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April 24, 2014

LANDIS-II Workshop Attracts International Researchers

LANDIS-II training

This month, Harvard Forest hosted a three-day training workshop for landscape ecologists interested in learning how to use the LANDIS-II forest simulation model. Attendees traveled to Petersham from the University of Vermont, University of Maine, University of Montreal, University of Quebec, and Bournemouth University (UK). The class was taught by Harvard Forest senior ecologist Jonathan Thompson and

April 21, 2014

Earth Day of the Future: NSF Features Long-Term Research

A green landscape above the canopy

This winter, Harvard Forest's Changes to the Land report was one of six research studies featured in the National Science Foundation's 2014 mini-symposium on Long-Term Ecological Research. These studies have now been highlighted for Earth Day in a new NSF Discovery article on cutting-edge research into the coming decades of environmental change.

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April 15, 2014

Study: Climate Legacy in Eastern Old-Growth Forests

old-growth rings

A new study released this week in Ecological Monographs, led by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory ecologist Neil Pederson in collaboration with Harvard Forest ecologist Dave Orwig and others, highlights the fundamental shifts and lasting legacy left by climate events like drought, even in the rainy eastern U.S.

An analysis of tree rings spanning more than 300,000 square

April 7, 2014

Museum Event Features Art & Science of Trees

Clothed in Bark cover

A special event on May 1 in the Fisher Museum will feature co-authors Frank Lowenstein (Harvard College '83) and Sallie Lowenstein discussing their new book, Clothed in Bark (Lion Stone Books), a hand-bound volume of 48 intricate photo-drawings of trees and an essay on forest change.

Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben calls Clothed in Bark "a

March 21, 2014

Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge

Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge

A new book, Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, edited by Harvard Forest director David Foster and co-authored by seven Harvard Forest research colleagues, is now available from Yale University Press. In a narrative that spans millennia of ecological change, the authors reflect on eastern hemlock's irreplaceable value to human culture, ecosystems, and scientific research.


April 2, 2014

Species Conservation in a Shifting Global Context

Grizzly bear

Threatened species are further jeopardized by shifts in political boundaries, warns Harvard Forest senior ecologist Aaron Ellison in a new Worldview column in the top journal Nature. "Only laws and statutes protect biodiversity," he writes, "and these differ on either side of nearly every border." Citing examples of endangered bears, butterflies, and birds in politically fluctuating

April 1, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Laura Johnson and Global Conservation Practice

Laura Johnson, Harvard Bullard Fellow

Each month, we feature research by one of Harvard Forest's Charles Bullard Fellows. This month, we're highlighting Laura Johnson, who over the past three decades has served as a land conservationist working first with The Nature Conservancy, and then as president of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Johnson's project as a Bullard Fellow reflects on the influential tools and practices

March 31, 2014

Special Event: Merging Conservation and Agriculture in New England

One of the cow pastures at Harvard Forest

On Friday, April 11, Harvard Forest hosted a special public event on conservation and agriculture in New England.


10:00am: New England Food Vision
Brian Donahue (Brandeis University)
Find out more about the New England Food Vision, which is, in part, an extension of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision