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Harvard Forest Summer Research in Ecology projects 2015

Harvard Forest research focuses on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global warming, hurricanes, forest harvesting, and invasive organisms. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges.

Beginning in 2010, a number of the research projects are Group projects. These group projects reflect the collaborative spirit and enterprise in which contemporary ecological and environmental research take place. Each group will consist of 2 or 3 students working collaboratively with 2 or 3 mentors as a single team of 4-6 researchers. Each group project has an over-arching interdisciplinary theme, and because of the interdisciplinary nature of each group project, we don't expect that either students or mentors will have expertise in all aspects of the project. All group projects have a data-fusion component, and will involve linking data collected in the field with statistical analysis and environmental forecasting models.

Within each group project, students will work with mentors on, and take ownership of, clearly identified sub-projects. At the same time, we intend that students and mentors work together on all aspects of the group project. To ensure that sub-projects remain integrated in the larger context, all members of a project team will meet together at least once each week.

View all projects offered for the Summer Research in Ecology for Undergraduates Program

Projects Sorted by Category

Invasive Plants, Pests & Pathogens
Physiological Ecology, Population Dynamics, and Species Interactions
Watershed Ecology
Large Experiments and Permanent Plot Studies
Historical and Retrospective Studies
Conservation and Management
Forest-Atmosphere Exchange
Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics
Biodiversity Studies
Ecological Informatics and Modelling
Group Projects