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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Study: Wildfire in a Warming Climate Could Relegate Some Forests to Shrubland

The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, according to a new study published today in Global Change Biology, by HF Senior Ecologist Jonathan Thompson and fellow scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and UVA.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Study Links Hemlock Decline to Shifts in Water Resources

Each year in New England, tree-killing insect pests cause sweeping changes in forests. Some changes are highly visible – like swaths of dead trees. A new Harvard Forest study points to a less visible but still critical impact: changes to freshwater streams, including streams that source public water supplies.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017-2018 Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2017-2018.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Museum Event to Launch New Book: Witness Tree

Near the edge of the Harvard Forest stands a stately red oak tree that, if you listen closely, tells a rich, 100-year story of human and environmental change. Veteran Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes studied the tree and its environs intently for a year during a recent Bullard Fellowship.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Field Trip Scholarships for Middle & High School Classrooms

Scholarships are now available for educators wishing to bring middle and high school classes for a guided field trip to explore the forest and Fisher Museum, and to collect data as part of an authentic ecological field study. 

Field trips are available in two locations: the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts or Highstead in southern Connecticut.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Open Studio to Feature Sci-Art Collaboration

On Saturday, April 29, artist and designer David Buckley Borden, a 2016-2017 Bullard Fellow and Harvard GSD alumnus, will host an open studio at the Harvard Forest for students and the public to explore his ongoing work.

The open studio will run from 12:00-4:00pm. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Learning from an Island: Harvard Students Explore Vineyard Ecosystems

A lucky group of Harvard students spent 5 days on Martha's Vineyard during Spring Break with HF Director David Foster, exploring the Island's history, culture, and ecosystems. Foster has been studying the Island for decades, and recently published a book and series of maps about the Island, around which the program was based.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Keystone Project Honored for Outstanding Environmental Education

The Massachusetts Keystone Project, led by UMass Extension since 1988 and involving a 3-day training workshop at Harvard Forest every April, has been awarded a prestigious Environmental Service Award by the Mass. Association of Conservation Commissions.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

The 28th annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium will be held Tuesday, March 21 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm in the newly reopened Harvard Forest Fisher Museum.

Friday, February 10, 2017

New Study: Nitrogen Pollution Hinders Forest Decomposers

Atmospheric pollution may be altering forest ecosystems in ways that are difficult to reverse, according to a study of experimental Harvard Forest soils recently published in the journal Ecology, led by a team of HF collaborators from the University of New Hampshire, University of Wyoming, and University of W

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