Hubbard Brook's Featured Speakers provide interested groups the opportunity to host a Hubbard Brook scientist for a speaking engagement. Read more about the available topics below, and please note home locations when considering a speaker. To inquire about a scientist’s availability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geologist, U.S. Forest Service
Home Location: Woodstock, NH
Scott Bailey is stationed at Hubbard Brook as the Forest Service’s lead scientist for this experimental forest. By elementary school, he was filling his pockets with rocks and digging underground forts in the backyard. These activities grew into a scientific interest in geology, and especially in the processes by which rocks interact with water to breakdown and form soil. He received a B.S. in geology from the University of Massachusetts, an M. S. in hydrology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in geology from Syracuse University. In addition to his soil and water research at Hubbard Brook, he has studied sugar maple decline and geologic factors controlling the distribution of plants, from Pennsylvania to northern Quebec. He is also the co-founder of the Northeastern Soil Monitoring Cooperative.
Topic: An Acid Rain Retrospective: From Discovery to Controversy and Beyond
Before the recognition of human-caused climate change, acid rain was one of the most complex, widespread, and controversial environmental issues to be tackled by the scientific and public policy communities. This talk summarizes the discovery of acid rain in North America at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, and the subsequent controversy over its effects on forests. It was in this setting that Dr. Bailey’s career started as a graduate student researcher. Trained as a hydrologist and geochemist, he quickly learned to collaborate with pathologists and physiologists interested in the health of organisms from brook trout to sugar maples. As we navigate real and imagined controversies about the science of climate change and society’s response, looking back at the lessons learned from acid rain may provide valuable perspective.
Topic: Seeing the Forest for the Streams
Although headwater streams comprise the majority of stream miles in a river basin, they are incompletely inventoried and poorly understood. New research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, uses the emerging perspective of hydropedology—a discipline that combines soil science and hydrology—to reveal how forests, soils, and streams are interconnected. Dr. Bailey and colleagues are tackling questions such as: What happens to rain after it seeps into the ground, and how does it get to streams? How does the forest regulate water quality and provide clean, reliable water supplies that sustain major population centers in the northeastern United States? This talk highlights the latest findings from Hubbard Brook, with implications for our understanding of forest soil fertility and the health of our aquatic resources.
Research Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service
Home Location: Durham, NH
John Campbell is a Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service, Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, New Hampshire. His work unit manages the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest where he is involved in maintaining the long-term hydrological and meteorological record. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His research focuses on hydrological and biogeochemical processes in forest watersheds that affect water quality and quantity. His work includes analyses of long-term field measurements, shorter-term field experiments, laboratory studies and modeling, and has been performed at multiple scales ranging from small plots to global syntheses. The goal of his research is to understand ecosystem responses to natural and human disturbances to help inform land management decisions and policies.
- Forest disturbance
- Water quantity and quality
- Winter ecology
- Nutrient cycling
Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecocsystem Studies
Home Location: Millbrook, NY
Gary Lovett is a Forest Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the lead Principal Investigator for the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. He received a B.S. in Biology from Union College and a Ph.D. in Biology/Plant Ecology from Dartmouth College. His research focuses on how disturbances—particularly air pollution, introduced pests and pathogens, and climate change—impact forest ecosystems. He does field research on these topics in New York's Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley, and at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.
Topic: Invasive Forest Pests
Non-native forest insects and diseases imported through global trade are one of the most severe and urgent threats to the health of Northeastern forests. These pests cost the country billions of dollars each year and cause serious ecological damage. This talk will discuss the background of the problem, the ecological and economic consequences, and what can be done to prevent new forest pests from entering the country.
Team Leader/Research Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service
Home Location: Durham, NH
Lindsey Rustad is a Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service in the Northern Forest Science & Applications unit in Durham, New Hampshire, and the Forest Service Team Lead at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cornell University, an M.S. in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Maine. Her research investigates how human disturbances are impacting the forests of northeastern North America, particularly through climate change and acid deposition. Her approach emphasizes the need for multidisciplinary collaboration in order to understand how ecosystems are responding to global change. Dr. Rustad is also passionate about integrating art and science to share ecological data with a broader audience.
Topic: Freezing Trees: Impacts of Ice Storms on Northern Forests
Ice storms are a major cause of distrubance in the Northeastern US, striking as frequently as every 2-5 years. But these storms are difficult to predict—scientists don't know when or where they will occur next. Despite their influential role in shaping forest ecosystems and the services they provide, knowledge of ice storms remains relatively limited. This talk describes the findings of a new study at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest that is using a suite of tools, including creating artificial ice storms, to study the impacts of these storms on northern hardwood forests. This research is providing the scientific community, land managers, and the concerned public greater insight on the effects of these powerful, frightening, and curiously aesthetic extreme winter weather events.