Welcome to the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study

At the 8,000-acre Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, long-term studies of air, water, soils, plants, and animals have produced major discoveries about human and natural disturbances to the forested landscape of the northeastern United States. In a collaborative research project spanning nearly six decades, scientists have discovered the existence and origins of acid rain; unlocked the mysteries of lead, salt, and nitrogen pollution in streams and lakes; and charted the rise and fall of bird populations because of climate change and other threats. Research findings at Hubbard Brook provide the raw material for education and policy-outreach programs that deliver authentic data to students, policymakers, and members of the public who care deeply about our natural world. Hubbard Brook is much more than an ecological field station in New Hampshire—it represents a new paradigm of “ecosystem thinking” that has changed the way we understand how nature works.

The Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study is a unique public-private partnership involving the USDA Forest Service, the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, and scientists from scores of research institutions throughout the country.


News and Highlights

Job Announcement: Outreach and Communications Manager

Join our team in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire! The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) is hiring an Outreach and Communications Manager. The Outreach and Communications Manager will lead efforts to communicate Hubbard Brook science to public audiences and to develop opportunities for two-way engagement between Hubbard Brook scientists and stakeholders.

Comments by Dr. Michael Michael Oppenheimer at the 2017 HBRF Annual Meeting

Below are the comments made by invited speaker Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University, during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire. The lecture notes were provided by Dr. Oppenheimer with permission to post.

Eclipse Science at Hubbard Brook: Solar Radiation and Carbon Dioxide Flux

On August 21, 2017, people across the United States looked towards the sky for a partial or complete solar eclipse, the first such astronomical event since 1918. In a rare moment of unity, people in all corners of the country gathered together to witness a natural wonder. At the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, staff and scientists shared in the fun with a variety of contraptions. Technical instruments at Hubbard Brook and nearby research sites captured the impact of the eclipse on net solar radiation and whole forest atmospheric carbon dioxide exchange.

Embedding Public Engagement with Science at LTER Sites

Embedding Public Engagement with Science at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites (PES@LTERs) is a new collaborative project led by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Harvard Forest, Michigan State University, Boston University, and CUNY. The goal of the project is to integrate public engagment into the cultures and practices of two LTER sites, Hubbard Brook and Harvard Forest, and to build knowledge about the mutual learning that takes place between scientists and adult stakeholders in multiple engagement settings.