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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

NSF "Ecological Reflections" Exhibit Highlights 6 Harvard Forest Artists

Cloud Lightning poster by Roberto Mighty

Work by 39 artists and writers from 11 LTER sites, including the Harvard Forest, is the focus of a new Ecological Reflections exhibit at National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The exhibit, “Sense of Place in Changing Places,” opened to a full house of visitors on February 28 as part of the 2013 LTER mini-symposium.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Harvard Forest and the Town of Petersham on Chronicle

The popular WCVB Channel 5 show Chronicle featured the town of Petersham and the Harvard Forest in a recent episode of "Mystery Main Streets."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mass. Keystone Project Now Accepting Applications

Keystone training

The Massachusetts Keystone Project trains 20-25 community leaders at the Harvard Forest each year. The 2013 program takes place April 11-14; applications will be accepted through March 4.

Potential Keystone applicants should either own forestland, be involved in the care and stewardship of a property, or be an involved community leader. Applications will be reviewed for applicant experience, connectedness within the community, special skills, and diversity.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Students Share Winter Break Experiences

Last month, ten Harvard students participated in Harvard Forest's third annual Winter Break Week. Highlights from the week are now available on a student-created Winter Break webpage, featuring student sketches, photography, and writings inspired by daily field activities.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium: March 19, 2013

The Harvard Forest 24th annual Ecology Symposium is next Tuesday, March 19th in the Fisher Museum.

Registration for the symposium is closed. Please contact Audrey Barker Plotkin ( with questions.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In Memoriam: Dottie Smith and Charles Henry Foster

We mourn the recent loss of two longtime associates of the Harvard Forest: Dorothy ('Dottie') Smith and Charles ('Henry') Foster.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Results from a 20-Year Soil Warming Experiment

New research out of the Harvard Forest, published today in Nature Climate Change, sheds new light on the unexpected ways soil microbes respond to climate change. According to the study, led by U. of New Hampshire scientist Serita Frey: as temperatures rise, soil microorganisms release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, creating a feedback loop that could exacerbate climate change in the future.  Luckily, these effects diminish over time.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Photography Exhibit Features Harvard Forest Scenes

A new exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography's gallery in Belmont, Massachusetts, features photos of the Harvard Forest taken over a two-year period by John Hirsch. The exhibit, "And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest", features a range of Harvard Forest experiments, scientists, and landscapes.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Harvard Forest at TEDx Beacon Street

Jim Levitt, Director of the Harvard Forest's Program on Conservation Innovation, recently presented an optimistic look at the future of land conservation in a lecture for the well-known TEDx series.

Monday, January 14, 2013

2nd Annual Mixed Models Workshop

Harvard Forest recently hosted a 5-day workshop for faculty and graduate students interested in learning to work with generalized linear mixed models, a statistical approach for estimating different kinds of variation in ecological processes.