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May 27, 2014

New SPE Study: Rules on Carbon Emissions Benefit People & the Environment

Annual sulfur deposition in 2020

On June 2, the EPA released the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. In a new report by the Science Policy Exchange, scientists from Syracuse and Harvard analyze how and where that rule will improve local air quality, decrease atmospheric deposition, and benefit people and ecosystems across the U.S.

The authors of the study, including

May 21, 2014

International Workshop Hosts HF Senior Ecologist

Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison presenting two lectures in Germany

Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison presented two keynote lectures in Germany this month at a multi-day workshop on "Red Wood Ants, Tectonics, Geogenic Gases & Statistics," organized on the occasion of his visit by faculty at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Freiburg. Additional participants came from the Charles University of Prague, Technical University of Dortmund, and the

May 21, 2014

New Research: Assessing Tools for Woodland Landowners

Photo of a woodland landowner meeting by Dave Kittredge

Harvard Forest Senior Investigator Dave Kittredge, in partnership with the UMass Family Forest Research Center, recently completed a two-year study of the USDA Forest Service's national Forest Stewardship Program (FSP). The results are now available in the Journal of Forestry

Their results indicate that only a small fraction of the nation's private

May 20, 2014

New Science Policy Exchange Project: Forest Pests and Pathogens

May 2014 Forest Pest and Pathogens working group

The Harvard Forest, in collaboration with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, has launched a new Science Policy Exchange project on forest pests and pathogens. This project addresses growing concerns about damage to trees, forests, and local economies caused by introduced insects. The new project commenced with a two-day workshop on May 7 and 8, at the

May 20, 2014

Graduate Students Honored with Research Awards

Ahmed Hassabelkreem Siddig

Five PhD students/candidates pursuing research at the Harvard Forest have recently received competitive awards and fellowships to support their work.

Ahmed Hassabelkreem Siddig (pictured at left) has earned a Student Dissertation Research Grant from the University of Massachusetts, to support his efforts to create a more informative measure of indicator species "effectiveness" for ecological monitoring and conservation in declining ecosystems. 

Allyson Degrassi

May 19, 2014

Harvard Events to Feature New Hemlock Book

Hemlock branch by David Foster

Events in May and June at Harvard University will feature the new Harvard Forest book, Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, published this spring by Yale University Press. Edited by Harvard Forest director David Foster and co-authored by seven Harvard Forest research colleagues, the book spans millennia of ecological change and reflects on

May 7, 2014

Confronting Environmental Challenges: the Science Policy Exchange

Science Policy Exchange cover

As part of the Harvard Forest's commitment to connecting science, communication, and policy outreach, recently we have helped to launch the Science Policy Exchange, a collaborative of six world-class research institutions and four Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites, all dedicated to increasing the influence of science on environmental policy, conservation, and natural resource management.

A new

May 7, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Barbara Lerner and Scientific Data Provenance

Lerner in the forest

Each month, we feature research by one of Harvard Forest's Charles Bullard Fellows. This month, we're highlighting Barbara Lerner, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College.

During her year-long Bullard Fellowship, Lerner has been working closely with HF information manager Emery Boose to record information about how scientific data is processed from the point of