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October 30, 2014

Eastern Newt Dynamics at the Harvard Forest

Red Eft by Brooks Mathewson

As hemlock-dominated forests decline due to the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), the abundance of red efts (the juvenile phase of the eastern newt) may also decline, reports a new study by Brooks Mathewson, a graduate of the Harvard Forest master's in forest science program.

Mathewson’s work - conducted across four seasons in all four major research

October 29, 2014

New Senior Ecologist: Neil Pederson

Neil Pederson

This fall, the Harvard Forest welcomed a new Senior Ecologist to our research staff: dendrochronologist Neil Pederson. Pederson comes to the Forest from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Pederson uses tree rings to explore long-term forest development across the eastern US, including New England. His wide-ranging work in forest ecology and dendrochronology will include research at the Harvard Forest Pisgah

October 30, 2014

New Tool for Analyzing Ecosystem Networks

enaR figure 1

A new paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, co-authored by Harvard Forest post-doctoral fellow Matthew Lau and collaborators at UNC-Wilmington, introduces a new toolkit for ecosystem analysis of complex systems, including food webs and insect mutualisms. The freely available software package, called enaR, was designed to integrate with existing packages in the popular R software for

October 23, 2014

Workshop Launches Network to Connect Science with Land Conservation and Policy

A photo by John Burk showing trees during the fall with mountains in the background

At a lodge near Sebago Lake in southern Maine, 40 scientists, conservation leaders, and government agency officials will gather on October 28-29 to officially launch the Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network (S3 RCN). The S3 RCN is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the Harvard Forest to strengthen the connections between science and

October 14, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Anthony D'Amato and the Forest that Follows a Hurricane

Bullard fellow Anthony D'Amato

Anthony D'Amato, Associate Professor of Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology at the University of Minnesota - and a Harvard Bullard Fellow this year - first came to the Forest nearly 15 years ago as an undergraduate intern in our Summer Research Program.

He says his choice to pursue a Bullard Fellowship this year was both professional and

October 10, 2014

New Insights on Changing Hemlock Forests

Hemlock sapling photo by David Foster

Three recent studies co-authored by Harvard Forest ecologist David Orwig detail the impacts of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on forests, carbon, and the New England economy.

In a paper published in Southeastern Naturalist, researchers estimated the financial loss caused by the decline of hemlock trees in a 2,800-square-mile area across 9 counties in central Connecticut and