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April 15, 2014

Study: Climate Legacy in Eastern Old-Growth Forests

old-growth rings

A new study released this week in Ecological Monographs, led by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory ecologist Neil Pederson in collaboration with Harvard Forest ecologist Dave Orwig and others, highlights the fundamental shifts and lasting legacy left by climate events like drought, even in the rainy eastern U.S.

An analysis of tree rings spanning more than 300,000 square

April 7, 2014

Museum Event Features Art & Science of Trees

Clothed in Bark cover

A special event on May 1 in the Fisher Museum will feature co-authors Frank Lowenstein (Harvard College '83) and Sallie Lowenstein discussing their new book, Clothed in Bark (Lion Stone Books), a hand-bound volume of 48 intricate photo-drawings of trees and an essay on forest change.

Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben calls Clothed in Bark "a

March 21, 2014

Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge

Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge

A new book, Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, edited by Harvard Forest director David Foster and co-authored by seven Harvard Forest research colleagues, is now available from Yale University Press. In a narrative that spans millennia of ecological change, the authors reflect on eastern hemlock's irreplaceable value to human culture, ecosystems, and scientific research.


April 2, 2014

Species Conservation in a Shifting Global Context

Grizzly bear

Threatened species are further jeopardized by shifts in political boundaries, warns Harvard Forest senior ecologist Aaron Ellison in a new Worldview column in the top journal Nature. "Only laws and statutes protect biodiversity," he writes, "and these differ on either side of nearly every border." Citing examples of endangered bears, butterflies, and birds in politically fluctuating

April 1, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Laura Johnson and Global Conservation Practice

Laura Johnson, Harvard Bullard Fellow

Each month, we feature research by one of Harvard Forest's Charles Bullard Fellows. This month, we're highlighting Laura Johnson, who over the past three decades has served as a land conservationist working first with The Nature Conservancy, and then as president of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Johnson's project as a Bullard Fellow reflects on the influential tools and practices

March 31, 2014

Special Event: Merging Conservation and Agriculture in New England

On Friday, April 11, Harvard Forest hosted a special public event on conservation and agriculture in New England.


10:00am: New England Food Vision
Brian Donahue (Brandeis University)
Find out more about the New England Food Vision, which is, in part, an extension of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision

March 18, 2014

Providing Support in Our Own Backyard

HF oak donation to Country Store

The Harvard Forest is home to science and education programs that benefit the region and the world, but we also recognize our role as part of a rural community in Central Massachusetts. Recent contributions to local enterprise include:

  • A $5,000 donation to the East Quabbin Land Trust for their efforts to renovate and reopen the Petersham Country Store, as well as
March 17, 2014

2014 Annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

Uvularia sessilifolia

The 25th annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium is Tuesday, March 18, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Fisher Museum at the Harvard Forest. 

View the recorded lectures

(2-3 minutes to load program; navigate to individual talks using lefthand toolbar)

Please contact Audrey Barker

March 10, 2014

Harvard Forest Woods Crew Leader Honored with Dean's Distinction

John Wisnewski with Dean Smith

John Wisnewski, long-time leader of the Harvard Forest Woods Crew, was honored this month with a Dean's Distinction award for his service to the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) in 2013. He was one of just 35 individual awardees selected for distinction out of thousands of Harvard FAS employees.

In 2013, Wisnewski spearheaded the implementation of

March 10, 2014

2 Open Positions with the Science Policy Exchange

Science Policy Exchange wordmark

NOTE: All positions have now been filled.

As part of the Harvard Forest's commitment to building programs that connect science, communication, and policy outreach, recently we have helped to launch the Science Policy Exchange, which now seeks to fill two open positions