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Saturday, April 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Land Use Change in North Carolina

In a recently released book, Harvard Forest researcher Robert McDonald co-authored a chapter on the causes and consequences of land-use change in the North Carolina Piedmont with D.L. Urban, E.S. Minor, and E.A. Treml. The project integrated studies of forest dynamics, conservation value (forest songbird communities), and ecosystem processes (watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry). As part of this modeling effort, they estimated the uncertainties due to errors in imagery and ground data, model selection, parameter estimation, and process error.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

17th Annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

Harvard Forest Symposium Logo

The seventeeth annual symposium will be held Wednesday April 12, 2006 9:00am. A series of talks highlighting new research and cooperative carbon dynamics work.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Harvard Forest Master's Student Receives Bowdoin Prize

MFS student, Edward Faison was awarded Harvard University's Bowdoin Prize for Graduate Essays in the Natural Sciences for 2005-2006, an annual prize given for a paper of literary merit on any subject in the natural sciences. His essay, entitled "Extraordinary Accounts of the Common Ragweed," discusses ragweed pollen's unique role as an indicator of major environmental shifts in the New England landscape during the past 10,000 years. 

Saturday, April 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Managing Different Types of Privately Owned Forest

We used a segmentation analysis which indicates a significant heterogeneity of private woodland owner attitudes in Massachusetts. We estimate roughly 67% of private woodland owners place highest priority on contemplative enjoyment and privacy provided by their properties. These "Henry David Thoreau" type owners are not necessarily opposed to management or utilization of wood from their land, but these activities are of a lesser priority compared to "Walden-like" qualities or benefits. We estimate roughly 23% of the woodland owner population share characteristics with John Muir.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Forest in Time Paperback Second Printing

The re-release of Forest in Time (FIT) in paperback coincides with the review of FIT in The Agricultural History Review by Forests In Time CoverGraeme Wynn of the University of British Columbia. He wrote:

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Northeast NEON Meeting

NSF and NEONInc have released two reports and indicated that an RFP for a prospectus from each NEON Domain (region) will be coming out in 2-3 months, with the prospectus due in 6-9 months. Consequently, we are organizing a meeting for all individuals interested in the Northeast NEON effort.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Wildlands and Woodlands: Continuing the Vision

Some eight months after the report's release four major and complementary efforts have arisen to support this conservation vision, sustain its dissemination and promote its initial implementation. These include:

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

NEON Social Science Workshop Report

A Transformational Ecological Research Program To Interpret and Forecast Dynamics in the Coupled Human-Environment System Report of the NSF-Sponsored Workshop -- January 10-11, 2006 Harvard Forest, Harvard University

David Foster, Billie Turner, Morgan Grove, and Workshop Participants

Full Copy of Report 

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publications: Ragweed's Past & Future In New England

Kristina Stinson and Ed Faison took the lead on two Harvard Forest publications demonstrating that climate change increases the presence and abundance of ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) and its pollen. K. Stinson and F. Bazzaz tested whether elevated CO2 would benefit the growth and reproductive output of small plants over larger ones by growing experimental stands of competing ragweed individuals in climate-controlled open top chambers shown in photo.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Smith Conservation Fellowship Awarded to Harvard Forest Post Doc

Dr. Robert McDonald, currently of Harvard Forest, received The Society for Conservation Biology and the Cedar Tree Foundation 2006 Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, the nation's premier post doctoral program in conservation biology, seeks to find solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges in the United States. Each Fellow's research is conducted in partnership with a major academic institution and an "on the ground" conservation organization to help bridge the gap between theory and application.

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