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Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Conservation finance roundtable and white paper funded

James Levitt (director of Program on Conservation Innovation at Harvard Forest) and Wildlands and Woodlands CoverKathy Lambert (president of Ecologic) received a grant to host a roundtable of national leaders in the area of conservation finance in Spring 2006. The goal is to indentify potential mechanisms for funding an ambitious regional land protection effort like Wildlands and Woodlands.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Managing Hemlock Forests threatened by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Harvard Forest Ecologist David Orwig and Extension Forester David Kittredge from Managing Hemlock ForestsUmass-Amherst recently completed a fact sheet that reviews Hemlock Woolly Adelgid biology, silvicultural options, Best Management Practices, and considerations for making an informed decision about the future of hemlock stands.

Sunday, January 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Conservation Finance

Levitt, J.N. (ed.). 2005. From Walden to Wall Street: Frontiers of Conservation From Walden to Wall Street CoverFinance. Island Press and Lincoln Institute.

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Five-Year Grant Funded

Sarracenia purpurea

The Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation has recommended that Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison's proposal "Moths, ants, and carnivorous plants: the spatial dimension of species interactions" be funded, beginning March 1, 2006. The goal of this 5-year, $585,000 research project, is to understand how species interactions change the spatial distribution of dynamic habitat patches across the landscape, and to determine how food webs are structured within and among these patches.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Effect of Fire On Ant Assemblages

In this paper by PIs and graduate students at Humboldt State University, University of Vermont, University of Tennessee, and Harvard Forest, we examined environmental factors controlling species composition of ant assemblages in fens and forests of the Siskiyou Mountains. We were especially interested in the response of these ant assemblages to the Biscuit Fire of 2002, one of the largest wildfires (>200,000 ha) recorded in Oregon.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Loss of Foundation Species

This paper derived from an LTER cross-site workshop held at Harvard Forest Feb. 28-March 2, 2005. The workshop examined the responses of forest ecosystems to the loss of "foundation species" - single species that control population and community dynamics and modulate ecosystem processes. The workshop was supported by the LTER network office and included researchers from the Andrews, Baltimore, Coweeta, Hubbard Brook, Luquillo, and Harvard Forest LTER sites.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Harvard Forest in the Media

Schoolyard Group

Harvard Forest Schoolyard Science Project in Boston Globe

The Harvard Forest Schoolyard LTER program continues to grow and has recently made the news. One of the four research projects currently supported through our program (Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming) was featured in an article in The Boston Globe.

The HF Schoolyard web page was also recently updated. Project descriptions, research protocols, suggested reading, and actual data for each research project can be viewed here.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Carnivorous Plants & Insects

An overview of interactions between carnivorous plants and insects published in the magazine of the Xerces Society, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation. Jess Butler and Tony D'Amato came up with the title of the article. 

Ellison, A. M. 2005. Turning the tables: plants bite back. Wings, Fall 2005: 25-29.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow Revises Peterson's Field Guide

Revised by Elizabeth Farnsworth (Bullard Fellow) and Cheryl Lowe for the first time in 50 Peterson Field Guide To Ferns Coveryears, the new Peterson's Field Guide to the Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America introduces both amateur and professional plant enthusiasts to the ferns and related families of the northeastern United States.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Spatial Variation Essential In Predicting Landscape Change

Postdoctoral Fellow Robert McDonald examined deforestation patterns in the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan region over the last decade, building a set of models that enable prediction of patterns of deforestation into the near-term future. Different functional forms of the land-use change model are tested, and it is shown that having a model that allows for spatial variation in the rules of landscape change is crucial for accurate model estimation and inference.

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