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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Study: Changing Atmosphere Boosts Water Efficiency in Trees

Tower fish-eye view

A study published today in the journal Nature, led by Harvard faculty member Andrew Richardson and post-doctoral fellow Trevor Keenan, uses more than 20 years of data from Harvard Forest research towers to explain how rising CO2 levels help trees use water more efficiently.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Students Share Summer Research Experiences

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program students

Canopy robots, urban heat islands, invasive insects, and underground root photography: our 25 summer students are all blogging about their independent projects in our Summer Research Program, underway now.

One student reports, "Recently, my friends and I climbed Mt. Greylock (the tallest mountain in Massachusetts), and like that climb, this summer has certainly been a challenge. I have learned more than I ever could in any class."

Monday, June 10, 2013

New Study: Whitebark Pine Seeds at Risk

Clark's Nutcracker

New insight on seed production patterns in whitebark pines raises new concern for the already-dwindling western trees and the animals that depend on them.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

2013-2014 Charles Bullard Fellows Announced

2012-2013 Bullard Fellows

Harvard Forest is pleased to announce its Charles Bullard fellows for 2013-2014. The mission of the Charles 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 or law.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Schoolyard Teacher Wins State Award

Lise LeTellier environmental education award

Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology teacher Lise LeTellier was honored this month at the Massachusetts State House with a first-place award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Biennial Report Released

Harvard Forest Biennial Report 2013

A new report outlining the Harvard Forest's recent and emerging activities in science, education, policy, conservation, and forest management, was released today.

To request a hard copy, contact Clarisse Hart at or 978-756-6157.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Ants of New England" Tops Book Society List

Field Guide to the Ants of New England

Senior ecologist Aaron Ellison's Field Guide to the Ants of New England has been named one of 4 winners of the 2013 New England Society (NES) Book Awards. The awards honor books of merit that celebrate New England and its culture.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Advancing Community Leadership in Forest Conservation

Keystone Cooperators 2013

Twenty-five forest landowners and community leaders recently braved icy April weather to attend a three-day workshop at the Harvard Forest as part of the 24th annual Keystone Project. The Keystone Project training, led by Paul Catanzaro from UMass Extension and Dave Kittredge from the UMass Department of Environmental Conservation, covers topics including forest ecology and management, wildlife management, land protection, and community outreach.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pitcher Plants as Models for Ecosystem Change

An innovative new study led by HF senior ecologist Aaron Ellison and Summer Research Program student Jennie Sirota was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The NSF-funded study investigated the factors that cause some lakes and ponds to shift from a clear, oxygen-rich state to an irreversible green sludge.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Harvard Forest Artist Receives Grand Prize

Chelsea collecting leaves, by John Hirsch

Photographs of the Harvard Forest by artist John Hirsch have won the Grand Prize for Photo Portfolio in the Maine Media Workshop’s “Spirit of Place” contest. More than 3,800 images were submitted to the competition from artists around the world.  Hirsch’s contest prizes include a special exhibition at the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport.