Hubbard Brook Research Foundation

HBRFwithbuffer.pngFounded in 1993, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) is a nonprofit organization that works to sustain and enhance the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in New Hampshire, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER), the Hubbard Brook Consortium, and many colleges, universities, and other research institutions.

Our goals are:

  • To sustain and expand long-term ecological monitoring and research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.
  • To bridge the gap between ecosystem science and public policy by enhancing the exchange of information among scientists, policy-makers, and land managers.
  • To foster public understanding of the functions of ecosystems and their importance to society.

A nonprofit support organization for Hubbard Brook research

In its role as a support organization, HBRF:

  • Contributes expertise and support for scientists to develop innovative and effective Broader Impacts projects.
  • Supplies affordable housing and laboratory facilities to scientists and students.
  • Provides science communication and public engagement training opportunities for scientists.
  • Works to protect land and other research resources in the Hubbard Brook valley.
  • Conducts educational programs, tours, and lectures.
  • Advocates for continued research funding, especially for long-term ecosystem monitoring.

An interface organization spanning the boundaries between science and society

In its role as an interface or boundary-spanning organization, HBRF: 

  • Convenes "Hubbard Brook Roundtables," using techniques of facilitated dialogue to support productive, multi-directional engagment among scientists, practitioners, educators, and other stakeholders.
  • Produces Science Links synthesis products to link Hubbard Brook research to relevant stakeholder and policy issues and decisions. 
  • Develops classroom resources and teacher training programs to link Hubbard Brook research to K–12 and higher education.
  • Supports the Science Policy Exchange, a multi-institution consortium devoted to confronting regional and national environmental challenges.

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HBRF Board of Trustees

Dr. Charles Driscoll, Chair, Syracuse University
Mr. Stan Williams, Vice Chair
Mr. John Smitka, Secretary
Mr. Michael Shoob, Treasurer
Ms. Deecie Denison
Dr. Peter Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Brooklyn College
Dr. Steven Hamburg, Environmental Defense Fund
Ms. Dorothy B. Heinrichs, Dartmouth-Hithcock and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Mr. Roger Larochelle, Squam Lakes Conservation Society
Dr. Gene E. Likens, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Dr. Peter Martin
Dr. Nicholas Rodenhouse, Wellesley College
Dr. Anant Sundaram, Dartmouth College
Dr. Pamela Templer, Boston University
Dr. Harriet Van Vleck

Advisor to the Board of Trustees:
Dr. Lindsey Rustad, Ex Officio, U.S. Forest Service


Hubbard Brook Advisory Council

On May 10, 2018, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation convened a Hubbard Brook Roundtable at Pierce Lab to kick off the first cohort of a new Advisory Council. The HBRF Advisory Council is designed to serve as an ongoing listening post for the scientists, staff, and trustees at Hubbard Brook.

Goals: The purpose of the Advisory Council is to serve four goals:

To inform the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) staff and Board of Trustees, as well as interested members of the Hubbard Brook Committee of Scientists and USDA Forest Service, about the key areas of environmental interest and concern among local citizens and stakeholder groups in the northeastern US, and decision-makers at the local, state, and federal levels. This information will directly inform decisions by HBRF staff and trustees related to science communication, public engagement, and education programs. This information will also be helpful for Hubbard Brook scientists for developing outreach plans for research proposals and considering the societal context of their research.

To build public awareness of Hubbard Brook and knowledge about new and ongoing research. The Advisory Council will have opportunities to learn directly from Hubbard Brook scientists and science communicators about current ecosystem research. We hope that members of the Advisory Council will identify new opportunities for communication and engagement between Hubbard Brook science/scientists and public audiences. We also anticipate that members of the Advisory Council will become informal communicators about Hubbard Brook science within their own personal and professional networks.

To provide a mechanism for recruiting new trustees. The Nominating Committee of the HBRF Board of Trustees will look for engaged members of the Advisory Council as potential new trustees.

To advise HBRF staff and Board of Trustees on development opportunities and strategies. The HBRF Executive Director and/or trustees may engage with members of the Advisory Council on an ad hoc basis to seek input on fund development.

Members of the 2018–2020 HBRF Advisory Council include:

Will Abbott, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Susan Arnold, Appalachian Mountain Club
Karen Bennett, UNH Cooperative Extension
Alison Chase, Local resident
Andy Colter, White Mountain National Forest
Joe Short, Northern Forest Center
Larry Hamilton, University of New Hampshire
Chuck Henderson (ex-officio), Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Joe Hill, Local resident
Clare Mendelsohn, White Mountain National Forest
David Patrick, The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire
Carol Pierce, Laconia, New Hampshire
Michael Snyder, State of Vermont
Elise Tillinghast, Center for Northern Woodlands Education
For more information about the HBRF Advisory Council, please email Sarah Garlick: sgarlick@hubbardbrookfoundation.org.


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HBRF's Commitment to Workplace Safety, Sensitivity, and Inclusion


HBRF Annual Reports and Financial Statements

Annual Report for 2018
Annual Report for 2017
Annual Report for 2016
Annual Report for 2015
Annual Report for 2014
Annual Report for 2013
Annual Report for 2012
Annual Report for 2011
Annual Report for 2010
Annual Report for 2009
Annual Report for 2008
Annual Report for 2007

Financial Statement for 2017
Financial Statement for 2016
Financial Statement for 2015
Financial Statement for 2014
Financial Statement for 2013
Financial Statement for 2012
Financial Statement for 2011
Financial Statement for 2010
Financial Statement for 2009

Form 990 2016-2017
Form 990 2017-2018