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April 24, 2013

"Ants of New England" Tops Book Society List

Field Guide to the Ants of New England

Senior ecologist Aaron Ellison's Field Guide to the Ants of New England has been named one of 4 winners of the 2013 New England Society (NES) Book Awards. The awards honor books of merit that celebrate New England and its culture.

In a press release, NES Book Awards Committee Chair Caroline Camougis stated, “The 2013

April 24, 2013

Advancing Community Leadership in Forest Conservation

Keystone Cooperators 2013

Twenty-five forest landowners and community leaders recently braved icy April weather to attend a three-day workshop at the Harvard Forest as part of the 24th annual Keystone Project. The Keystone Project training, led by Paul Catanzaro from UMass Extension and Dave Kittredge from the UMass Department of Environmental Conservation, covers topics including forest ecology and management, wildlife

April 22, 2013

Pitcher Plants as Models for Ecosystem Change

Lily pond

An innovative new study led by HF senior ecologist Aaron Ellison and Summer Research Program student Jennie Sirota was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The NSF-funded study investigated the factors that cause some lakes and ponds to shift from a clear, oxygen-rich state to an irreversible green sludge. Those green ponds have

April 22, 2013

Harvard Forest Artist Receives Grand Prize

Chelsea collecting leaves, by John Hirsch

Photographs of the Harvard Forest by artist John Hirsch have won the Grand Prize for Photo Portfolio in the Maine Media Workshop’s “Spirit of Place” contest. More than 3,800 images were submitted to the competition from artists around the world.  Hirsch’s contest prizes include a special exhibition at the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport.


April 5, 2013

Harvard Forest Purchases Petersham Country Club Land

Petersham Country Club - winter

The Petersham Country Club property was officially purchased by the Harvard Forest today, nine months after Country Club leaders initially approached the Harvard Forest with an offer to sell. 

The Petersham Country Club first opened in 1924. The director of the Harvard Forest at the time, Richard Fisher, and his wife Georgina were founding members along with many Petersham residents and

April 4, 2013

Tracking Boston's 'Urban Metabolism'

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program student and mentors

Seventy percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions come from cities. As many cities rush to pursue new CO2 emissions goals, Harvard Forest collaborators at Boston University--Lucy Hutyra and Nathan Phillips--have developed an "urban metabolism" project to better understand CO2 in Boston and surrounding areas: where is carbon emitted? how is carbon stored? and what

April 1, 2013

A Look Inside Carnivorous Plants

pitcher plant by Rob Lilieholm

The complex system of aquatic life that resides inside a carnivorous northern pitcher plant is the subject of a new study by post-doctoral fellow Ben Baiser and senior ecologist Aaron Ellison. These tiny, wriggling organisms--mosquito larvae, mites, rotifers, and copepods--are crucial to the pitcher plant’s ability to process food. They create a sort of ‘processing chain’ to