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May 16, 2024

Bullard Spotlight: Meghan Blumstein on Forest Genomics and Climate Change

Image shows Blumstein collecting a tree core from an oak.

Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research for the 2023-2024 academic year, Meghan Blumstein’s interdisciplinary work at Harvard Forest aims to understand how temperate and boreal forests will respond to predicted global changes. During her Fellowship, Blumstein, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Architecture at the University of Virginia, has been investigating the adaptive capacity of northern red oak, integrating

May 15, 2024

New Forest and Biodiversity Experiment at Harvard Farm

Image shows Juan Ramírez-Lerma and José Antonio Guzmán Quesada drilling holes in the soil.

Led by Jeannine Cavender-Bares – a new faculty member at the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and incoming director of the Harvard University Herbaria – the new “Forest and Biodiversity at the Harvard Forest” ("FAB") experiment will examine how forest diversity and introduced pests and pathogens affect forest function.

The research will incorporate phylogenetic diversity, or the evolutionary

May 8, 2024

Harvard Forest Staff Honored With University Awards

Image shows awardees from left to right: Meg Fuchs, Katharine Hinkle, and Alisha Morin.

This spring, three Harvard Forest staff members have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Harvard Forest and greater Harvard University community. For their dedication and impactful contributions, Alisha Morin and Katharine Hinkle have been honored as 2024 Harvard Heroes, and for her exceptional leadership, Meg Fuchs has been honored with the 2024 Dean's Distinction

April 30, 2024

Betsy Colburn, Harvard Forest Associate, Receives Career Award for Distinguished Service

Image shows Betsy Colburn (facing camera) describing field conditions to a group of participants.

The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) has presented Harvard Forest Associate Dr. Betsy Colburn with their 2024 Career Award for Distinguished Service.

As an aquatic ecologist with a holistic lens, Betsy has provided pivotal insight into the hydrological aspects of research conducted at Harvard Forest, whose experts often focus more on terrestrial and organismic research questions. Betsy also

April 30, 2024

Causes & Consequences of Tree Mortality from Invasive Insects: Dissertation by Audrey Barker Plotkin

Image shows Barker Plotkin speaking in 2015 at Harvard Forest. By Jenny Hobson.

We know that many tree species in the region are threatened by invasive insects, but why these trees die – and what happens next in the forest – has often remained unclear. Harvard Forest Senior Scientist and Site Manager Audrey Barker Plotkin examined these questions in her doctoral dissertation presentation on April 3 at UMass Amherst’s Department of Environmental Conservation.


April 24, 2024

Research Spotlight: Hurricanes Threaten Estimates of Forest Carbon Storage Capacity

Image shows a black and white photo of Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Dávila. Photo by Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Dávila and edited by Emily Johnson.

As policymakers throughout New England consider strategies to mitigate carbon emissions, carbon offset programs have become increasingly prevalent. A nature-based solution that allows participants to pay for the continued storage and sequestration of carbon through the preservation of trees, carbon offset programs are subject to agreements that ensure enrolled land will remain forested. Within this relatively new market, however, the

April 19, 2024

Bullard Spotlight: Nipmuc Rematriation with Sonksq Cheryll Toney Holley

Image shows bloodroot in bloom.

With a 4,000-acre campus located on ancestral Nipmuc land1, Harvard Forest was humbled to receive a Bullard Fellowship application from Cheryll Toney Holley, the sonksq (female leader) of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc Band2. A respected historian, genealogist, and author, Toney Holley co-founded the Nipmuc Indian Development Corporation to assist in the revitalization of the Nipmuc community.

April 11, 2024

Harvard Forest Fellow Ahmed Siddig Selected to Serve on IPBES Task Force

Image shows logo of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

This winter, Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow Ahmed Siddig has been chosen as an Expert to serve on the prestigious Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Ahmed will serve on the task force on capacity-building, providing advice to the IPBES Plenary on strengthening the science-policy interface for

April 5, 2024

Open House April 27: Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

Image shows a banner with text (Harvard Forest OPEN HOUSE) and a background photo of a field tour.

Harvard Forest welcomes you to an Open House on Saturday, April 27 from 1-4pm. Join us for lawn games, guided tours, art activities, and a tree planting in honor of Earth Day. This free event is open to all ages; RSVP is not required. Contact with questions. 

See flyer below for more information. If you'd like directions to

March 29, 2024

New Interpretive Trail Honors Nipmuc Land Relationship

in the forest in early spring stands a white trail sign with black text that asks several questions including "are you a visitor, or are you home?"

The first new interpretive trail in almost a decade is now open to the public at Harvard Forest. The trail, called Manchage Manexit (place of marveling, place of departure), was created by Harvard students Tyler White (Graduate School of Design) and Kashish Bastola (Harvard College '26), with research and advising by Nia Holley