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July 31, 2020

Harvard Forest makes a strong showing at ESA

Harvard Forest scientists and REU alumnae, and Harvard Forest’s site-based research are very well-represented at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (August 3-6). This year’s meeting is entirely virtual, with all oral talks and posters available on-demand throughout the week. This schedule gives titles and links to all the talks and posters; abstracts

July 29, 2020

Ongoing Debate: The Role of Climate Versus Fire in Shaping the Pre-European Landscape

HF researchers Wyatt Oswald and David Foster engaged in a lively exchange in the journal Nature Sustainability concerning their paper with Bryan Shuman, Elizabeth Chilton, Dianna Doucette, and Deena Duranleau, Conservation implications of limited Native American impacts in pre-contact New England.  The original article documented that climate rather than people was the predominant force shaping the forested southern New England landscape until

July 29, 2020

Alternative Scenarios for the New England Landscape

Scenario planning is a rigorous way of asking “what if?” and it can be a powerful tool for natural resource professionals preparing for the future of socioecological systems. Planners often engage with stakeholders to codesign alternative scenarios of land-use change to help plan for an uncertain future.  The collaborators working on the New England Landscape Futures (NELF) project published a