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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Science Policy Exchange Project: Forest Pests and Pathogens

The Harvard Forest, in collaboration with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, has launched a new Science Policy Exchange project on forest pests and pathogens. This project addresses growing concerns about damage to trees, forests, and local economies caused by introduced insects. The new project commenced with a two-day workshop on May 7 and 8, at the Cary Institute in Millbrook, New York.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Graduate Students Honored with Research Awards

Five PhD students/candidates pursuing research at the Harvard Forest have recently received competitive awards and fellowships to support their work.

Ahmed Hassabelkreem Siddig (pictured at left) has earned a Student Dissertation Research Grant from the University of Massachusetts, to support his efforts to create a more informative measure of indicator species "effectiveness" for ecological monitoring and conservation in declining ecosystems. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Harvard Events to Feature New Hemlock Book

Hemlock branch by David Foster

Events in May and June at Harvard University will feature the new Harvard Forest book, Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, published this spring by Yale University Press.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Confronting Environmental Challenges: the Science Policy Exchange

Science Policy Exchange cover

As part of the Harvard Forest's commitment to connecting science, communication, and policy outreach, recently we have helped to launch the Science Policy Exchange, a collaborative of six world-class research institutions and four Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites, all dedicated to increasing the influence of science on environmental policy, conservation, and natural resource management.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Barbara Lerner and Scientific Data Provenance

Lerner in the forest

Each month, we feature research by one of Harvard Forest's Charles Bullard Fellows. This month, we're highlighting Barbara Lerner, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LANDIS-II Workshop Attracts International Researchers

LANDIS-II training

This month, Harvard Forest hosted a three-day training workshop for landscape ecologists interested in learning how to use the LANDIS-II forest simulation model.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Earth Day of the Future: NSF Features Long-Term Research

This winter, Harvard Forest's Changes to the Land report was one of six research studies featured in the National Science Foundation's 2014 mini-symposium on Long-Term Ecological Research. These studies have now been highlighted for Earth Day in a new NSF Discovery article on cutting-edge research into the coming decades of environmental change.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Study: Climate Legacy in Eastern Old-Growth Forests

old-growth rings

A new study released this week in Ecological Monographs, led by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory ecologist Neil Pederson in collaboration with Harvard Forest ecologist Dave Orwig and others, highlights the fundamental shifts and lasting legacy left by climate events like drought, even in the rainy eastern U.S.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Museum Event Features Art & Science of Trees

Clothed in Bark cover

A special event on May 1 in the Fisher Museum will feature co-authors Frank Lowenstein (Harvard College '83) and Sallie Lowenstein discussing their new book, Clothed in Bark (Lion Stone Books), a hand-bound volume of 48 intricate photo-drawings of trees and an essay on forest change.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge

Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge

A new book, Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, edited by Harvard Forest director David Foster and co-authored by seven Harvard Forest research colleagues, is now available from Yale University Press.