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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Dean Establishes Fund to Support FAS Courses Taught at Harvard Forest

The Forest is pleased to announce that FAS Dean Michael Smith has established a fund to support courses being taught at the Forest by FAS faculty. "The intent of the course is to reimburse the Forest for meals and lodging, thereby removing that financial constraint from department budgets so Cambridge-based courses will be encouraged to take advantage of educational opportunities at the Forest.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Water Use in Hemlocks and Oaks

Water Use by Oak versus Hemlock: Implications for Ecosystem-level Effects of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

CT Landscape

The nineteenth annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium will be held March 18, 2008 from 9:00am - 5:00pm at the Harvard Forest. This year's symposium will feature talks and discussion on: New England Landscape Response to Climate Change and Disturbance: Ecosystem Science Addressing Policy Concerns and The Future of Microbial Ecology at Harvard Forest.

Friday, February 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Mangrove Management Activities

In June 2006, Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison delivered the keynote address at the 2nd Meeting on the Mangrove Macrobenthos. Selected papers from this meeting have just been published in the Journal of Sea Research. In the lead paper, Ellison addresses mangrove management activities in the broader context of the diversity of animals such as crabs and prawns that depend on mangroves for substrate, food, and shelter and that also are exploited as human food sources.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Harvard Forest on NPR's Climate Connections

Dan Charles of National Public Radio produced a program aired on December 31, 2007. He captures the work being done here at Harvard forest and helps reveal to the listener the importance of the research. Listen to the story and watch the audio photo show.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Harvard Forest Schoolyard Students Give Presentation to the Mass. Secretary of Energy and the Environment

Schoolyard Presentation

Three sixth-grade students who participated in Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology projects in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, gave a presentation to Ian Bowles, Secretary of Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA). The students from the JR Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham shared their experiences in the field-based ecological research projects related to Vernal Pools, Leaf Phenology and the Hemlock Woolly Adeldgid. Fifth grade teacher, Kate Bennett, introduced the presentation along with Mary Marro of the Nashua River Watershed Association.

Friday, February 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Invasive Species Distribution and Historical Land Use

Despite the recognized importance of historical factors in controlling many native species distributions, few studies have incorporated historical landscape changes into models of invasive species distribution and abundance. We surveyed 159 currently forested sites for the occurrence and abundance of Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry), an invasive, non-native shrub in forests of the northeastern U.S., relative to modern environmental conditions, contemporary logging activity, and two periods of historical land use.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

LTER releases Decadal Science Plan

The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network,, has released its new Decadal Science Plan, which maps out the Network's science agenda for the next 10 years. Titled "Integrative Science for Society and the Environment(ISSE): A Plan for Research, Education, and Cyberinfrastructure in the U.S.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Participants win 2007 Teachers of the Year Awards

We are proud to announce that both the Massachusetts Audubon Society's and the Nashua River Watershed Association's 2007 Teacher of the Year awards were given to Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology participants!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Harvard Forest Policy Analyst Receives Award from the Society of American Foresters

The New England section of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) has announced that David Kittredge has been elected Fellow to the Society for 2007. SAF recognizes members who have provided outstanding contributions to the Society over a sustained period and have distinguished themselves in the forestry profession with the title Fellow. There are only 38 Fellows in New England (out of a membership of 1,100) and this includes notably Dave's major professor at Yale University, Dr. David M.