2003 Lecture

“Challenges and Opportunities for the Application of Historical Studies to Conservation”

by Dr. David R. Foster

Abstract: Professor David R. Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, shared lessons from the intersection of history and ecology. The lecture was held at 4:00 p.m. on 11 November 2003 in Room 111 of the Biological Sciences building on Duke University’s West Campus.

David Foster has written numerous articles relating to forest ecology, forest dynamics, and vegetation change in the northeastern United States. He is the author, co-author, or editor of several books, including Stepping Back to Look Forward: A History of the Massachusetts Forest (Petersham, Mass.: Harvard Forest, Harvard University, 1998; Charles Foster, ed.), Thoreau’s Country: Journey Through a Transformed Landscape (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999), and New England Forests Through Time: Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas (Petersham, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000).

The Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History is sponsored by the Forest History Society, the Duke University Department of History, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.

For more information please contact Dr. James Lewis, Forest History Society historian, at (919) 682-9319.