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November 1, 2010

First Phase of Mega-Plot Mapping Completed (30,000 stems!)

Tree measuring at mega-plot

This summer, ecologist Dave Orwig and a crew of 6 technicians established a new, 35-hectare (about 85 acres) research "mega-plot" on Harvard Forest's Prospect Hill. Over the course of 13 weeks, they measured, tagged, and mapped every woody plant stem greater than 1 cm diameter. In the end, a whopping 29,908 stems were analyzed. Work will resume next summer to

November 1, 2010

LTER graduate students gather at Harvard Forest

Seven graduate students representing the three LTER sites

On Saturday, October 9, seven graduate students representing the three LTER sites in New England (Harvard Forest, Hubbard Brook, and Plum Island Ecosystems) gathered at the Forest to share their research and tour field sites. 

The summit is scheduled occur each fall, rotating locations between the three sites. All graduate students and post-docs involved in research at a New England LTER

November 1, 2010

Summer Student Screens Film at Boston’s Museum of Science

The new documentary "Secrets of the Mud: The Hemlock Mystery," by 2010 HF Summer Program student Allison Gillette, was screened in early October at an event at the Museum of Science in Boston. Allison created the film with Emerson College professor and Harvard Forest researcher Wyatt Oswald during this summer's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. The

November 1, 2010

New Harvard Forest Publication: Ecological Change During the Holocene on Long Island

A sediment record from Wildwood Lake, Long Island, New York provides insight into past environmental and ecological changes in the northeastern US. Analyses of pollen, charcoal, and organic content reveal the history of climatic variations, fire, and pitch pine-scrub oak woodlands over the last 10,000 years.

Oswald, W.W., D.R. Foster, E. D. Doughty and D. MacDonald. 2010. A record

November 1, 2010

Freshman Seminar Instructors Win Teaching Award

At an awards reception on October 26, Harvard Forest research ecologists Kristina Stinson and David Orwig were awarded Certificates of Distinction in Teaching for their work with the Harvard Forest Freshman Seminar during the spring 2010 semester. These awards are granted biannually by Harvard University's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. 

November 1, 2010

Boston Globe features Wildlands and Woodlands initiative

Harvard Forest and the Wildlands and Woodlands project drew a feature story last month in the Boston Globe Magazine.