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May 26, 2022

Summer Interns Arrive to Pursue 11-Week Research Projects

2022 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program students and mentors

Last weekend, during an unseasonable heat wave, 20 undergraduate interns arrived from institutions all over the US to move into Harvard Forest's largest dorm. Thus began their 11-week Summer Research Program internships, during which they will pursue mentored team projects on topics ranging from amplifying Indigenous voices in STEM to understanding controls on forest carbon sequestration.

The program, now

April 3, 2022

New Study and Interactive Map Point to Environmental Justice Disparities (and Solutions) in Land Conservation

screenshot of environmental justice mapping tool

A new study in Environmental Research Letters shows striking disparities in the distribution of conserved land across multiple dimensions of social marginalization in New England – and creates a tool to help address them.

In a New England-wide analysis, the researchers found that communities in the lowest income quartile, and communities with the highest proportions of people of color

February 16, 2022

Study: Forest Edges Store More Carbon than We Knew

Luca Morreale collecting data at a forest edge in the Arnold Arboretum

Photo of Luca Morreale collecting data at a forest edge in the Arnold Arboretum, by Sarah Garvey

February 16, 2022

2/22 Webinar on Open Positions in Lab Management, Education

Student intern Tiffaney Carey and mentor Kristina Stinson analyze samples in the lab

The Forest is accepting applications for 2 open positions in education and laboratory coordination. 

February 15, 2022

Museum Panorama Honors Nipmuc Land Stewardship & Collaboration

Standing in front of the new Museum mural is Nia Holley, Roberto Mighty, and Clarisse Hart

A new panorama in the Fisher Museum is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between community organizer Nia Holley of the Nipmuc Nation, multimedia artist Roberto Mighty, HF Director of Outreach & Education Clarisse Hart, the Vermont-based design company Shadows & Light, and the Wilmington-based printing company Advanced Imaging.

The photograph, spanning a 24-foot wall in the museum,

February 15, 2022

Video Series Offers Snapshots of Long-Term HF Research

Screenshots from video files

A new video series showcases current field research by senior scientists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates in the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program.

The series was filmed in summer 2021 by filmmaker and longtime Harvard Forest collaborator, Roberto Mighty.

February 15, 2022

Even in Retirement, Ellison Achieves

Aaron Ellison inspects and ant through a magnifying loupe in the forest in summer

Aaron Ellison retired from Harvard Forest in July 2021 after 20 years as Harvard's Senior Research Fellow in Ecology. From 2018 - 2021, he also served as the Deputy Director of the Harvard Forest.

In retirement, Ellison has continued to achieve high honors in ecology, in August 2021 accomplishing his career-long goal of publishing a Princeton Monograph in his

January 31, 2022

Winter Interns Explore US Forest Cover, Indigenous Partnerships, Museum Communication

Tiled image of four winter interns: Langa Siziba, Anna Christensen, Jaidyn Probst, Nina Chung

Four Harvard students completed intensive winter internships at the Forest this January, working virtually on a range of projects and presenting their findings to community partners and Harvard faculty and staff on January 19.

January 19, 2022

Study Tracks Seasonal Growth and Water Shortage in Trees

HF scientists and students work together to core hemlock saplings.

By Anna Christensen

A paper published this past summer in Tree Physiology finds that tree species of varying wood-porosity experience peak growth at different times of the year, exposing some species to more intense water shortages than others.

The wood-porosity of a tree refers to the structure of its vessels—pipelines within the trunk that carry sap throughout the tree.

Some trees such as

January 7, 2022

Study Reveals Impact of Colonial Land Use on Current Forest Composition

Figures from the ForestGEO paper in PeerJ, showing colonial land use

By Anna Christensen

A study just published in PeerJ Life and Environment examines how anthropogenic and natural disturbances from past decades, and even centuries, affect the spatial and species composition of woody plants within a forest plot.

Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist David Orwig and collaborators (Jason Aylward, Hannah Buckley, Bradley Case, and Aaron Ellison) utilized the data from the first

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