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August 29, 2012

Special Exhibit "First Contact" to Open Sept. 23

Image from First Contact taken at Harvard Forest

Through digital projections, landscape photography, high-definition video, and forest audio recordings taken at the Harvard Forest, overlaid with historical voiceover texts and music, First Contact will immerse visitors in the experience of 17th century peoples as they struggled to reconcile opposing notions about land use.

The multimedia exhibit will open in the Fisher

August 19, 2012

New Study: Massachusetts Butterflies Responding to Climate Change

The Giant Swallowtail butterfly on a purple flower

A partnership between Harvard Forest scientists Greg Breed, Elizabeth Crone, and Sharon Stichter of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club has led to a new study in Nature Climate Change.

The researchers analyzed 19 years of data from nearly 20,000 trip accounts logged by the butterfly club's amateur naturalists. The resulting data show strong shifts

August 15, 2012

Scientist Awarded Medal for Distinguished Career

Steve Wofsy

We heartily congratulate Steve Wofsy--Harvard faculty member in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and longtime research associate at the Harvard Forest--who has received the Roger Revelle Medal from the American Geophysical Union. The award is given to one scientist annually "for outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate, or related

August 15, 2012

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Research on NPR

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid feeding

Northeast Public Radio recently interviewed forest ecologist Dave Orwig about the expansion of hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect, into southern Vermont. The adelgid was first found in Virginia in the 1950s, then Massachusetts in 1989, and has continued to move north since then.

August 15, 2012

Early Warnings for Ecological Tipping Points

Wetland with trees in the background showing fall foliage

A new paper co-authored by HF senior ecologist Aaron Ellison explores early-warning detection signaling in systems undergoing rapid change. As ecosystems approach critical thresholds, scientists can choose a number of different methods to detect early warning signs. The authors recommend combining these methods to avoid false alarms or missed signals. Their results can be applied in a

August 30, 2012

W&W Initiative and Highstead Seek Communications Director

Board walk at Harvard Forest during the spring

Highstead, a regional non-profit based in Redding, Connecticut, and a strong partner with Harvard Forest in advancing the Wildlands and Woodlands (W&W) initiative, is seeking a highly skilled, motivated and outgoing individual to develop and implement a comprehensive outreach and communications plan for the New England-wide Wildlands and Woodlands initiative. The Communications Director will also oversee related