How might your local landscape change in 40 years?

An interactive map tool built by scientists in the Thompson Lab explores five possible futures for New England, viewable in high resolution at 10-year time steps. A companion story map outlines the kinds of questions the tool can answer, and builds context for the years of research and contributions by 100+ local stakeholders that led to the final product.

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June 18, 2019

2019-2020 Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2019-2020. The mission of the Bullard Fellowship Program is to support advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution--either as scholars or administrators--to forestry and forest-related subjects, from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, law, and the arts and humanities. 

June 10, 2019

New Grant: Gypsy Moth, Carbon Storage, and Tree Mortality

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A Harvard Forest-led research team has received a $99,000 Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the factors underlying widespread oak tree mortality across southern New England in the wake of an ongoing, multi-year outbreak of invasive gypsy moth. 

It has been more than thirty years since gypsy moth has caused such a high level of tree

May 29, 2019

HF Scientists Featured in "Poetry in America" Course for Teachers

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This spring, 194 K-12 teachers from around the nation enrolled in an online course featuring three Harvard Forest ecologists discussing poems related to their research. The online course is part of the Poetry in America project, created and directed by Harvard professor Elisa New -- a public television series and multi-platform digital initiative that brings poetry into classrooms

May 20, 2019

HF Graduate Students Earn Plant Biology Research Awards

Two Harvard Forest-affiliated graduate students have won research awards from the New England Botanical Club, to support their proposals to study the impacts of global change on garlic mustard invasions and the survival and diversity of native trees.

April 4, 2019

Bullard Spotlight: Tom Sherry on the Evolution of Bird Communities

Charles Bullard Fellow Thomas Sherry, who studies terrestrial bird migration, community structure, and conservation at Tulane University in New Orleans, used his six-month residency at the Forest to begin a book on the co-evolution and community-driven specialization of tropical birds and insects.

His unique integration of evolutionary approaches with ecological processes like predator-prey interactions and interspecific competition has led to

March 26, 2019

Study: Land Conservation Boosts Local Economies

Land conservation modestly increases employment rates, a traditional indicator of economic growth, according to a new study of New England cities and towns, led by scientists at Harvard Forest, Amherst College, Highstead, and Boston University.

The study, published in Conservation Biology, is the first of its kind, estimating the local net impacts of both private and public land conservation

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