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Current Bullard Fellowship Recipients

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Harvard Forest is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 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 September 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."

2020-2021 Charles Bullard Fellows

Patrick Baker, Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology at the University of Melbourne, will spend his six-month fellowship in close collaboration with Senior Ecologist Neil Pederson, writing a new edition of Oliver and Larson's Forest Stand Dynamics and exploring how the forest stand dynamics framework can help anticipate the impacts of global change on forests.

Nancy Johnson is Regents' Professor and Director of the School of Earth & Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. During her nine-month fellowship, she will study the influence of long-term fertilizer trials on the microbiomes associated with plant roots and mycorrhizal fungi. Her collaborative work will include work with long-time Harvard Forest LTER colleagues Serita Frey and Kristen DeAngelis, as well as Colleen Cavanaugh and Michael Desai from Harvard University.

Thomas Rawinski, a botanist with the USDA Forest Service, will spend nine months compiling information on white-tailed deer overabundance and preparing a manuscript that explores many aspects of this issue around the United States. This work will be done in collaboration with HF Senior Ecologist David Orwig.

Robert Saul, Domestic Agriculture & Forestry Manager, Farmer, and CEO of Shearwell, LLC, will spend his 8-month fellowship working with HF Senior Ecologist Jonathan Thompson, exploring the ways that the definition of "fiduciary responsibility" might evolve during an era of climate emergency.