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March 23, 2015

HF Director to Address Forest Futures at Regional Symposium

"Climate Change and the Future of Plant Life" flyer

On March 26, HF Director David Foster will join other noted scientists to discuss "Climate Change and the Future of Plant Life" in a regional symposium hosted by the New England Wild Flower Society.

Speakers will present a new report on the state of New England's plants; information on climate-induced species adaptation, migration, and loss; and

March 23, 2015

Harvard's 'Wired' Forest Featured

Harvard Forest barn tower

The latest issue of IEEE Spectrum Magazine features, in layman's terms, the ins and outs of Harvard Forest's high-tech research infrastructure. Describing our myriad long-term ecological research experiments, writer Mark Harris quips, "If a tree falls in the Harvard Forest, rest assured that a gadget is positioned to hear it."

March 6, 2015

'Scenarios to Simulation' Workshop Explores Regional Landscape Change

A group of people working together at a workshop called "Scenarios to Simulations"

Last month, as part of the Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network (S3 RCN), the Harvard Forest and the Science Policy Exchange collaborated with Dartmouth College to help convene a unique land-change workshop, "Scenarios to Simulations."

The workshop brought together academics to explore scientific methods for translating narrative scenarios of future landscape change into numeric estimates. Their work

March 5, 2015

New Study: A Carbon Surprise in Old-Growth Forests

Rebecca Walker, Jennifer McGarvey, and Stevie Gildehaus at Belt Woods

Most forests in the eastern U.S. are young and growing fast. A new study published this week in the journal Ecology  shows the potential for younger forests to maintain their valuable carbon 'sink' capacity for many decades to come -- but not in the way you might expect. 

To explore the potential for young forests to store carbon over time, HF