September 2021 update: Harvard Forest office buildings and the Fisher Museum remain closed to the public until further notice due to Covid-19. But the seasons continue to change and it's beautiful here; please come enjoy our recreational trails! Please maintain proper social distance from those outside your group.

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January 19, 2022

Study Tracks Seasonal Growth and Water Shortage in Trees

HF scientists and students work together to core hemlock saplings.

By Anna Christensen

A paper published this past summer in Tree Physiology finds that tree species of varying wood-porosity experience peak growth at different times of the year, exposing some species to more intense water shortages than others.

The wood-porosity of a tree refers to the structure of its vessels—pipelines within the trunk that carry sap throughout the tree.

Some trees such as

January 7, 2022

Study Reveals Impact of Colonial Land Use on Current Forest Composition

Figures from the ForestGEO paper in PeerJ, showing colonial land use

By Anna Christensen

A study just published in PeerJ Life and Environment examines how anthropogenic and natural disturbances from past decades, and even centuries, affect the spatial and species composition of woody plants within a forest plot.

Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist David Orwig and collaborators (Jason Aylward, Hannah Buckley, Bradley Case, and Aaron Ellison) utilized the data from the first

December 9, 2021

Applications Open: 2022 Summer Research Program in Ecology

Summer Research Program student Kyle Wyche measures soil respiration with mentor Tim Rademacher.

Harvard Forest is now accepting applications for its 2022 Summer Research Program in Ecology -- a paid, 11-week, immersive research internship for undergraduates from 2- and 4-year institutions in the U.S. and territories.

Applications are due by February 4, 2022.

November 19, 2021

Bullard Fellowship Applications Due 12/15

Applications are due December 15 for 2022-2023 Charles Bullard Fellowships in Forest Research - 6 to 12-month fellowships for mid-career professionals who can make an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects including biology, earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, philosophy, humanities, the arts, or law.

"Bullard Fellows are a vital and dynamic part of the Harvard Forest

November 17, 2021

Apps Open: Wintersession Internships for Harvard Students

4 Harvard students stand on top of a Harvard Forest research tower in winter

Applications for the 2022 program are now closed.

Three, paid winter internship opportunities for Harvard students (graduate and undergraduate) will bring a group of interns to the Forest in January 2022 to 1) explore data results and create data visualizations of U.S. forest cover, 2) advance regional land goals led by Indigenous community partners, and 3) contribute to a variety of

October 26, 2021

Urban-to-Rural Study Reveals High Methane Emissions in Boston

An eddy-flux tower amid a green forest canopy

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that methane emissions in Boston are 6 times higher than previous estimates, and deeply undercounted in state calculations. 

The study, by Harvard Forest research collaborators Lucy HutyraSteve Wofsy and colleagues, used long-term methane data from Harvard Forest as a rural benchmark for analyzing Boston methane data.

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