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February 24, 2014

New Guide Helps Ecologists Model Population Dynamics

Record and colleagues

Understanding how processes of growth, birth, and death influence species population size is key to managing populations of conservation concern. In a new paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Harvard Forest Research Associate Sydne Record and colleagues from an international working group (pictured at left) from the Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research provide

February 18, 2014

Tracking Seasonal Change Using Digital Photography

Phenocam

A growing number of researchers, including Harvard Forest collaborator Andrew Richardson, are using automated digital cameras to study seasonal change in the forest canopy. As climate warms, the timing of leaf emergence in the spring and leaf-drop in autumn are in rapid flux, increasing scientists' need to precisely pinpoint and follow these seasonal changes.

In a new

February 14, 2014

Registration Open: LANDIS-II Training

Registration is open for a multi-day LANDIS-II training at Harvard Forest (April 8-10, 2014). The LANDIS-II model simulates forest succession, disturbance (including fire, wind, harvest, insects), climate change, and seed dispersal across large landscapes. Workshop topics will include parameterization, simulating landscapes, and analyzing outputs.

Instructors:  Melissa Lucash, Harvard Forest post-doctoral fellow Matthew Duveneck, and

February 10, 2014

Bullard Spotlight: Pamela Templer and Winter Climate Change

Pamela Templer

This year, a new highlight series will showcase research by Harvard Forest's Charles Bullard Fellows, who come to the Forest for up to a year to contribute, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry defined in its broadest sense as the human use and study of forested environments.

This month, we're highlighting Pamela Templer, who is spending 2013-2014 jointly as

January 22, 2014

Harvard Forest Dedicates New Biomass Heat Facility

Harvard Forest biomass facility

On January 21, an open house at the Forest celebrated the dedication of a new, super-efficient thermal biomass system that heats the campus's 5 main buildings using wood harvested from Harvard Forest land. Leaders from Harvard's Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the Massachusetts Senate, the US Forest Service, and the Mass. Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

January 21, 2014

Senior Ecologist Presents Biodiversity Keynote

HF Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison recently delivered the keynote lecture at the 5th Biennial Nantucket Biodiversity Research Conference. The conference emphasizes the Islands' unique role as "living laboratories" for nature's experiments in ecology and evolution. Ellison discussed the biodiversity of the ants of New England's islands, and illustrated some new ways of thinking about the relationships between people

December 11, 2013

New Study Reveals Promise and Peril of Land-Use Decisions

CT River Valley

A groundbreaking study released today by the Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change. 

The good news is that the research shows alternatives exist for

December 9, 2013

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Note: applications closed Feb. 7, 2014.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program, an opportunity for college and university students across the U.S. to participate in 11 weeks (May 26-August 8, 2014) of paid, independent research with mentors from Harvard and other leading institutions. 2014 research projects focus on the ecological dimensions

December 9, 2013

Forest Soil Respiration: A 22-Year Analysis

summer students soil respiration

Through respiration and photosynthesis, terrestrial soils and plants control 1/6 of all carbon present in the atmosphere. Results from more than 100,000 individual measurements of forest soil respiration, conducted at the Harvard Forest by scientists from 8 institutions over 22 years, casts new light on how carbon cycles through these complex plant and soil systems. The research team

November 27, 2013

Arts & Science Merge in Harvard Forest Winter Break Week

HWA studies at Winter Break

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Harvard Forest Winter Break Week (Jan. 19-24), an immersive, interdisciplinary opportunity for Harvard students to explore the Harvard Forest landscape. Daily hands-on workshops and field trips led by scientists, artists, and writers will offer students a variety of perspectives on real-world ecological and conservation topics. This program is made possible at

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