2016

December

  • Andrew presented results from the first year of PhenoCam data at the SPRUCE experiment in the phenology session at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. As always, it was great to see old friends (including Markus Reichstein, Paul Stoy, Dario Papale, Dave Moore, & Rodrigo Vargas) and former lab members (Trevor Keenan, Youngryel Ryu, and Min Chen)! Andrew and Rodrigo snapped their annual photo with President Margaret Leinen.
  • Andrew was in Hawaii before AGU, and he spent two days working with researchers from the USDA Forest Service’s Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo and the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He toured the Laupahoehoe Forest, situated on the northeast slopes of Mauna Kea, and scouted potential grassland sites for PhenoCam installations near Kona and Waimea. Thanks to Adam Sibley, Susan Cordell, Rob Hamnett, and Ryan Mudd for a couple of great days in the field!
  • Morgan made a quick run to the SPRUCE project in northern Minnesota to collect samples for NSC analysis. Despite arriving at the start of a massive snowstorm, she was able to successfully collect woody tissue samples from within each of the 10 chambers at the site.
  • Morgan, with the help of David and Bruna, collected over 100 tree cores at Harvard Forest for future radiocarbon analysis.
  • Ian Breckheimer, a PhD student with Janneke Hille Ris Lambers at the University of Washington, is visiting the lab for the next 6 months.

November

  • We had a pre-Thanksgiving lab happy hour. There were two highlights to this get-together. First, Barry Logan (Bowdoin), who is a collaborator on the Niwot Ridge project, happened to be on campus and was able to drop by and join the festivities. Second, we enjoyed some fine cheeses, most notably Jasper Hill “Harbison”, which is unique for being aged in a wrapping of spruce cambium. This apparently contributes to its “woodsy and sweet” taste profile!
  • The PhenoCam Network will be archiving, processing and streaming imagery from the cameras deployed at 47 terrestrial sites and 34 aquatic sites operated by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).
  • Koen attended the Northeast Regional Phenology Network meeting, which was held at the AMC’s Highlands Center in Crawford Notch.
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  • Andrew and Koen flew to Denver, Colorado and drove up to Boulder for a meeting at NEON, where Andrew gave a seminar on “What we are learning from PhenoCam.” Then they went to Fort Collins to attend the CEOS Working Group on Calibration and Validation “Vegetation Index and Land Surface Phenology Workshop” at USGS. This meeting provided an excellent opportunity to highlight how the soon-to-be-finished PhenoCam dataset can contribute to land product validation. At this point, Koen returned to Cambridge while Andrew ventured on to Utah. After a quick weekend “hike and packraft” trip in Canyonlands National Park, Andrew spent a couple of days at the University of Utah, where his host was Dave Bowling (coordinator of the Niwot Ridge project). Andrew gave a talk on PhenoCam in the Global Change & Sustainability Center’s seminar series. Read the GCSC blog post here.
  • Margaret presented an invited talk at Brown University in the Department of Computer Science entitled “Data science, the environment, and the future of our natural world.” It was attended by a diverse group of students interested in both computer science and ecology.
  • We had the annual lab retreat at the Bartlett Experimental Forest! The bunkhouse kitchen was a flurry of activity all weekend long. Additionally, Koen organized a Raspberry Pi workshop, Bruna and Veronika taught salsa dancing, and Andrew led a nature hike through the woods. Andrew and Mariah hosted Saturday happy hour at their house in Intervale, where we played Hammerschlagen and pingpong. Check out the video!
  • David presented his phenology work in a seminar at Harvard Forest.

October

  • Koen’s Virtual Forest project is getting a lot of online coverage, with nice pieces in Motherboard , Hackaday, and the Raspberry Pi blog, among others. Great job, Koen!
  • The PhenoCam project was mentioned in two NYT articles, one about the science of fall colors, and the other about climate change impacts on fall color .
  • Aaron Viser, a Harvard College sophomore, is helping out in the lab. He has become an expert at grinding Meghan’s Populus samples.
  • Brent Helliker (Penn), a collaborator on the thermal imaging project, visited to conduct reflectance measurements on a variety of C3 and C4 grass species using the lab’s UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometer and integrating sphere.
  • Meghan gave a talk to the New England Botanical Club titled "Preserving plants in the face of pests: Lessons learned in Cornwall and Devon", about her work with the National Trust and threats plants face at home today from invasive pests and disease.
  • We toured the HMNH Glass Flowers with Jenny Brown, Collection Manager of the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants. Later in the day we had a lab happy hour. Thanks to Jenny for a super tour!
  • Andrew was named a Highly Cited Researcher for 2016 by ISI/Thompson Reuters in two fields: Environment/Ecology and Agricultural Sciences.
  • Kris Covey (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies) visited the lab and gave the HUH seminar on his work related to methane in trees. After Kris’s talk, we went for the usual sushi lunch. Later in the day we had a lab happy hour in honor of Kris’s visit.

September

  • Andrew made a quick trip to Colorado to re-install one of our thermal cameras on the Niwot Ridge AmeriFlux tower. The camera had been misbehaving since a thunderstorm in July. Field assistance was provided by Sean Burns (CU Boulder) and Andrew’s longtime friend Craig Sovka, a geologist in Denver. Thanks, guys!
  • Former postdoc Oliver Sonnentag (Montreal) visited the lab and gave the HUH seminar on his work in the Canadian subarctic. Oliver’s seminar was followed by a sushi lunch and happy hour.
  • Justin Maxwell (Indiana) visited the lab and give the HUH seminar on his tree-ring work.
  • Veronika Ceballos, a PhD student with Carlos Sierra at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, is visiting the lab for the semester. Welcome, Veronika!
  • Don dropped by and joined us for the first lab meeting of the year.
  • PhenoCam collaborator Adam Sibley is installing a new camera at the Laupahoehoe site on the Big Island in Hawaii. The photo shows a view of the canopy, which is a mix of koa and ohia.

August

  • Fall semester classes started on August 31 – welcome back to Cambridge, everyone! This semester, Andrew is co-teaching OEB 10, Foundations of Biological Diversity, with Prof. Brian Farrell and Prof. Elena Kramer as the co-instructors and Collin Johnson as preceptor. Andrew is the also the lead instructor for OEB 210, Writing Scientific Papers, with Ambika Kamath as TF.
  • Morgan traveled to Minnesota for end-of-summer sampling at the SPRUCE experiment.
  • Meghan returned to Oregon for additional sampling of poplar trees at the Corvallis and Clatskanie common gardens run by DOE.
  • Meghan attended the PalEON Summer Course, “Assimilating long term data into ecosystem models,” which was held at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin.
  • Margaret gave two talks at the 2016 ESA Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale. In a session on spatial analysis she presented work on crowdsourcing and deep learning titled “Two solutions to large-scale ecological image processing,” while in a session on early NEON science she gave an Ignite talk titled “Scaling up terrestrial plant phenology.”
  • Margaret’s paper, “Season Spotter: Using citizen science to validate and scale plant phenology from near-surface remote sensing,” has been accepted for publication in a special issue on citizen science and earth observation in the open-access journal Remote Sensing. Congratulations!
  • Andrew is coauthor on the paper by Matthias Bauman, “Phenology from Landsat when data is scarce: using MODIS and Dynamic Time-warping to combine multi-year Landsat imagery to derive annual phenology curves,” which has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation.
  • Mariah’s paper, on which Andrew and former lab postdoc Min Chen are coauthors, “Constrained partitioning of autotrophic and heterotrophic respiration reduces model uncertainties of forest ecosystem carbon fluxes but not stocks,” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences.
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  • Stephen Chan and Sigrid Dengel from the AmeriFlux Tech Team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory traveled to the Bartlett Experimental Forest to set up their roving eddy covariance instruments for a QA/QC site visit. Andrew showed Stephen and Sigrid around the site and helped with the setup. The photos show Stephen climbing the tower (L) and the view from the top (R) on what was a beautiful summer day.

July

  • Morgan visited the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in Richmond, Australia to work with former SIRFERs John Drake (on left), Elise Pendall (on right), Mark Tjoekler, and others. They conducted a pulse labeling experiment to investigate the carbon allocation of Eucalyptus parramattensis in warmed whole-tree chambers (middle photo). Her work is funded by the Hawkesbury's Research-In-Residence Program, NSF's GROW program, and NSF's ITCE grant which she was awarded by University of Utah's IsoCamp. While in Australia, Morgan also worked on a side project on the feeding behavior of koala bears, and she had the chance to do some rock climbing in the Blue Mountains.
  • David Basler, from the University of Basel (where he worked with Günter Hoch and Christian Körner), arrived on campus as a postdoc in the lab for the next two years. In his first year, David will be supported by a Bullard Fellowship from Harvard Forest, while in his second year he will be supported by an Early Post-doc Mobility Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. David will be working on tree phenology at Harvard Forest and the Arnold Arboretum, and he plans to conduct both observational and experimental studies, which will inform phenological model development and parameterization.
  • Steve and former lab postdoc Trevor Keenan are coauthors on Laura Meredith's (University of Arizona) Harvard Forest study, “Ecosystem fluxes of hydrogen in a mid-latitude forest driven by soil microorganisms and plants,” which was accepted for publication in Global Change Biology.
  • Andrew and Bob Evans met up at the Bartlett tower for a day of maintenance. This time, the sonic anemometer needed to be replaced because of a bad transducer.
  • Don’s magnum opus on thermal imaging of plant canopies, “Continuous, long-term, high-frequency thermal imaging of vegetation: Uncertainties and recommended best practices” has been accepted for publication in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. It is already one of the most downloaded articles in the last 90 days. Congratulations, Don!
  • Don has moved to a new research job in the private sector. He is now working with Physical Sciences Inc., in Andover, MA, but looks forward to the potential for future collaborations with the Richardson lab.

June

  • Andrew and Bob Evans met up at the Bartlett tower for a day of maintenance, including replacing the sampling tubes for the gas analyzer.
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  • Together with Jeff Morisette (USGS) and Jake Weltzin (USA-National Phenology Network), Andrew organized a workshop on cross-scale phenological data integration, which was held at Harvard at the end of June. Almost 20 attendees (L) met for two days to discuss how phenocam data can be used as a bridge between ground observations and remote sensing, and how resource management and monitoring can benefit from integrating phenological data across different scales (R, showing Jake sketching out a conceptual plan). After the workshop, we had a field trip to tour Harvard Forest, which included a visit with John O’Keefe, a UAV demonstration by Steve, lunch at the Petersham Country Store, and an ascent of the new hardwood walk-up tower. It was a fun and productive meeting, and thanks to all the attendees for their participation.
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  • Andrew Friend and Tim Tito Rademacher, from the University of Cambridge (“The ‘Original’ Cambridge”), visited the lab to refine research plans for a future experiment. With Andrew R., the visitors toured Harvard Forest to scout out potential sites for the experiment, and also explored Bartlett Experimental Forest, hiked in the White Mountains, and ate lobster.
  • Koen reported on the success of Jungle Rhythms at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) 2016 meeting in Montpellier, France. Koen’s presentation on focused on classification accuracy, and how citizen science enabled to fast digitization of vast amounts of legacy data.
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  • Andrew did some maintenance at the Bartlett tower, including using the Lab’s fancy new portable gas standard kit to check the calibration of the flux system’s IRGA. Unfortunately, efforts (L) to re-establish connections to the original Bartlett PhenoCam (an Axis 211 model camera which had recorded almost 30,000 images since it was first installed at the site on October 4, 2005) were unsuccessful. The final image (R) upload to the PhenoCam archive occurred at 1:19 PM on June 9, 2016.
  • Liz Rao, a rising junior at Brown University, will be helping Morgan in the laboratory this summer to process samples for nonstructural carbohydrates analysis. Welcome, Liz!
  • Morgan attended the first ever Phys-Fest at the Konza Biological Field Station in Kansas. Thirty students from across the country convened to learn plant physiology techniques and to characterize the diurnal physiological variability within tallgrass prairie plant species. Morgan's group also spearheaded an effort to create short teaching videos for the Phys-Fest YouTube channel .
  • Morgan and Meghan traveled to Edmonton, Canada, to work with Pak Chow and Simon Landhausser at the University of Alberta. They learned more efficient ways to process samples for nonstructural carbohydrate analysis and they gave a joint talk on their research.
  • Emma learned how to use the microtome to section wood samples, and she made her first red maple slide!
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  • Meghan made a quick trip to Oregon to collect roots, stems, and branches of 12 geographically diverse poplar populations growing at a common garden in Corvallis. Her sampling included collecting replicates from three genetically identical individuals to understand different sources of variation in NSC storage.
  • Almost everyone was able to be present for the 2016 Richardson Lab Photo! From left: Andrew, Meghan, Liz, Emma, Bruna, Morgan, Margaret, Koen, Don and Graham. Missing are Julie, Steve, John O’Keefe, and Alatna (who refused to participate).
  • Julie Shoemaker (former lab postdoc and now Assistant Professor at Lesley University) is back with the lab for the summer. She will be continuing her work on methane fluxes at Howland Forest.
  • Graham accepted a position in the Department of Biology at Boston University as a Research Assistant Professor. Congratulations, Graham!
  • Steve helped HUH librarians Lisa DeCesare and Jessica Camhi create an exhibit on historical and contemporary modes of phenology observation. It will be on display in the Herbaria through September.
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  • Bruna (L) and Margaret (R) took a Tower Climber and Rescue training class with Bob Evans at the USDA Forest Service in Durham, NH.
  • Andrew and Mariah hosted the pre-party (large amounts of cheese, strawberries, and prosecco were consumed) before the Lab’s end-of-year dinner at the Hops Test Kitchen in Inman Square. We celebrated Andrew’s promotion and said farewell to Graham and Don. Special thanks to John O’Keefe for coming all the way from central Massachusetts for the party!

May

  • Morgan traveled to Irvine, California for two weeks to prepare samples for radiocarbon (14C) analysis of sugars. She worked with collaborators in the Czimczik lab at UC Irvine and also gave a presentation on her work on nonstructural carbohydrates while there.
  • Meghan and Blake (Pierce Lab) hosted their first happy hour as the department’s G3 reps!
  • Margaret's paper “Assessing data quality in citizen science” was accepted for publication by Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
  • Former lab postdoc Trevor Keenan, now at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, visited former lab postdoc Min Chen at the Carnegie Institution.
  • The month of May got off to a great start: on May Day, Department Chair John Wakeley announced that Harvard President Drew Faust had approved Andrew’s promotion to full professor with tenure. Hoooooray!!! This led to several days of celebration and revelry. Alatna was the driving force behind festivities in Union Square, where we enjoyed local beers at the Independent and then sampled pork products and German beers at Bronwyn. The photo on the right shows Andrew, Alatna, Graham and Bruna wearing the party beads that Alatna and Mariah brought for everyone.
  • Andrew went to the SPRUCE “All Hands” meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota and gave a talk on the effects of experimental warming treatments on vegetation phenology, as seen by PhenoCam. Before the meeting he spent an afternoon at the Cedar Creek LTER with Rebecca Montgomery from the University of Minnesota. Andrew set up a local FTP server to temporarily archive images until Rebecca can get the communication system improved. (Left) Andrew at Cedar Creek; (Right) Official SPRUCE meeting group photo. Andrew is near the top right.
  • Andrew visited Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and gave a talk on some of the lab’s research projects.
  • Koen gave a seminar at Woods Hole MBL, covering his phenology research from the arctic to the tropics.
  • Meghan and Margaret presented posters at the annual Plant Biology Symposium at the Arnold Arboretum.

April

  • Andrew, Dave Hollinger, Scott Ollinger and Sarah Garlick hosted their third and final “Science Pub Night” at the Sea Dog Brewery in North Conway. Lynn Christensen from Vassar was the featured speaker. The event was again a huge success, with over 100 people attending.
  • The paper led by Sebastian Wolf (Berkeley/ETH Zurich), “Warm spring reduced carbon cycle impact of the 2012 US summer drought,” was published on the PNAS web site; Andrew is a coauthor. An overview of the paper is found on the ETH web site. PNAS also published a commentary on the paper.
  • Bruna Alberton, a PhD student with Patricia Morellato in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will be visiting the lab for 12 months on a FAPESP fellowship. Bruna has been doing a lot of phenocam-type work and will be studying relationships between phenology and ecosystem CO2 fluxes during her visit. Welcome, Bruna!
  • Andrew and Mariah participated in the annual Howland project meeting, which was held at Bartlett Experimental Forest. It was great to see colleagues from the Forest Service, Woods Hole and the University of Maine.
  • Andrew went to Vienna for the annual EGU General Assembly, where he caught up with former postdocs Oliver Sonnentag (Montreal) and Youngryel Ryu (Seoul National University). Andrew presented a poster on his work at SPRUCE in the phenology session, and chaired a session on carbon allocation with Michael Bahn (Innsbruck). Additionally he met with Gianluca Filippa and Edo Cremonese (Val D’Aosta, Italy) to discuss their ongoing phenocam collaboration, and with Simon Landhausser and Erin Wiley (University of Alberta) to talk about upcoming 14C analyses for an aspen sprouting project. Andreas Richter hosted a meeting at the University of Vienna to discuss initial results from the NSC methods comparison that Simon is heading. The culinary high point was dinner with (above, L to R) Christian Körner, Russ Monson, Josep Peñuelas, Dan Yakir and Michael at Zum Weiseen Rauchfangkerher. Less delicate (but nevertheless delicious) fare was an offer on Friday evening, when Andrew, Simon and Erin went to the Schweizerhaus, a beer garden in the Prater, to consume schweinshaxe and pilsner under the horse-chestnut and linden trees—a great way to end the week!
  • Morgan and Steve presented their PhD work in the HUH seminar series.
  • Imagery from NEON cameras is now streaming to PhenoCam, and an article about NEON’s use of phenocam technology has been posted to NEON’s web page.
  • Liza Comita, assistant professor of tropical forest ecology, visited from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and presented her work on the role of density-dependent interactions in structuring the diversity of tropical forest communities.
  • Meghan passed her qualifying exam. Congratulations, Meghan!
  • Season Spotter’s “Spring Challenge” to classify ~10,000 images of spring in a month was completely successfully. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped us reach our goal!
  • Meghan was awarded a grant from the Explorers Club for her thesis research on black cottonwood, Populus trichocarpa. Great job!
  • Andrew gave a talk on “Nonstructural carbon in forest trees” in the EEB seminar series at Indiana University. He was hosted by Rich Phillips and PhD student Steve Kannenberg. As shown in the photo at right, he had an opportunity to indulge in some phrenological studies while passing by the IU psychology building.
  • Dave Hollinger (USDA Forest Service, Durham NH) visited and gave the HUH seminar. He talked about long-term trends in productivity that have been measured at Howland Forest, and discussed some new hypotheses for the mechanisms underlying this trend. Andrew, Dave, and Bill Munger (EPS) went for a sushi lunch after the talk.

March

  • With funding from the Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) Andrew, Scott Ollinger (UNH), Dave Hollinger (USDA Forest Service) and Sarah Garlick (Hubbard Brook Research Foundation) organized a “Science Pub Night” series, which was held at the Sea Dog Brewery in North Conway, NH. Andrew, Scott, and Eric Kelsey (Mount Washington Observatory) were the featured speakers at the first of three events, which was so popular (over 120 people in attendance!) that the capacity of the Brewery was exceeded and people were turned away at the door. The event made the front page of the Conway Daily Sun.
  • Koen’s paper on the productivity of North American grasslands under future climate scenarios was published in Nature Climate Change. A nice summary was published on NSF’s web page, with additional coverage in the Harvard Gazette. Andrew and former lab postdoc Trevor Keenan are coauthors on the paper. Congratulations, Koen, on a super piece of work!
  • Season Spotter was highlighted by Discover Magazine’s citizen science blog.
  • Margaret, Koen, and collaborator Josh Gray (Boston University) ran a Reddit Science AMA (“Ask Me Anything”), in which they answered questions about climate change, phenology, and citizen science posed by members of the public. Approximately 350 questions and comments were posted, the discussion received 2500 up-votes, and an estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people viewed the AMA! Top questions and answers are archived on the Winnower.
  • Margaret attended the USA NPN’s phenology modeling workshop in Tucson (see group photo), where she presented Season Spotter and the data it generates. Conversation with other phenology researchers revealed much support for efforts at cross-scale phenology modeling, the topic of Margaret’s upcoming research. A collaboration with Dawn Browning (USDA-ARS) was initiated to evaluate the concordance of field estimates of flowering at the Jornada Experimental Range with those produced by Season Spotter.
  • Jarrett Byrnes visited from UMass Boston as the HUH speaker. Jarrett’s lab studies kelp forests in the Gulf of Maine, and his talk was titled “The Future of Floating Forests in a Changing World”.
  • Meghan’s paper in the Journal of Applied Ecology, “Land-use impacts on the quantity and configuration of ecosystem service provisioning in Massachusetts, USA”, which was based on her work with Jonathan Thompson at Harvard Forest, was named a “Highly Commended Paper” in the British Ecological Society’s annual Early Career Research Awards. Congratulations, Meghan – a great achievement for your first paper!
  • Our collaboration with the BBC (Don and Andrew deployed new, high-definition phenocams at a number of sites in New England) resulted in a magnificent video on autumn in New England for their “Earth’s Greatest Spectacle” series. Read about it in Andrew’s blog post on the BBC web page.
  • Meghan was accepted to participate in the PalEON Summer Course, a workshop focused on methods to integrate paleo-ecological data, Bayesian statistical analysis, and ecosystem modeling. The course will be held at the Unversity of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin.
  • Morgan was accepted to participate in Phys-Fest 2016, a workshop that will be held in June at the Konza Prairie Biological Station, Kansas. Morgan will work with other plant biologists to characterize the diurnal physiological variability within tallgrass prairie plant species, and create a plant ecophysiology video teaching library. Collaborators Brent Helliker and Chris Still are among the organizers of the event.
  • Min Chen’s paper, “A new seasonal-deciduous spring phenology submodel in the Community Land Model 4.5: Impacts on carbon and water cycling under future climate scenarios”, on which Andrew is a coauthor, was accepted for publication in GCB. Congratulations, Min! Min, a former postdoc in the lab, is now a Barbara McClintock Fellow at the Carnegie Institution.
  • David Basler, from the Institute of Botany at the University of Basel, Switzerland, will be joining lab this summer. He will be funded by a Bullard Fellowship from Harvard Forest, and will be working on studies of vegetation phenology.
  • Graham gave a seminar at the Woods Hole MBL on his stomatal conductance work.

February

  • Don and his wife Mary announced the birth of their daughter Betsy! Congratulations to all.
  • Irma Šveikauskaitė from Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania visited the lab. She gave a presentation on her experimental work on the impacts of chilling on budburst phenology. She then made a trip to Harvard Forest with Don and Koen.
  • Freshman Molly Wieringa has joined the lab and is helping process samples for NSC analysis.
  • Koen’s “Jungle Rhythms” crowdsourcing effort received some publicity through a zooniverse newsletter and a Dutch citizen science portal, which led to a huge boost in participation and an accelerated rate of image classification.

January

  • Andrew traveled to the USGS Powell Center, in Fort Collins, CO, to attend the NEON Plant Phenology Ontology workshop, where he presented an overview of the PhenoCam network. He also dropped in to NEON headquarters in Boulder to meet with Season Spotter collaborators Sandra Henderson and Alycia Crall.
  • The lab had a winter “mini-retreat” at Bartlett Experimental Forest. In addition to several events to which Andrew and family were expressly not invited (e.g. the all-night disco party on Friday led by soon-to-be-parents Don and Mary, and the prancercize marathon on Sunday led by fitness guru Graham), we all went Nordic skiing together at the Great Glen trails on Mt. Washington and then returned to Casa Richardson-Carbone for après-ski happy hour and ping-pong. From L to R: Morgan, Mary, Don, Graham and Andrew.
  • Andrew and Don spent a day at Harvard Forest retrieving various instruments and sensors in need of repair in advance of spring.
  • Margaret spoke at the Arnold Arboretum in the first of their winter Botany Blast series of public lectures. About 30 people showed up on a cold and blustery winter Saturday to hear about PhenoCam and Season Spotter.
  • Bridget Darby, a graduate student at Cornell with Christy Goodale, and a former lab REU at Harvard Forest, is visitng the lab for the semester. Debjani Sihi, a postdoc at UMCES with Eric Davidson, is also officially visiting the lab for next 12 months, although she will be spending most of her time in Frostburg.
  • Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2016.