News & Highlights

Last updated September 19, 2017

New Report: Forests, Funding, and Conservation in Decline across New England

The Harvard Forest, Highstead, and authors from around New England have released a new report called “Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities," which broadens a 2010 Harvard Forest vision for conservation to permanently protect forests and farmlands as natural infrastructure that sustains both people and nature in the region. 

Hemlock Hospice Opening Reception

On Saturday October 7th, from 12 noon until 4 pm, the Harvard Forest will host an opening reception for the Hemlock Hospice art installation on the Prospect Hill Tract and feature prints, drawings and sculptures in science-communication in the Fisher Museum.  This exhibition is the work of interdisciplinary artist and designer David Buckley Borden’s year-long collaboration with scientists as a Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow. The event is free and open to the public.

How Much Carbon?

Atticus Stovall with Faro Scanner

We know that forests store carbon, but how do we measure the carbon stored in trees without cutting them down? Most researchers use equations that estimate mass (and carbon) based on simple, nondestructive measurements of diameter and species. Improving these equations, and exploring new methods of estimating mass from detailed lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) techniques is important to estimate forest carbon more accurately and efficiently.

 Improving approaches for scientists and stakeholders to co-design environmental scenarios

Planning for the future involves surmounting uncertainty to anticipate the unknown. An increasingly popular approach for developing future plans while managing uncertainty is scenario development, whereby several consistent and coherent storylines are developed to reflect different hypotheses about how the future might unfold.

Science Policy Exchange Launches New Website

Science Policy Exchange new website screen shot

The Science Policy Exchange has launched a new website, science-policy-exchange.org, to communicate our mission, feature our three initiatives, and share our resources, including publications, reports, policy briefs, videos, infographics, media coverage, and public comments on policies that effect our atmosphere, land, and water.

New NSF Grant for Public Engagement at LTER Sites

Research at Harvard Farm

Researchers from the Harvard Forest, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Michigan State University, Boston University, and CUNY were awarded $1.67 million from the National Science Foundation for a new project, Embedding Public Engagement with Science at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites (PES@LTERs).