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September 6, 2018

'Weathering Change' Features Poetry by Senior Ecologist

A new compilation of poetry and art called Weathering Change, published by the Harvard Office for Sustainability, features reflections on climate change by 21 members of the Harvard community, including an introduction to the volume and poems by HF Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison.

Ellison published his own volume of poetry in 2017 after time as a

September 3, 2018

New Report Voices Local Views of the Future Landscape

Voices from the Land

A new report released today by the Harvard Forest and the Science Policy Exchange, with support from Highstead and the Wildlands & Woodlands initiative, provides a stakeholder-driven approach for addressing the important question: What does the future hold for the New England landscape?

Voices from the Land: Listening to New Englanders' Views of the Future

August 9, 2018

Bullard Spotlight: Crystal Schaaf on Visualizing Hemlock Loss

2017-2018 Bullard Fellow Crystal Schaaf, a Professor in the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston, spent her sabbatical year at Harvard Forest documenting the changes in forest structure that are occurring due to the widespread hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) infestation of eastern forests. Professor Schaaf and her team employ satellite imagery and terrestrial lidar

August 6, 2018

Study Reveals 14,000 Years of Change in New England's Forests

student collecting sediment core_photo by Jenny Meskauskas

New analyses of lake‐sediment pollen records from 29 sites across southern and central New England, recently published in the Journal of Biogeography, report on 14,000 years of change in tree diversity since the last glaciation.

June 25, 2018

Museum Screening & Panel to Feature Old-Growth Forests

eastern white pines by Ray Asselin

A new film about the history and science of old-growth forests in central New England will premiere at the Fisher Museum in Petersham on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Remarks and a brief panel discussion will follow the 1-hour documentary and feature the filmmaker, scientists interviewed in the film, and conservation leaders looking to preserve these

June 1, 2018

2018-2019 Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2018-2019. The mission of the Bullard Fellowship Program is to support advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution--either as scholars or administrators--to forestry and forest-related subjects, from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, law, and the arts and humanities. 

June 13, 2018

Registration Open: Schoolyard Ecology Workshop for Teachers

New England-based teachers of grades 4-12 are invited to build their skills in field-based data collection by registering for the Schoolyard Summer Institute for Teachers, to be held August 22 at the Harvard Forest.

The Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program, now in its 15th year, engages classrooms in field data collection at sites within walking distance of their

April 30, 2018

Study: In Warmer Future, More Fire, Fewer Trees in Klamath

Increasing fires and summer droughts caused by global warming are drastically changing a globally unique bio-region of northern California and southwestern Oregon, according to new research from HF Senior Ecologist Jonathan Thompson's lab, published today in the journal Scientific Reports.

The Klamath, as the region is known, is a pocket of the Pacific Northwest known for its rugged mountains,

May 1, 2018

Bullard Spotlight: Isabelle Chuine on What Makes Spring Buds Burst

Every quarter, we highlight the work of one of our visiting Charles Bullard Fellows. Isabelle Chuine is a research director at the Centre of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France. Her research lies at the interface of functional ecology and evolutionary ecology and focuses on seasonal change in forest trees, especially as climate warms. She uses a combination of

April 9, 2018

Long-Term Data on Ants Reveal Forest Dynamics

Sydne Record with Summer Student Collecting Ants

When forests change, do the ants that live there change, too? Ecologist Sydne Record (Bryn Mawr College), Aaron Ellison (HF Senior Ecologist), Tempest McCabe (Harvard Forest Summer Student '15, now at Boston University), and Ben Baiser (University of Florida-Gainesville) answered this question in a new study in Ecosphere

Ants provide many services to forests:

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