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February 21, 2018

HF Grad Students Present Science in Real Life

Collecting leaves from canopy

Jess Gersony, a graduate student in the Holbrook lab of Harvard's Organismic & Evolutionary Biology (OEB) department, discussed her Harvard Forest-based research in a new episode of 'Science in Real Life' on YouTube this month. Fellow OEB graduate student Molly Edwards launched the YouTube channel with a grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists, with

February 12, 2018

News from Capitol Hill: SPE Leader Presents Co-Benefits of Power Plant Standards

Kathy Fallon Lambert speaks to Policy Makers

Kathy Fallon Lambert, Director of the Science Policy Exchange, led a team of scientists that gave a briefing to the U.S. House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) on the air quality, health, and environmental consequences of different types of power plant carbon standards. The briefing, held in Washington DC on February 6, 2018, featured a

February 9, 2018

Harvard Forest Director Receives Book Award in Environmental Science

David Foster - Author of A Meeting of Land and Sea

At its annual Prose Awards luncheon on February 8 in Washington D.C., the American Association of Publishers announced that a new book by HF Director David FosterA Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard, was awarded their 2018 prize for Environmental Science.

The PROSE Awards annually recognize the best in professional and scholarly

January 22, 2018

Data from Art: Hemlock Hospice Starts Yielding Results

Hemlock Hospice Wordle

Based on the visitor log at the Harvard Forest Hemlock Hospice art exhibition, more than 500 people have viewed its 18 installations since the October 7 opening. Many of these visitors also have contributed to the exhibition by leaving messages on ribbons tied to the "Exchange Tree."Trees are Wise Message Now,

January 16, 2018

Reproducibility in Ecological Research

Figure from Nature Ecology and Evolution

How can we improve the reproducibility of ecological experiments? In a paper published this month in Nature Ecology and Evolution, an international team led by Alex Milcu that included HF Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison showed that a deliberate introduction of controlled systematic variability (CSV) in experimental designs may increase the reproducibility of experiments done at multiple sites

January 11, 2018

New Book About Carnivorous Plants

Front Cover Carnivorous Plants, edited by Aaron Ellison

Researchers from around the world, led by HF Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison, have just published a major scientific synthesis on the physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology of carnivorous plants.

Until now, there have only been three major scientific treatments of what Charles Darwin called “the most wonderful plants in the world.” Darwin himself wrote the first one

December 11, 2017

Boston Globe Features Hemlock Hospice Art Installation

Fast Forward - Hemlock Hospice Installation by David Buckley Borden

Harvard Forest and its Hemlock Hospice Art Installation was recently highlighted in the Boston Globe. The exhibit's elegy to the hemlock is described by Renée Loth in this excerpt: 

"Part sculpture, part pedagogy, part citizen science, the project speaks largely in artistic metaphor. But the popular Black Gum trail really is off-limits to the public, because its towering eastern hemlock trees

December 4, 2017

2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Program

2016 Summer Student Alex Widstrand inspects the above-canopy tram. Photo by Lauren Ebels.

Applications are now open for the 2018 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program, an opportunity for college and university students across the U.S. to participate in 11 weeks (May 21-August 3, 2018) of paid, independent research with mentors from Harvard and other leading institutions.

2018 research projects cover many academic disciplines, including ecology, biogeochemistry, computer science, conservation, history, and engineering.
Research

October 25, 2017

New Insights on Forests in a Changing Climate

How will climate change affect New England forests over the next century? According to a series of new studies from HF Senior Ecologist Jonathan Thompson's lab, the answer is a mixed bag. In some respects, climate will exert an even greater impact than we thought: longer growing seasons will mean more tree growth and carbon storage. In other ways, climate

October 24, 2017

Conservation Leader to Offer Public Seminar

On November 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fisher Museum, national conservation leader Rand Wentworth will offer a free public seminar on best practices for leadership in the complex process of conserving land. The event is open to the public, and especially geared towards community leaders, landowners, conservationists, and students.

Wentworth is the Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in

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