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The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, wildlife dynamics, and species diversity. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, landscape modeling, and data provenance (see 2016 research projects and 2015 student abstracts). Read student experiences from past summers on our blog.

The online application system will open on December 7, 2015.

2016 Summer Program Dates

Monday, May 23 - Friday, August 5, 2016


  • Stipend of $5775 for the 11-week session
  • Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
  • Free full meal plan
  • Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Harvard Forest campus (federal grant restrictions apply)

Where is the Harvard Forest?

The Harvard Forest is located in the town of Petersham, in Western Massachusetts.

How to Apply

Application Deadline is Friday, February 5, 2016, 11:59PM EST.

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