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August 4, 2020

Study: In a Warming World, New England’s Trees Are Storing More Carbon

Senior ecologist Audrey Barker Plotkin works with student researchers Collette Yee and Kate Eisen to measure trees in a long-term Harvard Forest study plot. Photo by Moshe Roberts.

A new study in Ecological Monographs synthesizes hundreds of thousands of carbon observations collected over the last quarter century at the Harvard Forest, following the complex stream of carbon through the forest's air, soil, plants, and water. The scope of the study - as well as its consistency of results - is unprecedented. 

The study reveals that the rate at

July 31, 2020

Harvard Forest makes a strong showing at ESA

Harvard Forest scientists and REU alumnae, and Harvard Forest’s site-based research are very well-represented at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (August 3-6). This year’s meeting is entirely virtual, with all oral talks and posters available on-demand throughout the week. This schedule gives titles and links to all the talks and posters; abstracts

July 29, 2020

Ongoing Debate: The Role of Climate Versus Fire in Shaping the Pre-European Landscape

HF researchers Wyatt Oswald and David Foster engaged in a lively exchange in the journal Nature Sustainability concerning their paper with Bryan Shuman, Elizabeth Chilton, Dianna Doucette, and Deena Duranleau, Conservation implications of limited Native American impacts in pre-contact New England.  The original article documented that climate rather than people was the predominant force shaping the forested southern New England landscape until

July 29, 2020

Alternative Scenarios for the New England Landscape

Scenario planning is a rigorous way of asking “what if?” and it can be a powerful tool for natural resource professionals preparing for the future of socioecological systems. Planners often engage with stakeholders to codesign alternative scenarios of land-use change to help plan for an uncertain future.  The collaborators working on the New England Landscape Futures (NELF) project published a

May 30, 2020

Harper's Features HF Research in Warming Soil

A vibrant feature in Harper's Magazine digs into the Forest's long-term soil warming experiment and the many climate questions scientists are exploring thereThe story was written by graduating Harvard senior Drew Pendergrass, who spent a day at Harvard Forest and many subsequent hours interviewing scientists as part of a Harvard science writing course taught by Michael

May 28, 2020

New Teaching Tool Guides Inquiry in Landscape Change

A college-level lesson plan that leverages long-term Harvard Forest data to explore the future of the New England landscape is now freely available for download and classroom use.

The teaching module, created by Harvard Forest Research Associate Meghan MacLean and piloted in her classroom at the University of Massachusetts, uses the New England Landscape Futures Explorer tool to help

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