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Monday, October 1, 2007

New Harvard Forest Publications

The analysis of stomata in lake-sediment cores is increasingly used as a paleoecological tool. Stomata are less likely than pollen grains to be dispersed over long distances, and thus stomate records supplement and enhance interpretations based on pollen data by providing information about patterns and composition of local vegetation. We have conducted the first study of this type in New England, analyzing conifer stomata in the late-glacial and early-Holocene sediments of Berry Pond, Massachusetts.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

New Harvard Forest Publication: Fire Impact on Ant Communities

Harvard Forest Senior Research Fellow Aaron Ellison and colleagues at the University of Tennessee, University of Vermont, and Humbold State University examined patterns of co-occurrence of ant species in forests and wetlands in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon and California that were burned by the Biscuit Fire in 2001. They found that the "assembly rules" acting on these ant communities varied with scale and across years, but there were no long-lasting effects of this large fire.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Plant Physiology Lab Renovated

Harvard Forest, with the assistance of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and an anonymous donor, recently REU Holbrook Labcompleted renovation of a plant physiology lab in Shaler Hall. The renovated lab will be used by undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and Harvard Forest and visiting researchers. N. Michelle (Missy) Holbrook, Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry, (OEB) and P. Barry Tomlinson, E. C.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Harvard Forest Researcher Interviewed

Harvard Forest senior research fellow Aaron Ellison was interviewed for BBC Wildlife Magazine about his research on carnivorous plants. Read the interview. 

Saturday, September 1, 2007

New Harvard Forest Publication: Natural History from Rarely Studied Hardwood Trees

Tree-ring research has made significant contributions to the understanding of environmental change and forest stand dynamics. Its application to understanding natural history, however, has been limited. Recent tree-ring data from several rarely studied hardwood species collected by Niel Pederson, Tony D'Amato, and David Orwig have yielded ages well beyond maximum expectations.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Advanced Undergraduate Research Course Offered

David Foster, Missy Holbrook, Kathleen Donohue and Kristina Stinson will offer a new, advanced research course for Harvard undergraduates this fall. This unique peer learning/workshop format provides formal training to students actively engaged in the research process. Students will develop publications, presentations, senior theses, and/or interdisciplinary collaborations from current or recent field research activities.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Harvard Forest Summer Institute for Teachers Attendance Doubles

36 Teachers and Environmental Educators participated in this year's Harvard Forest Summer in Ecology - Summer Institute for Teachers. 2007 Summer Institute for TeachersThirty-three K-12 teachers from throughout Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire came to HF to learn directly from Forest Ecologists, Dr. David Orwig and Dr. John O'Keefe.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Richard Goodwin - Botanist, Conservationist and Friend

Dick Goodwin was many things: a dedicated professor of botany who inspired generations of Connecticut College students and guided them into the world of plants, people and their ecology; a conservation visionary who helped to found The Nature Conservancy and who for more than five decades served as president of the Conservation Research Foundation, which provides "seed monies" for new conservation studies and projects worldwide; and an inspirational individual who lived life fully and gracefully with his wife Esther and committed his energies to applying what he preached.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

65 year-old Fingerprints from 1938 Hurricane found in Remotely-Sensed Data

Analyzing airborne LiDAR (i.e., laser remote sensing) data acquired by NASA in 2003, researchers found differences in measures of Prospect Hill Canopy Height Mapcanopy structure in stands across the Prospect Hill tract at Harvard Forest. Canopy height and vertical diversity were related to the predominant species present and the intensity of wind disturbance from the 1938 hurricane and associated timber extraction efforts.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

A Guide for Interpreting Historical Materials

Emery Boose, Information Manager at Harvard Forest, co-authored Scholastic Sanskrit: A Manual for Students. This volume gives a complete introduction to the techniques and procedures of Sanskrit commentaries, including detailed information on the overall structure of running commentaries, the standard formulas of analysis of complex grammatical forms, and the most important elements of commentarial style. 

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