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Saturday, July 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Moth Herbivory of Pitcher Plants

This paper summarizes the independent research project of 2004 Summer Research Program student Dan Atwater, in which he examined changes in the distribution of two noctuid moths that feed on pitcher plants at Tom Swamp. Large plants were preferentially attacked by larvae of Exyra fax but the pitcher-plant borer Papaipema appassionata was not so selective.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Analytic Web Modeling

Ecologists are interested in synthesizing a diverse array of complex datasets to address novel ecological questions, but Winter Walkupactually synthesizing datasets to produce reliable and reproducible results is a challenging task.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Ph.D. student Sydne Record receives Gilgut Fellowship

Sydne Record, a Ph.D. student in the Plant Biology program at the University of Massachusetts who is doing her dissertation research at the Harvard Forest with Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison, has received the 2006-2007 Gilgut Fellowship from the Plant Biology program. This fellowship provides a full year of stipend support and release from teaching so that Sydne can focus full-time on her disseration research on understory plants, ants, and ecosystem dynamics. 

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Professor Emeritus Receives Centennial Medallion Award

Harvard Forest Professor Emeritus P. Barry Tomlinson received the Botany Society of America's Centennial Medallion Award. Professor Barry TomlinsonThe award honors those who have make significant contributions to the advancement of the botanical sciences as well as contributions to the Botanical Society of America. 

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Spring Leaf Out - 2006

Spring May 22

The photographs in the following presentation document the changes in forest trees at the margin of the pasture, adjacent to the headquarters of the Harvard Forest. These photographs were taken during spring of 2006 by John O'Keefe, and show the timing of the leaf out and leaf development this spring.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Conservation & Harvesting In Massachusetts

Forest harvesting is an important, ongoing disturbance that affects the composition, structure, and ecological function of the majority of the world's forests. However, few studies have examined the interaction between land-use conversion and harvesting. Harvard Forest researchers utilized a unique, spatially explicit database of all cutting events and land-cover conversions for Massachusetts over the past 20 years to characterize the interactions between land-use conversion and harvesting, and their relationship to physical, social, and economic factors.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Undergraduate Research Experience Program Kicks Off

2006 REU Interns

22 summer students have arrived as part of the Harvard Forest summer research program in ecology. Students come from all over the United States to participate in on-going research projects including atmospheric pollution, global warming, hurricanes, treefalls, and insect outbreaks. Researchers come from many disciplines and institutions. Specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, wildlife biology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges. 

Monday, May 1, 2006

2006-2007 - Charles Bullard Fellowship Recipients

The Charles Bullard fellowship program is to support advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, administration or law. See the complete listing of Bullard Scholars from 1962 - the present. 

Monday, May 1, 2006

Invasive Plants in the News

HF research on invasive plants demonstrates critical evidence that a noxious alien weed causes ecological damage in the Garlic mustard invasionNortheast

Monday, May 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Identifying Types of Private Forest Ownership

Ecosystem-scale approaches to management in the eastern United States depend on the attitudes and behaviors of thousands of non-industrial private families and individuals whose ownership dominates landscapes. In Massachusetts, for example, it is estimated that the average ownership is 23 acres. Most ecosystem processes greatly exceed this very small average management unit. While there has been prior work on individual owner attitudes, there is little documented research exploring attitudes of owners towards cooperation at scales broader than their own properties.

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