How might your local landscape change in 40 years?

An interactive map tool built by scientists in the Thompson Lab explores five possible futures for New England, viewable in high resolution at 10-year time steps. A companion story map outlines the kinds of questions the tool can answer, and builds context for the years of research and contributions by 100+ local stakeholders that led to the final product.

News & Highlights

September 1, 2019

Museum Event to Explore the Ecology of Towns & Villages

On Tuesday, September 17, Richard Forman, a renowned landscape ecologist and long-time research collaborator of the Harvard Forest, will present his new book on the ecology of towns and villages in a free public lecture in the Fisher Museum, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Those who can't attend this talk in person can catch the live-stream of

July 20, 2019

New Tweeting Tree Is Climate Change Storyteller

This month, Harvard Forest launched the first tweeting tree in North America. 

The project has been years in the making. The 100-year-old red oak tree first came into the spotlight in 2017, as the focal point for the climate change book Witness Tree, written by visiting Bullard Fellow Lynda Mapes. In 2018, post-doctoral fellow Tim Rademacher (from Northern Arizona University and

July 19, 2019

Registration Open for Schoolyard Ecology Teacher Workshop

Schoolteachers of grades 2-12 are invited to register for the Summer Institute for Teachers, held here at Harvard Forest on August 22 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The cost is $50, which includes teacher materials, project supplies, and year-round support from educators and scientists at the Forest.

The Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program, now in its 16th year, works with teachers

June 18, 2019

2019-2020 Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2019-2020. The mission of the Bullard Fellowship Program is to support advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution--either as scholars or administrators--to forestry and forest-related subjects, from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, law, and the arts and humanities. 

June 10, 2019

New Grant: Gypsy Moth, Carbon Storage, and Tree Mortality

Gypsy moth caterpillar

A Harvard Forest-led research team has received a $99,000 Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the factors underlying widespread oak tree mortality across southern New England in the wake of an ongoing, multi-year outbreak of invasive gypsy moth. 

It has been more than thirty years since gypsy moth has caused such a high level of tree

May 29, 2019

HF Scientists Featured in "Poetry in America" Course for Teachers

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This spring, 194 K-12 teachers from around the nation enrolled in an online course featuring three Harvard Forest ecologists discussing poems related to their research. The online course is part of the Poetry in America project, created and directed by Harvard professor Elisa New -- a public television series and multi-platform digital initiative that brings poetry into classrooms

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Events at Harvard Forest

  • Wednesday, September 18 - Friday, September 20
    RCP Leadership Training
  • Friday, September 20, -
    Richard T.T. Forman - Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    Town Ecology: For the Land of Towns and Villages
    Join seminar online
  • Saturday, September 21 - Sunday, September 22
    OEB 155r Biology of Insects
  • Sunday, September 22, -
    MIT class 12335 Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry
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