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February 26, 2024

Register for the Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium on March 19!

Image shows Jackie Matthes discussing research data at the 2022 LTER Symposium.

The annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium is coming up on Tuesday, March 19, from 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. ET at the Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA (click here for directions).

This year, we will highlight new work and early-career researchers with the theme “Looking Forward with Long-Term Research: New Directions and Graduate Student Research in the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological

February 20, 2024

Schoolyard Ecology Program Reaches 20 Year Milestone

Image shows a collage of photographs showing educators and students in the field.

Through the support of the Long-Term Ecological Research Program and generous anonymous donors, 2024 marks the 20th year of the Schoolyard Ecology program at Harvard Forest. For two decades the ecologists at Harvard Forest (John O'Keefe, Dave Orwig, Emery Boose, and Betsy Colburn) have worked with Pamela Snow, and now Katharine Hinkle to train and support teachers and classrooms

February 7, 2024

Bullard Spotlight: Dr. Ahmed Siddig Sets Up New LTER Site & Mentors Students in Conflict-Affected Sudan

Image shows Ahmed Siddig, center, taking notes in the field

We are thrilled to host Dr. Ahmed Siddig as one of our Charles Bullard Fellows in Forest Research for the 2023-2024 year. Dr. Siddig, Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Conservation at the University of Khartoum, is interested in understanding global change ecology, development & running of ecological monitoring programs, and biodiversity conservation. As Bullard Fellow for 2023/2024,

February 1, 2024

Harvard Forest Researchers Contribute to Recent EEA “Forest as Climate Solutions” Report

Image shows a skidder pulling logs at Harvard Forest.

Last month, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs released its Report of the Climate-Forestry Committee: Recommendations for Climate Oriented Forest Management Guidelines. This Forests as Climate Solutions report was authored by a committee of 12 experts having widely varying opinions on management; Harvard Forest authors include Forest Research Director Jonathan Thompson and Harvard Forest

January 25, 2024

Registration Open for Schoolyard Ecology Spring Workshop: April 5th, 2024

Calling all Schoolyard Educators! We may be in the coldest portion of the winter, but it is time to think spring! 

At our workshop this spring, we will be focusing on your successes. You will have a chance to share about what you and your students have been up to this year and any results you would like to share. Buds,

January 25, 2024

Winter Interns Gain Skills, Advance Harvard Forest Research Efforts

Image shows the four Harvard Forest winter interns (2024) standing atop a research tower.

This January, Harvard Forest hosted five winter interns to advance research questions in collaboration with Harvard Forest researchers studying a variety of topics. Despite the brief nature of this program -- only 2.5 weeks -- the Harvard University student interns produced a significant body of work that will continue informing the efforts of future interns and scientists alike. 


Cold but

January 3, 2024

March 5: Growing Solar & Protecting Nature with Jonathan Thompson

This solar farm was built in Mendon, MA. The property was previously undeveloped forested land and partially used for farming. The total system size is about 4.1 MW DC. Photo by Lucas Faria.

Resarch Discussion: Growing Solar, Protecting Nature

Tuesday, March 5, 6:00-7:30pm
Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest
324 North Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366

Massachusetts needs more solar energy to meet its goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But so far, much of the solar energy deployed in central and western Massachusetts has been built at the expense of forests, farmlands,

January 3, 2024

Bullard Spotlight: Comparative investigation of heterogeneity across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities

Image shows Bullard Fellow Zhanshan Ma with Harvard Forest Senior Research Fellow in Ecology Emeritus Aaron Ellison

By Zhanshan (Sam) Ma

During his Bullard Fellowship, Zhanshan (Sam) Ma - CAS 100-Talents endowed professor and PI of Computational Biology and Medical Ecology Lab, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - is working with Harvard Forest Senior Research Fellow in Ecology Emeritus Aaron Ellison to review and synthesize the literature on heterogeneity

December 20, 2023

First-Year Seminar Students End Semester with Symposium

Image shows the 2023 First-Year students standing on a stile at the Harvard Farm.

Each fall, Harvard first-year students have the opportunity to take Research at the Harvard Forest-Global Change Ecology-Forests, Ecosystem Function, the Future. Led by Harvard Forest Senior Forest Ecologist Dave Orwig, this First-Year Seminar Program course immerses students in an active field research setting and provides interactions with several leading global change scientists at Harvard Forest.

December 7, 2023

Harvard Student Opportunity: Spring 2024 Internship in Indigenous Land/Food Sovereignty

a forest view with variously sized boulders along the forest floor

Spring Remote Internship: Connecting Indigenous Community Health and Land History/Futures

Open to currently enrolled Harvard undergraduates and graduate students (including international students)


Mentored by: Cheryll Toney Holley, Harvard 2023-2024 Bullard Fellow and Sonksq (female chief) of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc Band

Additional mentors: Andrea Smith, sub-chief for Tribal Heath & Wellness, Hassanamisco Nipmuc Band; with support from Emily