On the blog for the HF Summer Research Program in Ecology, our students describe their 11-week summer experience in their own words. Blog features include research project profiles, weekend excursion reports, and updates from program alumni.
Scientists at the Harvard Forest are trying to answer a question that is now more than 100 years old: how did the 11 different species of North American pitcher plant evolve? A new paper by Research Fellow Wyatt Oswald, Research Assistant Elaine Doughty, former Bullard Fellows Gidi and Rina Ne'eman, and Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison, adds new insight to the relationships between these 11 species by showing differences in the shape and size of the plants' pollen. Read more > about Pitcher Plants in their Evolutionary Context
Recent Harvard Forest post-doc Jim Karagatzides has published two papers based on his research with Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison. In the first, using stable isotope tracers in the field, Jim showed that Sarracenia purpurea can acquire nitrogen directly from amino acids, bypassing the inorganic nitrogen cycle on which most plants depend for their primary nutrient. Read more > about Pitcher plants in the presses and on the road