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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Schoolyard Teacher Presents at National Conferences

Ashburnham public school teacher Katherine Bennett, long-time participant in the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program, presented her Harvard Forest science and education work at two national conferences this fall: the LTER All Scientists' tri-annual meeting in Colorado, and the American Geophysical Union's annual conference in California.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Defense Department Supports New Ecosystem Research

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has granted $2 million to Harvard Forest researchers Kristina Stinson (UMass Amherst) and Serita Frey (UNH) for a five-year study of how soil microbial communities respond to major ecosystem change.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Harvard Forest Archive Now Searchable Online

A new online catalog for the Harvard Forest Archive--the result of a year-long effort by Archive staff--allows users to search the thousands of maps, research files, samples, administrative records, photographs, and other visual materials available at the Forest. Some records have been digitized and can be viewed in high resolution online (including the photo here, of founding director Richard Fisher in a pine stand in 1908).

Monday, December 3, 2012

Applications Open: Summer and Winter Programs for Undergraduates

SUMMER: Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program, an opportunity for college students across the U.S. to participate in 11 weeks (May 20-August 2, 2013) of paid, independent research with mentors from Harvard and other leading institutions.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

"Nature Wars" Author to Speak at Fisher Museum

If you are among the more than four thousand drivers who will hit a deer today, or beavers have flooded your backyard, or bears have looted your bird feeders, then you won't want to miss Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds.

Join award-winning journalist and author Jim Sterba for a lecture and book signing on Wednesday, November 28, at 7pm in the Fisher Museum.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Forest Co-Hosts Tour of Farm Property

On November 3, the Harvard Forest and the Petersham Historical Society co-hosted a public open house for a farm property that Harvard Forest acquired in 2008. Visitors were able to tour the renovated Bryant farmhouse, get a closer look at the 1760s-era barn, meet contemporary members of the Bryant family, and learn about Harvard Forest's effort clearing the old pastures for small-scale farming and livestock. Horse-drawn wagon rides led by the head of the Harvard Forest Woods Crew carried visitors to further explore the property with local historians.

Monday, November 5, 2012

"Ants of New England" Book News and Events

How many of New England's 130 ant species can you name?
Over the next month, the recently released Field Guide to the Ants of New England, co-authored by HF senior ecologist Aaron Ellison, will be featured at a number of public events across the state.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Museum Events to Feature Harvard Forest Keynotes

A public event series at the Harvard Museum of Natural History will feature lectures by several Harvard Forest researchers this fall. 

November 15, 6:00pm
Woodlands and Waters, Forests and Faucets: A look at Massachusetts' woods, water bodies, and water supplies for the Boston metro area
Lecture by Betsy Colburn, aquatic ecologist

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Grant to Aid Research on Soil Microbe DNA

The Joint Genome Institute of the U.S. Department of Energy recently granted Harvard Forest researchers Jeffrey Blanchard (UMass), Kristen DeAngelis (UMass), Linda van Diepen (UNH), Serita Frey (UNH), and Jerry Melillo (MBL) a Community Sequencing Program award.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Study Offers Alternatives for Forest Management after Storms

A Harvard Forest study soon to be published in the journal Ecology highlights 20 years of data from a forest disrupted by a major hurricane simulation in 1990. Although post-storm management strategies generally involve removal of dead and damaged trees, the Ecology study suggests that forests recover more readily when they are left alone.

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