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January 4, 2023

Winter Interns Arrive to Advance Harvard Forest Research

Students and mentors pose for a photo

This winter, seven wonderful students are working with Harvard Forest researchers to advance projects that include amplifying local indigenous voices, creating an environmental history database spanning over 300 years, examining microclimates in declining hemlock stands, and increasing the accessibility of online resources for teachers participating in Harvard Forest's Schoolyard Ecology program. The team of interns includes Andrea Foo (Harvard Graduate

December 16, 2022

New Code of Conduct Outlines Values, Resources, and Expectations

a group of scientist walk down a forest trail in winter with sparse snow on the ground

A new Harvard Forest Code of Conduct is the culmination of a year-long, iterative process by staff and research fellows to define community expectations and values. The process began with a community-wide workshop by the ADVANCEGeo Partnership. With input from follow-on workshops and surveys, a committee of five staffers and research fellows - Dominick Sullivan, Shersingh

December 14, 2022

Design Sprint with Harvard Graduate School of Education: Student clubs collaborate on resource reorganization

Harvard School of Graduate Education students work on design ideas

On Wednesday, December 7th, the Harvard Forest Education and Outreach team co-sponsored a design sprint with the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s UI/UX and Students for Climate Justice clubs. The group spent the evening coming up with potential solutions for reorganizing the Teacher Resource page on the Forest's Schoolyard Ecology website to make it easier for teachers

December 9, 2022

Freshman Seminar Course Culminates with Student Symposium

Freshman Seminar students pose at a stream during a field visit

Marking the bittersweet end to a semester of field trips to Harvard Forest's 4,000-acre classroom, students from Harvard University's Freshman Seminar Course "Global Change Ecology: Forests, Ecosystem Function, and the Future" presented final projects on December 5. Over the course of the semester, students learned about the critical role that forests play in a changing climate, with an immersive

December 6, 2022

Applications Open for 2023 Summer Research Program in Ecology

Students and proctors from the 2022 research program stand at Harvard Forest's campus.

Applications are now open for the Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology. Each summer, this immersive 11-week research experience hosts approximately 20 undergraduate students who live at Harvard Forest and conduct site-based research at the forefront of ecology under the mentorship of an affiliated scientist. Next year, the program will run from May 22 –

December 1, 2022

Harvard Forest Seeks New Director

evening sunlight filters through a forest edge, with green leaves glowing gold

Harvard has launched the search for the next Director of Harvard Forest, who will also be a Tenured Professor of Terrestrial Ecology in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard.

Learn more about the position and apply at

December 1, 2022

Teachers Welcome: Schoolyard Ecology Winter Data Workshop

Mentors Ann Lewis and Betsy Colburn work on computers with 3 Schoolyard Ecology teachers in a conference room.

Friday, January 13th, 2023 8:30 am - 3 pm 

We are very excited to announce the return of our in-person Winter Data Workshop! This full-day workshop is open to all K12 teachers in the Schoolyard Ecology Program, and includes all study projects. Several tracks are available according to teachers' level of experience working with ecology data, spanning from novice to

October 25, 2022

Report: New England Forests Can Do More to Combat Climate Change

Report cover

New England’s forests are an underrated asset in the fight against climate change, already sequestering the equivalent of 14 percent of carbon emissions across the six states and capable of much more. Through a menu of complementary strategies, forests could sequester at least 20 percent of carbon emissions while also enhancing critical co-benefits such as cleaner air and water, greater

October 24, 2022

Landscape Modeling Workshop Blends Approaches to Projecting Forest Change

Researchers stand in front of Shaler Hall

On October 19 and 20, 2022, Harvard Forest hosted a landscape modeling workshop centered on the LANDIS model. LANDIS - short for LAndscape DIsturbance and Succession - is a model that has been widely applied by Harvard Forest in the context of future forest conditions, alternative future scenarios, carbon storage, and other pressing policy issues for the state of Massachusetts

October 20, 2022

New Grant: Seeing and Hearing Indigenous Voices on the Land

a trail sign that says "What Does it Mean to be Seen and Heard?"

A team of Harvard Forest scientists, Nipmuc leaders, Indigenous students, and educators has received a Culture Lab Innovation Fund grant to amplify the voices of local Indigenous communities and to enhance a sense of belonging for all Indigenous community members at Harvard. Led by Nipmuc leaders and Harvard Forest postdoc S. Joseph Tumber-Dávila, To Be