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January 31, 2013

In Memoriam: Dottie Smith and Charles Henry Foster

Dorothy 'Dottie' Smith

We mourn the recent loss of two longtime associates of the Harvard Forest: Dorothy ('Dottie') Smith and Charles ('Henry') Foster.

Dottie Smith worked as Administrative Assistant at the Forest for 35 years until her retirement in 2003. Upon her retirement, Professor Barry Tomlinson, with whom she had worked closely, remembered her as an "ace secretary" and noted in a short poem,

January 20, 2013

Results from a 20-Year Soil Warming Experiment

Soil warming plots

New research out of the Harvard Forest, published today in Nature Climate Change, sheds new light on the unexpected ways soil microbes respond to climate change. According to the study, led by U. of New Hampshire scientist Serita Frey: as temperatures rise, soil microorganisms release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, creating a feedback loop that could exacerbate climate

January 18, 2013

Photography Exhibit Features Harvard Forest Scenes

soil sifting at Harvard Forest

A new exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography's gallery in Belmont, Massachusetts, features photos of the Harvard Forest taken over a two-year period by John Hirsch. The exhibit, "And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest", features a range of Harvard Forest experiments, scientists, and landscapes. It runs January 18 through March 24, 2013, with a

January 15, 2013

Harvard Forest at TEDx Beacon Street

Jim Levitt presenting in a lecture on TEDx series

Jim Levitt, Director of the Harvard Forest's Program on Conservation Innovation, recently presented an optimistic look at the future of land conservation in a lecture for the well-known TEDx series.

His talk, "Innovate to Meet the Challenge of Conservation," follows the line of influence from early conservation efforts in colonial Massachusetts to innovative conservation projects

January 14, 2013

2nd Annual Mixed Models Workshop

Harvard Forest hosting a workshop for faculty and graduate students

Harvard Forest recently hosted a 5-day workshop for faculty and graduate students interested in learning to work with generalized linear mixed models, a statistical approach for estimating different kinds of variation in ecological processes. 

Workshop participants included eight university professors--from the University of Massachusetts, Colby College, Clayton State University, University of South Carolina, University of Minnesota, Wilkes-Barre University and Adam Mickiewiscz

January 2, 2013

Former Bullard Fellow Named Director of MBL Ecosystems Center

Director of the Ecosystems Center at MBL: Christopher Neil

Christopher Neill, a recent Bullard Fellow and ongoing associate of the Harvard Forest, has been named Director of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Lab (MBL), a Woods Hole-based organization with a founding connection to the Harvard Forest's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. More than 40 years ago, MBL became one of the first scientific

January 2, 2013

'Immortal' Lichens in the New York Times

Close of picture of lichen being studied by ecologist Anne Pringle

The New York Times recently featured ecologist Anne Pringle's research on the growth of decades-old lichens in a nearby Petersham cemetery. Understanding how lichens live, grow, and senesce may help Pringle and her research team redefine biological mortality as we know it.