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Harvard Freshman Seminar

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2020 Freshman Seminar 21w (spring)Walk up Tower at Harvard Forest
Research at the Harvard Forest: Global Change Ecology-Forests, Ecosystem Function, the Future

Enrollment limited to 11. Open to Harvard University freshmen only. Applications are accepted through January 21, 2020.

(Browse photos from the course.)

This course explores state-of-the-art research, tools and measurements used to investigate and predict climate change through ongoing studies at the Harvard Forest’s 3,700-acre outdoor laboratory in Petersham, MA. The seminar consists of two weekend long field trips (Friday evening-Sunday) to the Harvard Forest, one weekend on Martha's Vineyard, and a final mini-symposium at the Forest. Students develop skills for evaluating, discussing, and presenting the ecological evidence for climate change, including feedbacks between forests and the atmosphere and longterm impacts on forest ecosystems. Note: Transportation, accommodations, and meals at the Harvard Forest will be provided.

Students attending the freshmen seminar at Harvard Forest











Student pose on large tree at Harvard Forest