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February 1, 2006

Conservation finance roundtable and white paper funded

James Levitt (director of Program on Conservation Innovation at Harvard Forest) and Wildlands and Woodlands CoverKathy Lambert (president of Ecologic) received a grant to host a roundtable of national leaders in the area of conservation finance in Spring 2006. The goal is to indentify potential mechanisms for funding an ambitious regional land protection

February 1, 2006

Smith Conservation Fellowship Awarded to Harvard Forest Post Doc

Dr. Robert McDonald, currently of Harvard Forest, received The Society for Conservation Biology and the Cedar Tree Foundation 2006 Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, the nation's premier post doctoral program in conservation biology, seeks to find solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges in the United States. Each Fellow's research is conducted in partnership

January 1, 2006

Five-Year Grant Funded

Sarracenia purpurea

The Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation has recommended that Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison's proposal "Moths, ants, and carnivorous plants: the spatial dimension of species interactions" be funded, beginning March 1, 2006. The goal of this 5-year, $585,000 research project, is to understand how species interactions change the spatial distribution of dynamic habitat patches across

January 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Conservation Finance

Levitt, J.N. (ed.). 2005. From Walden to Wall Street: Frontiers of Conservation From Walden to Wall Street CoverFinance. Island Press and Lincoln Institute.

From Walden to Wall Street brings together the experience of more than a dozen pioneering conservation finance practitioners to present groundbreaking ideas for dramatically expanding the availability of capital for land

December 1, 2005

Harvard Forest in the Media

Schoolyard Group

Harvard Forest Schoolyard Science Project in Boston Globe

The Harvard Forest Schoolyard LTER program continues to grow and has recently made the news. One of the four research projects currently supported through our program (Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming) was featured in an article in The Boston Globe.

The HF Schoolyard web page was also recently updated. Project descriptions, research protocols, suggested

December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Carnivorous Plants & Insects

An overview of interactions between carnivorous plants and insects published in the magazine of the Xerces Society, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation. Jess Butler and Tony D'Amato came up with the title of the article. 

Ellison, A. M. 2005. Turning the tables: plants bite back. Wings, Fall 2005: 25-29.

December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Loss of Foundation Species

This paper derived from an LTER cross-site workshop held at Harvard Forest Feb. 28-March 2, 2005. The workshop examined the responses of forest ecosystems to the loss of "foundation species" - single species that control population and community dynamics and modulate ecosystem processes. The workshop was supported by the LTER network office and included researchers from the Andrews, Baltimore, Coweeta,

December 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Effect of Fire On Ant Assemblages

In this paper by PIs and graduate students at Humboldt State University, University of Vermont, University of Tennessee, and Harvard Forest, we examined environmental factors controlling species composition of ant assemblages in fens and forests of the Siskiyou Mountains. We were especially interested in the response of these ant assemblages to the Biscuit Fire of 2002, one of the largest

November 1, 2005

Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow Revises Peterson's Field Guide

Revised by Elizabeth Farnsworth (Bullard Fellow) and Cheryl Lowe for the first time in 50 Peterson Field Guide To Ferns Coveryears, the new Peterson's Field Guide to the Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America introduces both amateur and professional plant enthusiasts to the ferns and related families of the northeastern United States.

November 1, 2005

Wildlands and Woodlands: An Update

Since the release of the scientific report "Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the Wildlands and Woodlands CoverForests of Massachusetts" calling for a bold new land protection effort to stave-off accelerating forest fragmentation in Massachusetts, many organizations and persons from the private forester to the public servant have expressed interest and/or endorsement of

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