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December 6, 2018

New Study Makes 52 Million Tree Records More Accessible to Science

The world's primary archive of tree ring data, which holds more than 52 million cost-free records spanning 8,000 years of history, has gotten a makeover by scientists from four countries committed to making science more accessible.

The co-authors report in the Journal of Biogeography that the International Tree‐Ring Data Bank, developed in 1974 and populated by hundreds of contributing

November 19, 2018

16 Giant Viruses New to Science Unexpectedly Found in Harvard Forest Soils

A study released today in Nature Communications by biologists at the University of Massachusetts, the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (JGI), and Stanford University reports on the discovery of 16 giant viruses never before seen by science, all found in one small soil sample in the woods at Harvard Forest.

The soil sample - a

November 10, 2018

Applications Open: Mid-Career Fellowship Program

The Charles Bullard Fellowship program supports 6 to 12 months of advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forest-related subjects including biology, earth sciences, conservation, economics, politics, humanities, the arts, or law.

Applications for 2019-2020 are open through January 15, 2019.

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November 1, 2018

Public Exhibits Merge Data, Science Communication, & Design

Warming Warning Exhibit

Two art exhibits on view now at Harvard Forest and Harvard University are bringing pressing science issues to the fore and promoting public discussions about future change.

Both exhibits were co-created in a unique collaboration by 2016-2017 Bullard Fellow David Buckley Borden and HF Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison.

Hemlock Hospice is an 18-piece sculpture exhibit embedded in a long-term research area

September 12, 2018

Bullard Spotlight: Noah Charney on What Shapes a Landscape

Bullard Fellow Noah Charney spent his year-long fellowship at the Forest working on a book to engage general audiences with multi-layered stories of nature. Centered around photographs of real field sites, the book weaves personal narratives together with the clues visible in the images to reconstruct underlying ecological processes. His intention is for readers to think about how geology,

September 8, 2018

Museum Event: How Past Disasters Can Inform Climate Action

For thousands of years, humans have faced environmental challenges – floods, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and more. On September 25 in the Fisher Museum, Colorado-based geologist and science educator Lisa Gardiner will show how lessons from past disasters can help us face climate change--an issue she calls “the catastrophe of our time.”

Gardiner's new book, Tales from

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