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. Peter Martin, Chair
Dr. Steven Hamburg, Vice Chair, Environmental Defense Fund
Mr. John Smitka, Secretary
Mr. Stuart V. Smith, Jr., Treasurer
Dr. Charles Driscoll, Syracuse University
Dr. Peter Groffman, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center
Mr. Fred Hunt
Dr. Gene E. Likens, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Dr. Nicholas Rodenhouse, Wellesley College
Mr. Michael Shoob
Mr. Stuart V. Smith, Jr.
Ms. Jane E. S. Sokolow
Dr. Anant Sundaram, Dartmouth College
Dr. Pamela Templer, Boston University
Dr. Harriet Van Vleck

Advisors to the Board of Trustees:
Dr. Lindsey Rustad, Ex Officio, USDA Forest Service


HBRF Advisory Council

Edward A. Ames
Susan Arnold
Posy Bass
Lisa Cashdan
Alison Chase
Dave Chase
Starling Childs II
Anne Forcier
Larry Forcier
Isabel S. Freeman
Harold Janeway
Lia Lloyd-Clare Kehler
Thomas C. Kehler
Laura Kent
Sherman T. Kent
Marcy Lyman
Carol Pierce
Jean Smith
Larry Spencer
Peter Stein

HBRF Staff Directory


HBRF Annual Reports and Financial Statements

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 2015
Financial Statement for 2014
Financial Statement for 2013
Financial Statement for 2012
Financial Statement for 2011
Financial Statement for 2010