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Current Bullard Recipients

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Harvard Forest is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Charles Bullard Fellows in Forest Research. The purpose of this Fellowship program, established in 1962, is to support advanced research and study by persons who show promise of making important contributions, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry defined in its broadest sense as the human use and study of forested environments.

Fellows are supported by an endowment named after the benefactor Charles Bullard. While in residence at Harvard, Fellows interact with faculty and students, give seminars, participate in conferences and symposia and avail themselves of the University's great research resources. Applications are accepted beginning October 1 for Bullard Fellowships for the following year.

"The Harvard community benefits immensely from the presence of the outstanding scholars and fellows supported by the Bullard program," says David R. Foster, director of Harvard Forest and chair of the Bullard Fellowship committee. "The breadth of research encompassed by this year's class of scholars is vast, ranging from sustainable forest management to computer science, from cell biology to reconstructions of past environmental change."

2018-2019 Charles Bullard Fellows

Timothy Cook, Research Associate Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will spend ten months at the Forest on a research project that seeks to understand the causes and impacts of Holocene climate and environmental change. His work will combine historical records, recent scientific data, and information from lake sediment cores to understand the influence of human activity and climate change on the New England landscape on timescales spanning thousands of years. As a Bullard Fellow, Timothy will collaborate chiefly with fellow Bullard Noah Snyder, HF Director David Foster, and HF research affiliate Wyatt Oswald.

Linda Deegan, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, studies how human land use and climate change control the function of aquatic ecosystems. During her six-month Bullard Fellowship, she will work on a number of projects: synthesizing into journal articles her stream ecology research from the Arctic and the tropics, and a new project assessing the impacts of hemlock woolly adelgid invasion on nutrient cycling in streams.

Susan Masino, Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College, is a neuroscientist who will spend her Bullard Fellowship on a systematic review of the literature linking forests with brain health, and will convene a conference on the topic. Her work will fill a knowledge gap and serve an interdisciplinary audience of scientists, clinicians, and policy experts.

Justin Maxwell, Associate Professor from Indiana University—Bloomington, will spend nine months at the Forest examining species-specific drought response in eastern US trees. His primary collaborator is HF Senior Ecologist Neil Pederson.

Robin Sears, who most recently was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Forestry at Hampshire College, will use her 8-month fellowship to bring lessons from New England's small-scale forestry industry abroad. Working with collaborators in the Wildlands and Woodlands network and elsewhere, she'll study the science-policy nexus on forestry in New England, and extension services available to small-scale forest owners, to write a white paper to discuss among Peru's forest stakeholders and develop research proposals on forest ecology and management.

Thomas Sherry is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University and President Elect of the American Ornithological Society. He studies bird population and community ecology, tropical ecology and evolutionary biology, and conservation, and will spend his 6 month fellowship at Harvard Forest writing synthesis papers and working on a book that integrates ecological and evolutionary approaches to competition and community structure.

Noah Snyder, an Associate Professor of Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College, studies fluvial geomorphology, responses of rivers to land-use, climate and tectonic change, and remote sensing. He will spend 10 months at the Forest using lake sediment cores to understand the influence of land-use and climate change on New England watersheds over thousands of years. Noah will collaborate primarily with fellow Bullard Tim Cook, HF Director David Foster, and HF research affiliate Wyatt Oswald.