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Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Study: Ecosystem Hotspots Increasing in Mass.

All land is not created equal.  Ecosystem "hotspots" do triple duty in the benefits they provide to society. A new study published today in the

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

40-Year Study Reveals New Insights on Carbon

The middle-aged forests of the East Coast may not look like carbon-storing powerhouses. But New England forests take in enough carbon each year to offset nearly half the region's household carbon dioxide emissions. A new study by HF ecologist Audrey Barker-Plotkin and Summer Research Program alumna Kate Eisen explores how trees are getting the job done.

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Study: Benefits of Carbon Emissions Standards

A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that states can gain large clean air and public health benefits from power plant carbon standards.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Keystone Conservation Leaders Trained at Harvard Forest

Keystone Project class of 2015

More than 450 Massachusetts community members have completed the 3-day training workshop for the Keystone Project, held each spring at the Harvard Forest. This month, a class of 24 joined their ranks.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sensor Networks and the Arrival of Spring

Harvard Forest stream weir

The field wireless network at Harvard Forest was recently expanded to enable (near-) real-time data from four stream gages, two wetland gages, and a snow pillow. Data from these stations and the Fisher Meteorological Station are collected, processed, and uploaded to our website every 15 minutes along with 30-day graphs of selected variables.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bullard Spotlight: Wyatt Oswald on Reconstructing Past Environmental Change

Oswald and Day at hemlock hollow

Bullard Fellow Wyatt Oswald, an Associate Professor of Science at Emerson College in Boston, has been affiliated with the Harvard Forest for more than a decade. Working closely with Harvard Forest collaborators David Foster and Elaine Doughty, he analyzes lake-sediment cores to reconstruct past environmental changes.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

International Scholars in Residence at Harvard Forest

In April, 4 international visitors from 3 continents arrived to conduct research at the Forest in collaboration with HF ecologists Aaron Ellison and Audrey Barker-Plotkin, and Director of Conservation Innovation, Jim Levitt.

Monday, March 23, 2015

HF Director to Address Forest Futures at Regional Symposium

On March 26, HF Director David Foster will join other noted scientists to discuss "Climate Change and the Future of Plant Life" in a regional symposium hosted by the New England Wild Flower Society.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Harvard's 'Wired' Forest Featured

Harvard Forest barn tower

The latest issue of IEEE Spectrum Magazine features, in layman's terms, the ins and outs of Harvard Forest's high-tech research infrastructure. Describing our myriad long-term ecological research experiments, writer Mark Harris quips, "If a tree falls in the Harvard Forest, rest assured that a gadget is positioned to hear it."

Friday, March 6, 2015

'Scenarios to Simulation' Workshop Explores Regional Landscape Change

Last month, as part of the Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network (S3 RCN), the Harvard Forest and the Science Policy Exchange collaborated with Dartmouth College to help convene a unique land-change workshop, "Scenarios to Simulations."