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April 30, 2024

Causes & Consequences of Tree Mortality from Invasive Insects: Dissertation by Audrey Barker Plotkin

Image shows Barker Plotkin speaking in 2015 at Harvard Forest. By Jenny Hobson.

We know that many tree species in the region are threatened by invasive insects, but why these trees die – and what happens next in the forest – has often remained unclear. Harvard Forest Senior Scientist and Site Manager Audrey Barker Plotkin examined these questions in her doctoral dissertation presentation on April 3 at UMass Amherst’s Department of Environmental Conservation.


April 24, 2024

Research Spotlight: Hurricanes Threaten Estimates of Forest Carbon Storage Capacity

Image shows a black and white photo of Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Dávila. Photo by Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Dávila and edited by Emily Johnson.

As policymakers throughout New England consider strategies to mitigate carbon emissions, carbon offset programs have become increasingly prevalent. A nature-based solution that allows participants to pay for the continued storage and sequestration of carbon through the preservation of trees, carbon offset programs are subject to agreements that ensure enrolled land will remain forested. Within this relatively new market, however, the

April 19, 2024

Bullard Spotlight: Nipmuc Rematriation with Sonksq Cheryll Toney Holley

Image shows bloodroot in bloom.

With a 4,000-acre campus located on ancestral Nipmuc land1, Harvard Forest was humbled to receive a Bullard Fellowship application from Cheryll Toney Holley, the sonksq (female leader) of the Hassanamisco Nipmuc Band2. A respected historian, genealogist, and author, Toney Holley co-founded the Nipmuc Indian Development Corporation to assist in the revitalization of the Nipmuc community.

April 11, 2024

Harvard Forest Fellow Ahmed Siddig Selected to Serve on IPBES Task Force

Image shows logo of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

This winter, Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow Ahmed Siddig has been chosen as an Expert to serve on the prestigious Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Ahmed will serve on the task force on capacity-building, providing advice to the IPBES Plenary on strengthening the science-policy interface for

April 5, 2024

Open House April 27: Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

Image shows a banner with text (Harvard Forest OPEN HOUSE) and a background photo of a field tour.

Harvard Forest welcomes you to an Open House on Saturday, April 27 from 1-4pm. Join us for lawn games, guided tours, art activities, and a tree planting in honor of Earth Day. This free event is open to all ages; RSVP is not required. Contact with questions. 

See flyer below for more information. If you'd like directions to

March 29, 2024

New Interpretive Trail Honors Nipmuc Land Relationship

in the forest in early spring stands a white trail sign with black text that asks several questions including "are you a visitor, or are you home?"

The first new interpretive trail in almost a decade is now open to the public at Harvard Forest. The trail, called Manchage Manexit (place of marveling, place of departure), was created by Harvard students Tyler White (Graduate School of Design) and Kashish Bastola (Harvard College '26), with research and advising by Nia Holley

March 26, 2024

Exploring the Relationship Between Field-Based Education and STEM Identity

Image shows Cynthia Liu in front of the Harvard Forest Fisher Museum.

This Winter, Harvard Graduate School of Education student Cynthia Liu (‘24) has been working with Clarisse Hart, Katharine Hinkle, and collaborator Dr. Tara Goodhue to begin an evaluation of the STEM identity and environmental awareness of participants in our Schoolyard Ecology program. The goal is to provide an overall sense of how effective participation in our citizen

March 21, 2024

LTER updates: Symposium highlights, student research awards, and a submitted research proposal

Image shows 2024 graduate students affiliated with Harvard Forest's LTER Program. By Ben Goulet-Scott.

On March 19, Harvard Forest hosted its annual research symposium, entitled Looking Forward with Long-Term Research: New Directions and Graduate Student Research in the Harvard Forest LTER. Hosting nearly 100 individuals in person and over 50 online, this year's event included a variety of presentations that focused on upcoming research directions in Harvard Forest's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. In

March 4, 2024

Research Spotlight: The Interactive Effects Between Forest Fragmentation and Climate Change

Image shows the structure of the rain exclosure near its completion. By Ben Goulet-Scott.

As researchers and policymakers consider climate change mitigation strategies worldwide, it has become increasingly important to understand the nuances of forest carbon sequestration. A new study at Harvard Forest will examine the interactive effects of forest fragmentation and climate on carbon sequestration, including how these interactions shift the balance of carbon across human-dominated landscapes.

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February 26, 2024

Register for the Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium on March 19!

Image shows Jackie Matthes discussing research data at the 2022 LTER Symposium.

The annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium is coming up on Tuesday, March 19, from 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. ET at the Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA (click here for directions).

This year, we will highlight new work and early-career researchers with the theme “Looking Forward with Long-Term Research: New Directions and Graduate Student Research in the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological