March 2021 update: Harvard Forest office buildings and the Fisher Museum remain closed to the public until further notice due to Covid-19.

But springtime forges ahead; please come enjoy our recreational trails! Please maintain proper social distance from those outside your group and wear a mask. 

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News & Highlights

April 15, 2021

4 Students Earn Graduate Research Awards; New Award Apps Due May 1

headshots of four graduate student research award winners (top left: Thomas Muratore; top right: Sophie Everbach; bottom left: Amanda Suzzi; bottom right: Nikhil Chari)

In fall 2020, four graduate students were selected to receive the first-ever Graduate Research Awards in the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Program. The awardees were selected based on the quality of their research proposals, and the potential of their projects to leverage existing HF LTER research and create new LTER collaborations.

Each student presented the results of their work

February 16, 2021

[Virtual] Harvard Forest Symposium, March 16-17

a scientist loops a transect measuring tape through a stake on the forest floor

Harvard Forest's annual Ecology Symposium will be held online on March 16 and 17 from 12:30-5:00 p.m. EDT.

Sessions will showcase research, education, and policy highlights from the Forest's Long-Term Ecological Research Program, now in its 32nd year.

 

 

January 15, 2021

2021 Summer Research Program (virtual)

Summer Research Program students stand in the woods looking at a row of orange mushrooms on a log

(January 15) Applications are open for the 2021 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program, which will be virtual and run from May 24 to August 6.

February 19 Update: the application period is now closed.

Undergraduates from all colleges and universities in the U.S. and territories are eligible to apply; applicants must be U.S. citizens or resident aliens. 

Program participants join a community

December 17, 2020

Documentary Features 30 Years of HF Long-Term Ecological Research

A dozen Harvard Forest scientists and a film crew stand in the snowy woods

A new documentary by Amy Li (Harvard College '20, Harvard Forest wintersession fellow '19) features 30 years of transformative science in the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Program, begun in 1988 and sustaining several of the world's longest-running forest climate change experiments.

Interviews by the program's founding and contemporary scientists, plus educators, research fellows, and students - interspersed by

December 17, 2020

Ecological Society of America Features Summer Program Alum Tiffany Carey

Tiffany Carey stands smiling on a city street

A new video by the SEEDS Program of the Ecological Society of America highlights the environmental career trajectory of Tiffany Carey, who participated in the Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in 2012 and is now Habitat and Education Coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center in Detroit. "I always try to find careers - whether I'm at the National

December 17, 2020

Old-Growth Study Reconstructs Southern NH Forests

Historical image of old-growth trees at Pisgah Forest in NH

A new study in The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society employs field data collected by Harvard graduate students nearly 100 years ago, providing a unique opportunity to reconstruct how forests in the region looked before Europeans arrived.

The work characterizes the composition, size distribution, recruitment history, and biomass conditions of old-growth forests in southern New England, centered on the

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