spiders and the Northern Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) in Tom Swamp (abstract) Hometown: NYC College and major: University of Vermont, Biological Science, class of 2009 What you miss most about the REU program: The people there were great and so was the house. It was seriously the best summer experience I ever had. But I have to say that what I miss most is the lab. What you miss least about the REU program: I miss the mosquitoes least. They were vicious and unfriendly. What about the REU program has...Read more >

Exploring Petersham and the surrounding areas

June 19, 2008
"While the area might not provide much in the way of urban entertainment, the North Quabbin region has plenty of places to go outside and play. I was lucky enough to bring my canoe with me, and while I have not taken it out yet there are a ton of places around to paddle. Tully Lake is a beautiful lake nearby with hiking and biking trails around it. Also, Erving state park is a couple of minutes away, with hiking and canoing as well. This weekend, we are probably going to go camping at one of these sites. Another fun activity is the fire pit right behind Fisher house. We have had one campfire...Read more >

Orientation and first week

June 5, 2008
Day 1 "Very exciting first day here I woke up early and went for a run before breakfast. After breakfast we had orientation all day. The morning was filled with an introduction to the forest history in the area (complete with a slideshow with the voiceover of a movie preview style narrator, so it was very dramatic and appropriate for the bits when they talked about the hurricane that came through in the 30's), and the overview of the program (including speeches about the importance/the big picture as well as personal ethics and our community here). We also had a lovely overview about ticks...Read more >

Welcome!

March 11, 2008
Welcome to the Harvard Forest REU Program blog. Here, our summer students will share their experiences and photographs from 12 weeks of ecological research at our field station in Petersham, Massachusetts. For more information on the Harvard Forest REU Program, visit the main Harvard Forest Summer Research Program webpage.Read more >

What are you up to now?

September 11, 2001
Jennifer Popham
Jennifer Popham REU '09 Mentor: Ed Faison Project: Seedling & Sapling Composition Influences Browsing Intensity of Ungulates in Massachusetts (abstract) Hometown: Gardner, MA College and major: University of Massachusetts, Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, class of 2010 What you miss most about the REU program: I miss the people I worked with and spending every day outdoors in the woods. What you miss least about the REU program: Getting soaked in the field on rainy days wasn't fun. What about the REU program has stuck with you: The friendships I made and the memories of seeing moose...Read more >

What are you up to now?

September 11, 2001
Julia Ka'iulani Nelson REU '03 Mentor: Kristina Stinson Project: Effects of soil disturbance and mowing on demographic structure and seedling performance in garlic mustard (Allaria petiolata) populations Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii College and major: Stanford University, Anthropological Sciences/Archaeology, class of 2004 What you miss most about the REU program: Too many things! Mostly the wonderful people I met there, but also being out in the field. Harvard Forest is beautiful! What you miss least about the REU program: Absolutely nothing! I miss it all. What about the REU program has stuck...Read more >

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