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November 14, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Lynda Mapes and the 100-Year-Old Oak

Lynda Mapes at Harvard Forest

During her 12-month Bullard Fellowship at the Harvard Forest, veteran newspaper journalist and author Lynda Mapes is taking a deep, long look at one tree: a 100-year-old red oak. With the help of Harvard Forest collaborators John O’Keefe, Andrew Richardson, David Foster, and other experts, Lynda is probing the human and natural history

November 3, 2014

New Research Helps Maple Syrup Producers Predict Season

maple syrup by Josh Rapp

A new study by Harvard Forest research affiliates Josh Rapp and Elizabeth Crone (Tufts University) used 17 years of data to identify which factors most impact maple syrup production each year. Their answer: autumn seed production.

"Weather affects how much sap will flow out of the tree, but sap volume is only one piece of the

October 30, 2014

Eastern Newt Dynamics at the Harvard Forest

Red Eft by Brooks Mathewson

As hemlock-dominated forests decline due to the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), the abundance of red efts (the juvenile phase of the eastern newt) may also decline, reports a new study by Brooks Mathewson, a graduate of the Harvard Forest master's in forest science program.

Mathewson’s work - conducted across four seasons in all four major research

October 29, 2014

New Senior Ecologist: Neil Pederson

Neil Pederson

This fall, the Harvard Forest welcomed a new Senior Ecologist to our research staff: dendrochronologist Neil Pederson. Pederson comes to the Forest from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Pederson uses tree rings to explore long-term forest development across the eastern US, including New England. His wide-ranging work in forest ecology and dendrochronology will include research at the Harvard Forest Pisgah

October 30, 2014

New Tool for Analyzing Ecosystem Networks

enaR figure 1

A new paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, co-authored by Harvard Forest post-doctoral fellow Matthew Lau and collaborators at UNC-Wilmington, introduces a new toolkit for ecosystem analysis of complex systems, including food webs and insect mutualisms. The freely available software package, called enaR, was designed to integrate with existing packages in the popular R software for

October 23, 2014

Workshop Launches Network to Connect Science with Land Conservation and Policy

At a lodge near Sebago Lake in southern Maine, 40 scientists, conservation leaders, and government agency officials will gather on October 28-29 to officially launch the Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network (S3 RCN). The S3 RCN is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the Harvard Forest to strengthen the connections between science and

October 14, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Anthony D'Amato and the Forest that Follows a Hurricane

Anthony D'Amato, Associate Professor of Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology at the University of Minnesota - and a Harvard Bullard Fellow this year - first came to the Forest nearly 15 years ago as an undergraduate intern in our Summer Research Program.

He says his choice to pursue a Bullard Fellowship this year was both professional and

October 10, 2014

New Insights on Changing Hemlock Forests

Three recent studies co-authored by Harvard Forest ecologist David Orwig detail the impacts of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) on forests, carbon, and the New England economy.

In a paper published in Southeastern Naturalist, researchers estimated the financial loss caused by the decline of hemlock trees in a 2,800-square-mile area across 9 counties in central Connecticut and

September 30, 2014

New SPE Study: Power Plant Standards and Public Health

Carbon Co-Benefits study

On June 2, 2014, the EPA released the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Released today is part 2 of a 3-part study, in which Science Policy Exchange researchers analyze the impact of different policy options for power plant carbon standards on clean air and public health. 

"Health Co-Benefits of Carbon Pollution Standards for

September 3, 2014

Tracking Climate and Wildfire in the Klamath Region

Klamath fire

Thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation, over the next 4 years, HF senior ecologist Jonathan Thompson will study future changes to the increasingly wildfire-prone Klamath region of Oregon and California. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Thompson's research team will evaluate the potential for the 25-million-acre Klamath region to shift, through climate change and

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