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The Story of a Forest Ecosystem

Richard T. Holmes and Gene E. Likens

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A beautifully illustrated overview and synthesis of how scientists have used a living forest as an experimental laboratory for more than 50 years

For more than 50 years, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire has been one of the most intensely studied landscapes on earth. This book highlights many of the important ecological findings amassed during the long-term research conducted there, and considers their regional, national, and global implications.
Richard T. Holmes and Gene E. Likens, active members of the research team at Hubbard Brook since its beginnings, explain the scientific processes employed in the forest-turned-laboratory. They describe such important findings as the discovery of acid rain, ecological effects of forest management practices, and the causes of population change in forest birds, as well as how disturbance events, pests and pathogens, and a changing climate affect forest and associated aquatic ecosystems. The authors show how such long-term, place-based ecological studies are relevant for informing many national, regional, and local environmental issues, such as air pollution, water quality, ecosystem management, and conservation.

Richard T. Holmes is Research Professor of Biology at Dartmouth College, where he is also Harris Professor of Environmental Biology Emeritus. He lives in Grantham, NH. Gene E. Likens is co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study and founder and President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He lives in Clinton Corners, NY.

“The authors have elegantly packaged a 50-year history of the Hubbard Brook project into a very readable book that will be of interest to a wide variety of disciplines.”—James Galloway, University of Virginia

“A tremendous accomplishment. The work is original and the scholarship is excellent. It is extremely important and it absolutely will be a cherished book.”—Andrew Friedland, Dartmouth College

“An essential addition to the bookshelves of professional ecologists, natural history buffs, and New England armchair ecologists.”—Meg Lowman, California Academy of Sciences

“This beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book presents a comprehensive summary of 50 years of research at Hubbard Brook, perhaps the most iconic and influential long-term ecological research program ever conducted.”—Scott L. Collins, University of New Mexico

“Many important lessons have been learned in this fabled forest laboratory. By telling the Hubbard Brook story, Holmes and Likens give a gift to all who treasure the northern hardwood forest.”—Stephen Long, author of Thirty-Eight

“A classic volume that brings a captivating story of scientific research with great policy implications up to date and challenges us to envision the future of this and all forest ecosystems.”—David Foster, author of Hemlock

“With beautiful photographs and clear prose, Holmes and Likens have brought the science and story of Hubbard Brook to a wider audience.”—Choice

“As the authors vividly lay out, with over 50 years of research and data, Hubbard Brook is a model of a scientific effort that can eventually lead to wiser stewardship of our local, regional, and global environs.”—Earth Island Journal

"This book celebrates 50 years of research, summarizing the results of more than 1500 published papers . . . it is well illustrated with diagrams and colour photographs . . . It should be on every ecologist’s shelf."—Christopher Perrins, International Journal of Avian Science

“Clearly written and timely, Hubbard Brook is targeted toward readers who appreciate science and want to look at a Northeastern forest through a scientist’s eyes.”—Northern Woodlands

“[T]his intimate history of research at Hubbard Brook stands as testimony to the rich rewards of sustained government investment in support of ecological research. Kudos to the authors and all who have been involved in this grand venture, which we hope will continue well into the future.”—Martin J. Lechowicz, Quarterly Review of Biology

“I think I learned more about the processes of forest ecosystems from [reading Hubbard Brook] than I had in 60 years of forest research. . . . I recommend that anyone who hopes to be part of Australia’s long-term future read this book.”—Harry F. Recher, Pacific Conservation Biology

“A wonderfully rich and readable overview of the work done at Hubbard Brook over the past 50 or so years.”—BioScience

Winner of the 2017 American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in the Biological Science category.

Winner of the 2017 New England Society Book Award in the Specialty category given by the New England Society of the City of New York.

Co-author Gene Likens is the winner of the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal, earth and environmental science category
ISBN: 9780300203646
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
288 pages, 8 1/2 x 10
187 color illus.
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