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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.

Monday, December 17, 2012

'Science Nation' Features HF Carbon Research for PBS and Beyond

A new Science Nation video and special report by the National Science Foundation highlights long-term carbon research at the Harvard Forest, with interviews by Harvard Forest director David Foster and Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences research associate Bill Munger.

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.

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