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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bullard Spotlight: Crystal Schaaf on Visualizing Hemlock Loss

2017-2018 Bullard Fellow Crystal Schaaf, a Professor in the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston, spent her sabbatical year at Harvard Forest documenting the changes in forest structure that are occurring due to the widespread hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) infestation of eastern forests. Professor Schaaf and her team employ satellite imagery and terrestrial lidar scans of a forest to map structural change and assess forest health.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Study Reveals 14,000 Years of Change in New England's Forests

student collecting sediment core_photo by Jenny Meskauskas
New analyses of lake‐sediment pollen records from 29 sites across southern and central New England, recently published in the Journal of Biogeography, report on 14,000 years of change in tree diversity since the last glaciation.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Museum Screening & Panel to Feature Old-Growth Forests

eastern white pines by Ray Asselin

A new film about the history and science of old-growth forests in central New England will premiere at the Fisher Museum in Petersham on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Remarks and a brief panel discussion will follow the 1-hour documentary and feature the filmmaker, scientists interviewed in the film, and conservation leaders looking to preserve these forests in central Massachusetts. The event is free and open to the public, and will close with an audience Q&A.

Friday, June 1, 2018

2018-2019 Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2018-2019. The mission of the Bullard Fellowship Program is to support advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution--either as scholars or administrators--to forestry and forest-related subjects, from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, law, and the arts and humanities. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Registration Open: Schoolyard Ecology Workshop for Teachers

New England-based teachers of grades 4-12 are invited to build their skills in field-based data collection by registering for the Schoolyard Summer Institute for Teachers, to be held August 22 at the Harvard Forest.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Study: In Warmer Future, More Fire, Fewer Trees in Klamath

Increasing fires and summer droughts caused by global warming are drastically changing a globally unique bio-region of northern California and southwestern Oregon, according to new research from HF Senior Ecologist Jonathan Thompson's lab, published today in the journal Scientific Reports.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bullard Spotlight: Isabelle Chuine on What Makes Spring Buds Burst

Every quarter, we highlight the work of one of our visiting Charles Bullard Fellows. Isabelle Chuine is a research director at the Centre of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France. Her research lies at the interface of functional ecology and evolutionary ecology and focuses on seasonal change in forest trees, especially as climate warms.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Long-Term Data on Ants Reveal Forest Dynamics

Sydne Record with Summer Student Collecting Ants

When forests change, do the ants that live there change, too? Ecologist Sydne Record (Bryn Mawr College), Aaron Ellison (HF Senior Ecologist), Tempest McCabe (Harvard Forest Summer Student '15, now at Boston University), and Ben Baiser (University of Florida-Gainesville) answered this question in a new study in Ecosphere.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Ecology Symposium Highlights 30 Years of Long-Term Research

Highlights and new directions from 30 years of the Forest's Long-Term Ecological Research Program were the focus of the 2018 Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium, held on March 20 in the Fisher Museum. More than 120 attendees - scientists, students, and forestry/conservation professionals - filled the Museum, with more joining online for the live-stream. Speakers covered issues ranging from carbon cycling and conservation/science policy to forest insect pests and soil microbes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Science-Art Collaboration on the Road: Shifting Sites at RISD

RISD opening of Shifting Sites Exhibit

HF Bullard Fellow David Buckley Borden and Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison took their collaborative exhibit, Hemlock Hospice, and a study model for a new sculpture, Warming Warning Walk, to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) as part of a group exhibition in March 2018.

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