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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, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges (see 2015 research projects and 2014 student abstracts). Read student experiences from past summers on our blog.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 summer program.

2015 Summer Program Dates

Monday, May 25 - Friday, August 7, 2015

Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day and while the University is closed, this is the planned arrival date for students.  Staff will be on-site to greet you.  The program will begin on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:00am.


  • 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 6, 2015, 11:59PM EST.

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