Summary & Interesting Facts
- 1907 – established as a forestry school -> grew non-native species mostly
- 5 tracts of forest (~ 1500 acres)
- 1 of 24 long term ecological research sites in US
- Typical North East deciduous forest in North America
- Initial Primary Focus = Study Natural systems vs Systems affected by people
- After WWII: Focus shifted to studying effects of disturbances on the forest and recovery rates.
- Largest Nitrogen addition experiment going on at Harvard Forest!
- Eddy Covariance tower at Harvard Forest is used to measure CO2 exchange between the forest and the atmosphere. Used to determine carbon credits.
- 1% of total NSF budget is being used on Undergraduate studies! (~70 mil)
- Students paid $550/week to do an internship during the summer! Applicant pool is mostly composed of women (over 75%).
Should you apply for this program?
- Research based learning proven to be very effective
- Students show mixed responses before and after the study period
- Research skills improved in most students and they became more team oriented and confident in their own abilities
- Interesting fact = after the summer program on avg. 50% change their career plans!
- You can find the student research blog here and you can find more info on Prof. Aaron Ellison here!
- It is good for professors and other faculty members since they collect a lot of data from the students
- Fun fact: Aaron Ellison does NOT look at your GPA when reviewing your application but he does look at the courses you have taken in your undergraduate study period.
- Fun fact #2: Control group is missing from this program! Aaron Ellison is open to ideas on how to establish control groups that can be monitored for a long time.