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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Richard Hale Goodwin - Memorial Reflection

My first reflection on Dick's accomplishments is that his career and life were so diverse, so wide-reaching and so darn long that few people came to know more than even a small percentage of his greatness. An excerpt by David Foster, Director of Harvard Forest, former student and friend. Read the entire memorial reflection. 

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Renewable Energy at Harvard Forest

Harvard Forest solar panels

A new renewable energy source was recently commissioned at Harvard Forest. In mid-July 2007, Moss Hollow, LLC (Lunenburg, MA) completed installation of a 10KW solar array next to the new Facilities Barn. Support for this $100,000 project included grants from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Small Renewables Initiative and Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fund; the balance was covered by the HU Green Campus Loan Fund. In the three months since the array began functioning, the system has generated more than 4,000 kWh of electricity.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Fall Foliage - 2007

The photographs below show foliage color at the end of September in 2005, 2006, and 2007 at the edge of the pasture adjacent to the headquarters of the Harvard Forest. The following presentation shows the progression of foliage from 2005 thru 2007. 

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Large-scale Experiment at the Harvard Forest: Early Successional Habitat Dynamics in Former Plantations

The Harvard Forest plans to harvest about 100 acres of mature plantation forests in Winter 2007-2008 in order to terminate these Clearcut 16along term experiments, regenerate a diversity of native tree species, restore native forests to these sites, and initiate a new suite of long term experiments. For the next 10-15 years, the harvested areas will provide early successional habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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