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December 1, 2007

New grant for climate change research

The Department of Energy has awarded $3.4 Million to a four-university consortium that includes Harvard University's Harvard Forest, North Carolina State, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Vermont for a four-year study of the effects of climate change on the ecological dynamics of ants and other soil invertebrates. In early 2008, ten 5-meter (16-foot) diameter open-top chambers will

December 1, 2007

Centennial Edition - New England Forests Through Time

NE Forests Through Time Cover

The Harvard Forest Centennial Edition (1907-2007) reprinting of New England Forests Through Time: Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas is now available. Along with the diorama illustrations and interpretations that made the first printing so popular, this edition contains a new preface, "Forests Past, Present, and Future", and updated "Suggested Further Readings." Copies can be purchased. 

December 1, 2007

New Harvard Forest Publications: New England Old Growth Characteristics, Mapping, and Influence on Management Decisions

Tony D'Amato, former REU and recent Ph.D. graduate, produced an outreach pamphlet with Paul Catanzaro that introduces the habitat features of old-growth forests, outlines management options and resources for restoring these features to woodlands, and discusses the opportunities to obtain economic and ecological benefits from second-growth forests. Management strategies range from hands-off approaches to active management practices and can be

November 1, 2007

2007-2008 Charles Bullard Fellows

Harvard Forest is pleased to announce the 2007-2008 Charles Bullard Fellows in Forest Research. The purpose of this fellowship program, established in 1962, is to support advanced research and study by persons who show promise of making important contributions, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry defined in its broadest sense as the human use and study of forested environments.


November 1, 2007

Richard Hale Goodwin - Memorial Reflection

My first reflection on Dick's accomplishments is that his career and life were so diverse, so wide-reaching and so darn long that few people came to know more than even a small percentage of his greatness. An excerpt by David Foster, Director of Harvard Forest, former student and friend. Read the entire memorial reflection. 

November 1, 2007

Renewable Energy at Harvard Forest

Harvard Forest solar panels

A new renewable energy source was recently commissioned at Harvard Forest. In mid-July 2007, Moss Hollow, LLC (Lunenburg, MA) completed installation of a 10KW solar array next to the new Facilities Barn. Support for this $100,000 project included grants from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Small Renewables Initiative and Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fund; the balance was

October 1, 2007

New Harvard Forest Publications

The analysis of stomata in lake-sediment cores is increasingly used as a paleoecological tool. Stomata are less likely than pollen grains to be dispersed over long distances, and thus stomate records supplement and enhance interpretations based on pollen data by providing information about patterns and composition of local vegetation. We have conducted the first study of this type in New

October 1, 2007

New Large-scale Experiment at the Harvard Forest: Early Successional Habitat Dynamics in Former Plantations

The Harvard Forest plans to harvest about 100 acres of mature plantation forests in Winter 2007-2008 in order to terminate these Clearcut 16along term experiments, regenerate a diversity of native tree species, restore native forests to these sites, and initiate a new suite of long term experiments. For the next 10-15 years, the harvested

October 1, 2007

Fall Foliage - 2007

The photographs below show foliage color at the end of September in 2005, 2006, and 2007 at the edge of the pasture adjacent to the headquarters of the Harvard Forest. The following presentation shows the progression of foliage from 2005 thru 2007. 




September 1, 2007

New Harvard Forest Publication: Fire Impact on Ant Communities

Harvard Forest Senior Research Fellow Aaron Ellison and colleagues at the University of Tennessee, University of Vermont, and Humbold State University examined patterns of co-occurrence of ant species in forests and wetlands in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon and California that were burned by the Biscuit Fire in 2001. They found that the "assembly rules" acting on these ant communities