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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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

International Conference: Solving Small-scale Forestry Issues

In an international conference co-organized by Harvard Forest researcher and University of Massachusetts professor David Kittredge, more than 90 specialists from 18 different countries convened at UMass Amherst in late September to share research results, identify future research themes, and discuss solutions inherent to small scale forests and forestry that can benefit landowners, society, and the global environment.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Harvard Forest Post-Doc Earns Prestigious Banting Fellowship

Greg Breed, a Harvard Forest post-doctoral fellow, has begun a 2-year fellowship at the University of Alberta to continue his research on butterfly population dynamics. Banting fellowships are granted by the Canadian federal government "to build world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier Canadian and international postdoctoral researchers at an internationally competitive level of funding."

Monday, October 1, 2012

MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Orientation and Trail Project at the Forest

Twenty MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members started their year of service this September with a four-day orientation at the Harvard Forest.  The MassLIFT (Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow) program, founded and led by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, trains and supports its members to sustain and often initiate conservation-related projects across Massachusetts.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Highlights from the 2012 Summer Research Program

32 undergraduate students spent summer 2012 at the Harvard Forest, hard at work with their mentors on research projects related to climate change, wildlife, water quality, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, and conservation. While most students participated as part of the Summer Research Program in Ecology, two students were Leadership Fellows from the SEEDS program of the Ecological Society of America.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Museum Series 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. 

September 19, 6:00pm
Forest Invaders! How Invasive Species are Reshaping the Wooded Landscape of New England
Panel discussion by Dave Orwig and David Foster

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Harvard Forest Welcomes New Bullard Fellows

The seven Charles Bullard fellows arriving at the Forest this fall will spend the academic year collaborating with Harvard researchers to investigate topics ranging from seed dispersal and biophysical modeling to sustainable forestry.

Learn more about this year's fellows.