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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tracking Boston's 'Urban Metabolism'

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program student and mentors

Seventy percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions come from cities. As many cities rush to pursue new CO2 emissions goals, Harvard Forest collaborators at Boston University--Lucy Hutyra and Nathan Phillips--have developed an "urban metabolism" project to better understand CO2 in Boston and surrounding areas: where

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Look Inside Carnivorous Plants

pitcher plant by Rob Lilieholm

The complex system of aquatic life that resides inside a carnivorous northern pitcher plant is the subject of a new study by post-doctoral fellow Ben Baiser and senior ecologist Aaron Ellison. These tiny, wriggling organisms--mosquito larvae, mites, rotifers, and copepods--are crucial to the pitcher plant’s ability to process food.

Monday, March 25, 2013

New Research to Improve Climate and Species Models

Hemlock distribution

Harvard Forest research recently published in Global Ecology and Biogeography will improve scientists' ability to map future range shifts for plants and animals in a changing climate.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Exploring Ants on WBUR

Aaron Ellison describing ants

Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison, lead author of the new Field Guide to the Ants of New England, was recently interviewed by WBUR reporter Meghna Chakrabarti on a walk around Walden Pond. They scrutinized a few ants up close and discussed the many services ants contribute to our lives.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Results from a Long-term Study of Hemlock Loss

hemlock Harvard Forest

Eastern hemlock, a foundation species common in many local forest stands, is disappearing from the southern New England landscape. Its loss is due in part to the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, and in part to pre-emptive logging.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Database & Interactive Maps for K-12 Research

Student data collected for the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology program is now housed in a comprehensive online system developed by Information Manager Emery Boose with support from LTER.  The new database allows classrooms and the public to explore and graph data archived from all Schoolyard field sites (more than 100 schools) since 2004.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Insights on Species Invasions

garlic mustard Harvard Forest

Land managers rely on ecological research to predict whether non-native species might invade an area and what the consequences will be. But according to a new study by Bullard Fellow Martha Hoopes and colleagues, the factors used to predict whether a species will invade an ecosystem are not always useful for predicting how harmful the invasion will be.

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.