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August 22, 2023

Research in Action: Thompson Lab & Massachusetts' Carbon Accounting

The Thompson Lab at Harvard Forest is working with the state to implement their new Forest as Climate Solutions initiative. As part of this work, Harvard Forest’s Director of Research Jonathan Thompson serves on a committee with the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to shape the development of new forest management practices

August 16, 2023

Matthes Lab Awarded $1M to Study Methane Dynamics

Photo shows 2023 intern Fernando Migueleña measuring methane in soil at Harvard Forest.

Harvard Forest senior scientist Dr. Jackie Matthes was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the US Department of Energy's Environmental System Science Program entitled "Cross-Scale Methane Dynamics at Terrestrial-Aquatic Interfaces in Temperate Forests." In this project, the Matthes Lab at Harvard Forest will work with Dr. Missy Holbrook and Dr. Charles Harvey from

August 15, 2023

30th Annual Symposium Highlights Student Research Accomplishments

Photo shows Sam Jurado giving a research presentation at the 2023 Symposium.

Marking the culmination of nearly three months with Harvard Forest's Summer Research Program in Ecology, 21 undergraduate students recently presented on their research at Harvard Forest's 30th Annual Student Symposium. Student researchers presented on topics such as carbon storage and modeling, the impacts of introduced species on culturally important plants, soil warming and its effects on belowground

August 1, 2023

Applications now open: Bullard Fellowships in Forest Research

Photo shows researchers conducting fieldwork during a Bullard Fellowhsip

Harvard Forest is now accepting applications to its Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research program for 2024-2025. Awarded to a limited number of individuals representing a variety of disciplines and approaches to the study of forested ecosystems, these full-time residential fellowships allow individuals to foster their scientific and professional growth and to contribute to research on forests at Harvard.

July 17, 2023

Bullard Spotlight: Forest Fires in the Eastern U.S. with Mike Stambaugh

Photo shows Stambaugh working with a group of fire managers and scientists from throughout the northeastern U.S. on the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont

This summer, heavy smoke from forest fires in Canada has reminded many of us of the potential for fires, the history of fire management, and importance of fires to ecosystems processes– even in the eastern part of the country. For Michael Stambaugh, the narrative of changing fire regimes has been of interest for decades, where his research and documentation of

June 29, 2023

Diversifying Partnerships in the Face of Forest Threats: New Research on EAB Management

Photo shows larval galleries of the emerald ash borer (by Dave Orwig)

By Emily Johnson

As climate change challenges the resilience of our forests, the presence of nonindigenous insects and pathogens will continue to threaten the existence of certain trees and the lifeways they support. Thanks in part to a USDA NIFA Critical Research and Extension Program grant, Harvard Forest researcher Dave Orwig partnered with experts throughout the northeast, including

June 27, 2023

Schoolyard Ecology Summer Institute for Educators: August 22-23

Photo shows Schoolyard Ecology instructors examining a plant

Come join us this summer to train on a Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology project or dive deep into utilizing our Witness Tree project to enhance climate learning in your classroom!

Register here!

Day 1 - Tuesday, August 22nd: Project Training deep dives (Choose 1)

  • Hemlock Wooley Adelgid Invasive Species Monitoring Study
  • Our Changing Forests Study
  • Buds, Leaves, and Global Warming Phenology
June 21, 2023

Aerial exploration: Research on the management of Maine's north woods

Photo shows the seaplane used for the flyover

By Lynda Mapes, Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellow

The northern forest of Maine is unique – some ten million acres of forestland that is mostly privately owned, and never converted to agriculture or development other than for forestry. This is a young forest. Outside of parks, nearly all the old growth of this forest was cut long ago and the rest

June 13, 2023

Bullard Spotlight: Michael Dietze on Harvard Forest's Carbon Cycle Forecasting

Driven by a variety of factors across space, time, and processes, the predictability of the carbon cycle helps decision-makers improve forest monitoring and better understand changes in ecosystem services. During his Bullard Fellowship, Michael Dietze - who runs the Ecological Forecasting Lab at Boston University - is laying the foundation for future research that improves carbon forecasting

May 31, 2023

New Report Offers First Ever Accounting of Forever-Wild Land

A bull moose drinks from Sandy Stream Pond in Maine in autumn

While 81% of the land in New England is forested, only 3.3% of that land has been legally protected as forever-wild: land that can never be developed or logged and thus holds an unmatched capacity to store carbon, protect biodiversity, and sustain the lives of plants, animals, and humans.

A new report co-authored by scientists at Harvard Forest, Highstead Foundation,