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July 7, 2016

Interactive Map Highlights History and Ecology of Martha's Vineyard

Map of Martha's Vineyard

New, deeply researched maps of Martha's Vineyard encourage exploration of the Island by first invoking the Island's past--how people, nature, and farm animals shaped it centuries ago.

The maps are a precursor to the forthcoming book, A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard, written by Harvard Forest Director David Foster following 20

July 1, 2016

Summer Research in Students' Own Words

Summer research student

Students in the Harvard Forest Summer Research Program are blogging about their 11-week internships studying soils, sap flow, species models, forest landowner decision-making, even environmental art.

From May to early August, students collect and analyze data for their independent projects with the guidance of a research mentor, often working in a small team of students

June 30, 2016

2016-2017 Bullard Fellows Announced

Condensation trails in the blue sky over an open landscape.

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2016-2017. The mission of the Charles Bullard Fellowship Program 

June 16, 2016

New Study: NE Canadian Forests a Refuge as Warming Creeps North

A young black spruce.

A new study co-authored by HF Senior Ecologist Neil Pederson forecasts potential winners and losers in the changing climate of the northern boreal forest. The study of more than 26,000 trees in the Canadian province of Quebec covered an area the size of Spain.

According to the study, published today in the journal Science, boreal forests in far-northern

June 7, 2016

New Study: Carbon Standards to Bring Annual Health Benefits to Most U.S. Counties

A map of the United States

Most US regions would gain economic benefits if power plants followed carbon standards with moderately stringent emissions targets and a high level of compliance flexibility, according to a new study co-authored by Kathy Fallon Lambert, Director of the Science Policy Exchange and the Harvard Forest Science & Policy Integration Project.

The new paper, "

May 10, 2016

Study: U.S. Must Step Up Forest Pest Prevention

Dead oaks on Martha's Vineyard

Imported forest pests cause more than $2 billion in damage each year and can be found in all 50 U.S. states. Efforts to prevent new pests must be strengthened if we are to slow the loss of our nation’s trees, says a new study co-authored by Harvard Forest scientists David Orwig and David Foster. The study

March 23, 2016

Bullard Spotlight: Rose-Marie Muzika and the Ghosts of Pests Past

A sample of wood showing the rings of the tree.

Bullard Fellow Rose-Marie Muzika, a forestry professor from the University of Missouri, has long been interested in forest change over time.

During her fellowship at Harvard Forest, she is studying the impact of insects and diseases on today's forests, as well as their legacy on forests of the past.

Her work is

March 11, 2016

New Harvard Conservation Award to Inspire Future Action

Laurie Patton receiving an award

The Harvard Forest recently joined Harvard Kennedy School's Environmental and Natural Resources Program and Center for Public Leadership, along with thLincoln Institute of Land Policy, to present the inaugural Charles H.W. Foster Award for Exemplary Academic Leadership in Land Conservation to Middlebury College. The President of Middlebury College, Laurie Patton (Harvard College '83), was present to accept the award.

"New England is a

March 3, 2016

Senior Ecologist Chosen for Yale Fellowship

Harvard Forest Ecologist Aaron Ellison

Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison is spending the spring semester as a Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar at the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. He will be teaching an undergraduate course in Environmental Studies and conducting research on how portrayals and perceptions of landscapes influence conservation decision-making. He is also finishing two books, Stepping in the

February 23, 2016

2016 Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

Oak leaves during the fall

The 27th annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium will be held Tuesday, March 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Harvard Forest Fisher Museum.

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