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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tracking Climate and Wildfire in the Klamath Region

Klamath fire

Thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation, over the next 4 years, HF senior ecologist Jonathan Thompson will study future changes to the increasingly wildfire-prone Klamath region of Oregon and California. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Thompson's research team will evaluate the potential for the 25-million-acre Klamath region to shift, through climate change and increased wildfire, from a high-biomass conifer forest to a low-carbon, shrub-dominated landscape.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Michael Knoblauch and Nutrient Transport in Trees

Phloem magnified - copyright American Society of Plant Biologists

Michael Knoblauch, a plant cell biologist from Washington State University, chose to come to the Harvard Forest as a Bullard Fellow because we had everything he needed to study nutrient transport in trees: "Mature trees of various species, scaffolding and a bucket truck, well-equipped labs, a quiet environment, accommodations - and," Knoblauch adds, "great people."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Long-Term Insights on Soil Carbon

Harvard Forest DIRT plot

Unraveling the complex functions of the soil ecosystem has been a research focus at the Harvard Forest for over 20 years.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Research Program Earns Diversity Award

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program 2014

The Organization of Biological Field Stations, representing more than 250 research centers around the globe, has granted the Harvard Forest its 2014 Human Diversity Award. The award highlights our Summer Research Program, now in its 25th year of training undergraduates from around the country in ecology and conservation.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Betsy Colburn on New England Water and Agriculture

Each month, we feature research by one of Harvard Forest's Charles Bullard Fellows. This September, aquatic ecologist and local small farmer Betsy Colburn will begin a fellowship that seeks to address the long-standing challenge of merging agriculture and watershed health: "How can we facilitate a dramatic expansion of New England agriculture that will provide good financial returns to farmers and also protect the region’s waters?"

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Manual to Aid Landowners in Land Monitoring

W&W Stewardship Science manual 2014

A new citizen science program via the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative allows anyone with access to forested land to follow a step-by-step manual to track changes in forest dynamics over time.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Celebrating 10 Years of Hands-On Science with Local Classrooms

Schoolyard Ecology students at work

This summer, the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program will celebrate 10 years of science education in 70 schools across New England. Each year, our program brings more than 3,500 students outside to collect and analyze field data in schools' backyards.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Study: Forests Are Storing More Carbon with Earlier Springs

Harvard Forest EMS tower

New research in Nature Climate Change, based on over 20 years of ground and air measurements at the Harvard Forest, gives new insight into the crucial climate benefits that eastern forests provide. As warming has brought earlier springs and later autumns to our region over the past 20 years, forest trees have been able to store as much as 26 million metric tons more carbon dioxide than before. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

New Report Builds on W&W, Calls Forests Key to Sustainability

NEFF Path to Sustainability report

A new report by the New England Forestry Foundation, "New England Forests: the Path to Sustainability," builds on Harvard Forest's 2010 Wildlands and Woodlands report, to highlight 12 benefits forests provide to the region and 5 specific actions that will protect those benefits for the future.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2014-2015 Charles Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2014-2015. The mission of 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. 

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