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Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium to Celebrate 30 Years of LTER Research

March 1, 2019
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On March 19, 2019, the Harvard Forest will live-stream its annual Ecology Symposium, with a special look back on the history of the Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program as we move into its fourth decade. Talks and panel discussions will feature lead investigators from the first decade of LTER that began in the 1980s – including John Aber, Emery Boose, David Foster, Jerry Melillo, Knute Nadelhoffer, Tim Sipe, and Steve Wofsy – and current investigators, to highlight key insights, outcomes, and future research plans.

In February, the Forest received its largest-ever grant from the National Science Foundation, to fund its next 6 years as an LTER site with leadership by HF Senior Ecologist Jonathan Thompson. Uniformly positive responses from reviewers celebrated the many interconnected dimensions of research in the proposal and the Forest's affiliated education and outreach programs, including work with conservation stakeholders and education programs for students from local K-12 schools, Harvard, and universities around the world.

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