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Monday, April 9, 2018

Long-Term Data on Ants Reveal Forest Dynamics

Sydne Record with Summer Student Collecting Ants

When forests change, do the resident ants change, too?  Ecologists Sydne Record (Bryn Mawr), Aaron Ellison (HF), Tempest McCabe (HF 2015 Summer Student, now at Boston University), and Ben Baiser (University of Florida Gainesville) answer this question in a new paper in the journal 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

Harvard Forest Science & Art on the Road: Shifting Sites Exhibition

RISD oepning of Shifting Sites Exhibit

Harvard Forest Fellow David Buckley Borden and Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison have taken Hemlock Hospice and a study model for a new sculpture, Warming Warning Walk, on the road to the Rhode Island School of Design as part of the group exhibition, Shifting Sites.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Grad Students in the Canopy and Online: Science in Real Life

Collecting leaves from canopy

Jess Gersony, a graduate student in Harvard University's Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) Department, studies how trees respond to drought at the Harvard Forest, and is the guest star of a new episode on the YouTube channel 'Science in Real Life.' Fellow OEB graduate student Molly Edwards is the creator and host of this channel, supported by a grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists for 10 episodes featuring the work of women plant biologists at leading research institutions across the country.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Capitol Hill Presentation on Co-benefits of Power Plant Standards

Kathy Fallon Lambert speaks to Policy Makers

Kathy Fallon Lambert, Director of the Science Policy Exchange, led a team of scientists that gave a briefing to the U.S. House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) on the air quality, health, and environmental consequences of different types of power plant carbon standards.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Harvard Forest Director Receives Book Award in Environmental Science

David Foster - Author of A Meeting of Land and Sea

At its annual Prose Awards luncheon on February 8 in Washington D.C., the American Association of Publishers announced that A Meeting of Land and Sea. Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard, a new book by HF Director David Foster, had been awarded the 2018 prize for Environmental Science.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Data from Art: Hemlock Hospice Starts Yielding Results

Hemlock Hospice Wordle

Based on the visitor log at the Harvard Forest Hemlock Hospice Art Exhibition, more than 500 people have viewed its 18 installations since the October 7th opening.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Reproducibility in Ecological Research

Figure from Nature Ecology and Evolution

How can we improve the reproducibility of ecological experiments?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Book: Carnivorous Plants

Front Cover Carnivorous Plants, edited by Aaron Ellison

Researchers from around the world, led by Harvard Forest senior ecologist Aaron Ellison, have just published a major scientific synthesis on the physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology of carnivorous plants.

A walk through any bookstore will turn up dozens of popular, coffee-table books about carnivorous plants, but until this month, there have only been 3 synthetic, scientific treatments of what Charles Darwin called “the most wonderful plants in the world.”

Monday, December 11, 2017

Boston Globe Features Hemlock Hospice Art Installation

Fast Forward - Hemlock Hospice Installation by David Buckley Borden

Harvard Forest and the Hemlock Hospice Art Installation was recently highlighted by Renée Loth in the Boston Globe.  The elegy to the Hemlock is described by Loth in this excerpt: 

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