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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. 

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. 

Sunday, July 1, 2007

A New Understanding of Subsurface Flow in Headwater Streams

In many headwater streams in stony north-central Massachusetts, much of the water flows below the surface of the ground instead of in an open channel. Harvard Forest researchers, including summer students working through the NSF-funded Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, compared water temperatures, chemistry, and aquatic life in surface and subsurface-flowing sections of Bigelow Brook-west, a small, hemlock-dominated headwater stream on the west side of Prospect Hill in Petersham, MA.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea

Elizabeth Farnsworth (Bullard Fellow, 2005-6) has published The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea, with co-authors, John CT River Boating Guideand Wendy Sinton. The Bullard Fellowship supported much of the research and writing for this book.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Bird Populations Respond to Climate Change, Land Use and Winter Feeding

Rosemary Balfour completed her Masters of Liberal Arts degree at Harvard in June working with thesis advisors David Foster and Wayne Petersen of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Rosemary's study utilized Christmas Bird Count data to examine the long-term trends in the abundance and composition of the bird populations that overwinter across the inland regions of Massachusetts.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Bob Marshall's Research Plots Recovered and Resampled

Bob Marshall with grad students

In the summer of 1924, Bob Marshall, future founder of the Wilderness Society and career forester and ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Indian Affairs came to Petersham to join four other graduate students for studies with Professor Richard Fisher and instructors Albert Cline and Rupe Gast. The group developed a large new experiment on the Tom Swamp tract to examine forest regeneration and dynamics following different logging treatments.

Friday, June 1, 2007

New Elemental Analyzer for John G. Torrey Laboratory

Harvard Forest has just acquired a new elemental analyzer for the John G. Torrey Nutrient Laboratory. Purchased with National Science Foundation LTER funding, the Elementar vario MICRO analyzer can be used for measurements of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. The new, user-friendly equipment is a nice complement to the Lachat 8500 autoanalyzer in the laboratory and is being used for a variety of ongoing projects requiring soil, plant tissue and foliar analyses.

Friday, June 1, 2007

New Harvard Forest Publications

Land-use History Effect on Forest Ecosystems

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