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December 1, 2022

Harvard Forest Seeks New Director

evening sunlight filters through a forest edge, with green leaves glowing gold

Harvard has launched the search for the next Director of Harvard Forest, who will also be a Tenured Professor of Terrestrial Ecology in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard.

Learn more about the position and apply at

December 1, 2022

Teachers Welcome: Schoolyard Ecology Winter Data Workshop

Mentors Ann Lewis and Betsy Colburn work on computers with 3 Schoolyard Ecology teachers in a conference room.

Friday, January 13th, 2023 8:30 am - 3 pm 

We are very excited to announce the return of our in-person Winter Data Workshop! This full-day workshop is open to all K12 teachers in the Schoolyard Ecology Program, and includes all study projects. Several tracks are available according to teachers' level of experience working with ecology data, spanning from novice to

October 25, 2022

Report: New England Forests Can Do More to Combat Climate Change

Report cover

New England’s forests are an underrated asset in the fight against climate change, already sequestering the equivalent of 14 percent of carbon emissions across the six states and capable of much more. Through a menu of complementary strategies, forests could sequester at least 20 percent of carbon emissions while also enhancing critical co-benefits such as cleaner air and water, greater

October 24, 2022

Landscape Modeling Workshop Blends Approaches to Projecting Forest Change

Researchers stand in front of Shaler Hall

On October 19 and 20, 2022, Harvard Forest hosted a landscape modeling workshop centered on the LANDIS model. LANDIS - short for LAndscape DIsturbance and Succession - is a model that has been widely applied by Harvard Forest in the context of future forest conditions, alternative future scenarios, carbon storage, and other pressing policy issues for the state of Massachusetts

October 20, 2022

New Grant: Seeing and Hearing Indigenous Voices on the Land

a trail sign that says "What Does it Mean to be Seen and Heard?"

A team of Harvard Forest scientists, Nipmuc leaders, Indigenous students, and educators has received a Culture Lab Innovation Fund grant to amplify the voices of local Indigenous communities and to enhance a sense of belonging for all Indigenous community members at Harvard. Led by Nipmuc leaders and Harvard Forest postdoc S. Joseph Tumber-Dávila, To Be

October 17, 2022

Study Informs Federal Grants to Address U.S. Fuel Poverty

UMass students stand in front of newly stacked crates of firewood at the Petersham Wood Bank

HF Director of Outreach & Education, Clarisse Hart, has co-authored a new study, Food, Medicine, or Heat? How Firewood Banks Leverage Natural Resources to Support Fuel Poor Households that will directly inform the distrubition of $8 mill in federal grants to combat heating fuel poverty in the US.

Until Hart began her research in 2016, grass-roots community wood banks –

October 14, 2022

2023 Wintersession Internships for Harvard Students: Applications Due Oct. 31

4 Harvard Forest winter interns from 2019 smile on top of the forest canopy tower

November 1 update: Applications are now closed for the January 2023 program.

Applications are open for paid Wintersession internships for Harvard students in January 2023. 

October 6, 2022

Book discussion & hike with author Lynda Mapes -- November 6

Sunday, November 6 - 1:00-3:00pm

Learn how the effects of climate change can be seen in the life of a single, 100-year old oak, how Harvard Forest science has documented this change, and how you can become a backyard climate change detective through the practice of phenology -- regular observance of seasonal changes in nature. Join Lynda Mapes, current Harvard

October 5, 2022

2022 Annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium: Wednesday, October 12

Autumn leaves on the forest floor

2022 Annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

Wednesday, October 12 from 9:00-5:00, Fisher Museum & Live-Stream via Zoom

A Tale of Two Research Forests: Hubbard Brook and Harvard Forest

We are excited to highlight and strengthen complementary work at the Harvard Forest and our LTER neighbor to the north. The day will feature talks by Harvard Forest and Hubbard Brook researchers, and

August 29, 2022

Registration Open: Harvard Community Bus Trips to the Forest

a group of Harvard students observe a field research site on a forest tour in summer

Harvard students, faculty, fellows, and staff may now sign up for one of several free monthly bus trips to visit Harvard Forest, located 70 miles west of Harvard Square.

Trips will be geared towards undergraduate and graduate students; faculty, fellows, and staff are also welcome to sign up. There is no cost.

The 4 hours spent on site will be guided by