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Friday, October 6, 2017

Study: Warmer Forest Soils Release More Carbon, Accelerating Future Warming

A new study in the journal Science reports on 26 years of data from the world’s longest-running forest soil warming experiment, based at the Harvard Forest since 1991. It suggests that in a warming world, a self-reinforcing and perhaps uncontrollable carbon feedback will occur between forest soils and the climate system, adding to the build-up of atmospheric carbon dioxide caused by burning fossil fuels, and ultimately accelerating global warming. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pits and Mounds: Diminished Elements in a Second-Growth Landscape

Pits and mounds might be considered the charismatic microtopography of the forest. These features, vividly nicknamed 'pillows and cradles,' are formed by the uprooting of trees.

Tuesday, 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. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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? An international group of LiDaR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanning experts and forest scientists gathered at the Harvard Forest this August to compare scanning and destructive sampling methods to calculate tree volume, mass, and carbon. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Improving Approaches for Scientists and Stakeholders to Co-design Environmental Scenarios

Planning for the future involves overcoming 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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

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).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest

Sorting litter - Photo by John Hirsch

In a newly released book, And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest,  John Hirsch chronicles the research, scientists, and ephemera of the Harvard Forest— Harvard University’s 4000-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in Petersham, Massachusetts.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Student highlighted in Guam Daily Post

Jerilyn Calaor and Alina Smith in the field

Jerilyn Calaor, 2017 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program student, was recently highlighted in her local paper, The Guam Daily Post.  Jerilyn, a rising senior biology major at the University of Guam, is one of 18 students from around the United States participating in this year's summer program.

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