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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 in autumn for Bullard Fellowships for the following year.

Describing the role of Bullard Fellows at Harvard, Missy Holbrook, Director of the Harvard Forest, explains, "Bullard Fellows are a vital and dynamic part of the Harvard Forest community. Their work is propelled by the important role forests play in the carbon cycle, in sustaining biodiversity, and in supporting human livelihoods. Over the past fifty years, Bullard collaborations have forged new paths of inquiry here at Harvard Forest and in nearly every corner of Harvard University. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of Bullard Fellows who will work with us to advance our understanding of how forests can contribute to solving some of humanity's most pressing environmental challenges.”


2021-2022 Charles Bullard Fellows

Christian Marks, who teaches in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will spend his 12-month fellowship investigating the tradeoffs between the hydraulic and mechanical functions that govern wood density. He will primarily be working in collaboration with HF Director Missy Holbrook.

Brian Sturtevant is a research ecologist with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station. In his 8-month fellowship, he will collaborate with Jonathan Thompson to evaluate and validate the ability of a forest landscape model to simulate key processes governing forest system response to partial disturbances.

Pamela Templer, a Professor of Biology at Boston University, will spend her 12-month fellowship investigating controls on carbon sequestration in mixed temperate and northern hardwood forests of New England and engaging in new collaborative research. Pamela is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and was recently awarded the Boston University Provost's Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award.

Rakefet David-Schwartz, a researcher at ARO, Volcani Center, Israel, will spend her 12-month fellowship using molecular tools to analyze the trade-offs between viscosity and turgor during drought stress in the phloem of forest trees. Her primary collaborator is Missy Holbrook.