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News & Highlights

June 18, 2024

Inaugural Schoolyard Ecology Data Jam Showcases K-12 Projects

Image shows students reviewing a poster at Harvard Forest's 2024 Data Jam. Photo by student Ava Rubin.

On Thursday, June 6th, four classes that participate in our Schoolyard Ecology program gathered to share their learning from the year in an interactive and creative way at our first ever "data jam!" Including vibrant displays that showcased their work with long-term data collected by students, fifth graders taught high school participants about the phenology of their trees

June 6, 2024

**NOTE NEW DATE**: Join us on June 15 for BUG OUT: An Insect Adventure!

Image shows an event flyer with insect art and event details which are outlined below.

**NOTE: Due to weather, this event has been moved to Saturday, June 15**

SATURDAY, June 15th 6:30-9:30
Meet the Fisher Museum
324 N Main St, Petersham, MA 01366

Come join us at the Harvard Forest for an insect* adventure! This event is FREE and all are welcome. There will be activities for all ages including a bug

June 5, 2024

Summer Research Program in Ecology Welcomes 20 Students in its 31st Year

Interns participating in the 2024 Summer Research Program in Ecology stand outside on Harvard Forest's campus.

Harvard Forest has commenced its 31st annual Summer Research Program in Ecology (SRPE), welcoming 20 students from 13 colleges nationwide. Research inquiries are guided by 25 researchers from institutions such as Harvard Forest, UMass Amherst, and the City University of New York - Hunter.

 Four primary research projects include numerous sub-projects that interns collaboratively advance with mentors. They include:

  • Hemlock, Oak,
May 16, 2024

Bullard Spotlight: Meghan Blumstein on Forest Genomics and Climate Change

Image shows Blumstein collecting a tree core from an oak.

Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research for the 2023-2024 academic year, Meghan Blumstein’s interdisciplinary work at Harvard Forest aims to understand how temperate and boreal forests will respond to predicted global changes. During her Fellowship, Blumstein, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Architecture at the University of Virginia, has been investigating the adaptive capacity of northern red oak, integrating

May 15, 2024

New Forest and Biodiversity Experiment at Harvard Farm

Image shows Juan Ramírez-Lerma and José Antonio Guzmán Quesada drilling holes in the soil.

Led by Jeannine Cavender-Bares – a new faculty member at the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and incoming director of the Harvard University Herbaria – the new “Forest and Biodiversity at the Harvard Forest” ("FAB") experiment will examine how forest diversity and introduced pests and pathogens affect forest function.

The research will incorporate phylogenetic diversity, or the evolutionary

May 8, 2024

Harvard Forest Staff Honored With University Awards

Image shows awardees from left to right: Meg Fuchs, Katharine Hinkle, and Alisha Morin.

This spring, three Harvard Forest staff members have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Harvard Forest and greater Harvard University community. For their dedication and impactful contributions, Alisha Morin and Katharine Hinkle have been honored as 2024 Harvard Heroes, and for her exceptional leadership, Meg Fuchs has been honored with the 2024 Dean's Distinction

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Wildlife Montage - February 2016
Deer Browsing
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Wildlife Trail Cameras at Harvard Forest - Feb/March 2016
Turkey with Young Grazing
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Harvard Farm North
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Hemlock Tower NE
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NEON Bottom of Tower
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Witness Tree
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Barn Tower 2
Barn Tower 2
EMS Tower 2
EMS Tower 2
Below Canopy
Below Canopy
Hemlock Tower SW
Hemlock Tower SW
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EMS Tower
Barn Tower
Barn Tower
Neon Top of Tower
Neon Top of Tower

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1. Temperature & Humidity
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6. Wetland Water Level
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Events at Harvard Forest

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