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International Scholars in Residence at Harvard Forest
In April, 4 international visitors from 3 continents arrived to conduct research at the Forest in collaboration with HF ecologists Aaron Ellison and Audrey Barker-Plotkin, and Director of Conservation Innovation, Jim Levitt.
Visitor Shah Khalid studies and teaches Botany at Islamia College in Peshawar, Pakistan. He was awarded a scholarship from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to support his Harvard Forest study of the dynamics of understory vegetation in declining hemlock forests. He will also pursue studies of statistical techniques used in analyzing plant community ecology.
Rogerio and Amelia Silva are visiting the Forest from the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi in Belém, Brazil. Their work will focus on comparative studies of ecological traits between tropical and temperate ants in the genera Stigmatomma and Cyphomyrmex.
Geoff Wescott is an Associate Professor in environment policy, planning and management at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. At Harvard Forest he'll study large landscape scale conservation networks (like the Forest's Wildlands and Woodlands initiative) in association with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.