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November 27, 2013

Paper Highlights Resilience and Recovery of Large, Old Trees

large pine at Ice Glen

A brief synthesis of large, old tree dynamics, recently published by the journal Conservation Letters, shows that despite concerns of widespread declines of large trees, forest research from the USA, Sweden, European Union, and the tropics reveal that large trees have actually increased in many of the world’s forests in recent decades. The author of the article, Harvard

October 29, 2013

Teacher Innovation in the HF Schoolyard Ecology Program

LeTellier students at AMC

Lise LeTellier, a teacher in the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology program, details in a new feature article how hands-on science lessons connect her urban high school students to field ecology via collaborations with the Harvard Forest, Project Learning Tree, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

LeTellier won a state award this year for excellence

October 21, 2013

Tracking Success in Regional Conservation Partnerships

RCP map

What makes land conservation succeed in New England?

A new study by Harvard Forest collaborators Bill Labich (from Highstead) and Sydne Record, recently published in the Journal of Forestry, evaluates how regional conservation partnerships (RCPs) protect land from development, and points to the critical role the lead partner organization plays in how quickly conservation can

October 21, 2013

Harvard Forest Welcomes New Senior Ecologist

Jonathan Thompson at Harvard Forest

Jonathan Thompson has joined the Harvard Forest staff as a new Senior Ecologist. He comes to us from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, where he was a Research Scientist and Landscape Ecologist. Before joining the Smithsonian in 2009, Thompson spent two years as a Bullard Fellow and Research Associate here at Harvard Forest. He holds an undergraduate degree

October 18, 2013

Carbon and Water Dynamics in a Deciduous Clearcut

Chris Williams and eddy flux tower

A new Harvard Forest study released today in Global Change Biology provides the first detailed account of how carbon, water, and energy balances shift in the years following a clearcut of a broadleaf temperate forest.

Results show a steady loss of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere from the clearcut area, primarily from exposed soils and decaying wood. The cleared area

September 24, 2013

New Study: Carbon Age in Sprouting Trees

sprouting red maple stump

A comparative study of red maple trees at the Harvard Forest and at Bartlett Experimental Forest in New Hampshire sheds new light on how trees allocate carbon throughout their life cycle--including just after they have been cut. The researchers used radiocarbon dating to "age" the carbon in new sprouts that emerge from stumps when trees are harvested.

The two sites showed

September 4, 2013

Change and Resilience in Northeast Forests

Slab City: 1890 and today

A joint Harvard Forest-Smithsonian study released today in PLOS ONE compares modern forests to their pre-colonial condition in a 9-state analysis of Northeastern forest change. More than 300,000 colonial-era "witness tree" records--never before analyzed at this scale--reveal that although the same types of trees are present today, the number and locations of these trees are dramatically different.


September 4, 2013

Field Trip for New England Foresters

NESAF field trip, August 2013

On August 24, twenty foresters representing every state in New England toured the Harvard Forest as part of the New England Society of American Foresters' silvicultural working group. Harvard Forest site coordinator and licensed forester Audrey Barker-Plotkin led the day-long tour.

The group got an in-depth look at a number of Harvard Forest's major long-term experiments, including the

September 3, 2013

Harvard Forest Study Named Among Most Influential

British Ecological Society - 100 Influential Papers

A list of 100 Influential Papers published by the British Ecological Society for its centennial celebration includes Harvard Forest director David Foster's 1992 study, "Land use history (1730-1990) and vegetation dynamics in central New-England USA" among the honorees.

The list was comprised by nomination: 100 ecologists were asked to name the paper that they

September 2, 2013

Harvard Forest Is Hiring

Harvard Forest megaplot crew

Harvard Forest seeks to hire a scientist-ecologist, a post-doctoral research associate, and two skilled outdoor laborers. Browse our open positions.