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Friday, November 14, 2014

New Book Highlights Harvard's Conservation Innovation

Conservation Catalysts

A new book edited by James Levitt, Director of the Harvard Forest Program on Conservation Innovation, describes the strategic role that colleges and universities play in conserving land, water, and wildlife habitat around the world. The book was launched today in a special session at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Lynda Mapes and the 100-Year-Old Oak

Lynda Mapes at Harvard Forest

During her 12-month Bullard Fellowship at the Harvard Forest, veteran newspaper journalist and author Lynda Mapes is taking a deep, long look at one tree: a 100-year-old red oak.

Monday, November 3, 2014

New Research Helps Maple Syrup Producers Predict Season

maple syrup by Josh Rapp

A new study by Harvard Forest research affiliates Josh Rapp and Elizabeth Crone (Tufts University) used 17 years of data to identify which factors most impact maple syrup production each year. Their answer: autumn seed production.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eastern Newt Dynamics at the Harvard Forest

Red Eft by Brooks Mathewson

As hemlock-dominated forests decline due to the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), the abundance of red efts (the juvenile phase of the eastern newt) may also decline, reports a new study by Brooks Mathewson, a graduate of the Harvard Forest master's in forest science program.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Senior Ecologist: Neil Pederson

Neil Pederson

This fall, the Harvard Forest welcomed a new Senior Ecologist to our research staff: dendrochronologist Neil Pederson. Pederson comes to the Forest from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Tool for Analyzing Ecosystem Networks

enaR figure 1

A new paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, co-authored by Harvard Forest post-doctoral fellow Matthew Lau and collaborators at UNC-Wilmington, introduces a new toolkit for ecosystem analysis of complex systems, including food webs and insect mutualisms. The freely available software package, called enaR, was designed to integrate with existing packages in the p

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Workshop Launches Network to Connect Science with Land Conservation and Policy

At a lodge near Sebago Lake in southern Maine, 40 scientists, conservation leaders, and government agency officials will gather on October 28-29 to officially launch the Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network (S3 RCN). The S3 RCN is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the Harvard Forest to strengthen the connections between science and land-use decisions in the face of climate change.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Anthony D'Amato and the Forest that Follows a Hurricane

Anthony D'Amato, Associate Professor of Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology at the University of Minnesota - and a Harvard Bullard Fellow this year - first came to the Forest nearly 15 years ago as an undergraduate intern in our Summer Research Program.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Insights on Changing Hemlock Forests

Three recent studies co-authored by Harvard Forest ecologist David Orwig detail the impacts of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on forests, carbon, and the New England economy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New SPE Study: Power Plant Standards and Public Health

Carbon Co-Benefits study

On June 2, 2014, the EPA released the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Released today is part 2 of a 3-part study, in which Science Policy Exchange researchers analyze the impact of different policy options for power plant carbon standards on clean air and public health. 

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