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Kathy Fallon Lambert - Science & Policy Integration Project Director

The Science and Policy Integration Project is directed by Kathy Fallon Lambert. Kathy specializes in the translation of ecosystem science for policy and conservation. At the Harvard Forest, Kathy has helped launch the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative and Future Scenarios of Landscape Change project. Previously, Kathy was the executive director of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) where she helped develop the Science Links program to bridge the gap between long-term biogeochemical research and related public policy. Over the past 15 years, Kathy has served as a consultant on science communications and policy with Harvard Forest, HBRF, Biodiversity Research Institute, Dartmouth College, Conservation Law Foundation, Climate Variability and Change Working Group of the Northeast Ecosystem Research Cooperative, and the National Science Foundation LTER network. She has co-authored several dozen peer-reviewed papers and reports. Kathy holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is a Switzer Fellow, Leopold Schepp Scholar and recipient of the U.S. EPA Environmental Merit Award.


David Foster - Harvard Forest Director

The senior scientific oversight for the Science and Policy Integration Project is provided by David Foster. David is an ecologist and author of Thoreau’s Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape, Forests in Time – The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England and Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape. He has been a faculty member in Biology at Harvard since 1983 and Director of the Harvard Forest, the University’s 3500-acre ecological laboratory and classroom, since 1990. David is the Principal Investigator for the Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and involving more than 100 scientists investigating the dynamics of New England landscape as a consequence of climate change, human activity, and natural processes. David has conducted studies in the boreal forests of Labrador, Sweden and Norway and the forests of Puerto Rico, the Yucatan, and Patagonia in addition to his primary research on landscape dynamics in New England. He serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, Trustees of Reservations, Choate School and Highstead Foundation. In 2010 David and colleagues developed Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region.


Clarisse Hart – Communications Manager

Critical communications support for the Science and Policy Integration Project is provided by Clarisse Hart. Clarisse’s primary career objective is translating scientific research for students, the public, news media, and decision-makers. She is also an ecologist, with research focused on arthropod food webs in forests and wetlands. She has an MFA in Nonfiction Writing & Publishing from Emerson College and a BA in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Previously she has worked as a research assistant and naturalist in the Gulf of Maine, an editorial assistant at The Atlantic, and an instructor of undergraduate research writing.


Contact us

Kathy Fallon Lambert, Project Director
Email: klambert01(at)
Telephone: 802-436-1000
Physical address: 324 North Main Street, Petersham, MA, 01366