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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. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Former Bullard Fellow Named Director of MBL Ecosystems Center

Christopher Neill, a recent Bullard Fellow and ongoing associate of the Harvard Forest, has been named Director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Lab (MBL), a Woods Hole-based organization with a founding connection to the Harvard Forest's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

'Immortal' Lichens in the New York Times

The New York Times recently featured ecologist Anne Pringle's research on the growth of decades-old lichens in a nearby Petersham cemetery. Understanding how lichens live, grow, and senesce may help Pringle and her research team redefine biological mortality as we know it.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Harvard Forest Post-doc Earns LTER Training Grant

Post-doctoral fellow Sydne Record has earned a grant from the Long-Term Ecological Research Network to help forge a new network for graduate students who are conducting socio-ecological research, a cutting-edge science that combines traditional ecology with the study of human societies to help solve complex sustainability, climate, and land-use questions.