Research Seminars

SEARCH – Symposium for Ecological Research

Tuesday, June 9th 2020 | 2pm – 4pm

Lime green tree leaves

Please join us for the 5th annual SEARCH event, to be held June 9th from 2 -4 PM through zoom; yes, we are virtual this year. SEARCH is our annual symposium where summer interns from the research and conservation departments share the outcome of their summer research projects. Students will share their research experiences in forest ecology, microbiology, urban forestry and plant physiology. We hope you can join us.


Virtual Scientist Lecture Series – 2020

Wednesdays, 7PM @ Zoom link

Delve deeper into the issues and conditions that impact the world around us. These academic lectures allow you to step back into the classroom and learn from the experts.

Plant Physiology Research at HF&G: Rhododendrons, red cedars, and urban trees, OH MY!

June 17th 2020

Speakers: Juliana Medeiros, Randy Long and Sharon Danielson
Affiliation: Holden Forests & Gardens

HF&G scientists share their research investigating how climate impacts the physiology of different plant species, and how this ultimately determines where these species are found in nature. This talk will delve into three current studies on plants and climate, including:

1) the role of climate in the evolution of Rhododendron biodiversity,
2) how physiological stress tolerance could promote the invasion of red cedar into grasslands, and
3) how stressful urban climates impact the health of park trees and shape the community composition of urban forest remnants.


landscape with trees covering the horizon

Don’t be the Lorax: Spreading the “take up the grass” movement to government and industry.

July 15th 2020

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Swab, PhD

This talk discusses how environmental change is best established through working WITH industry and the government.  Using the example of growing native prairies in disturbed areas, the talk outlines how the seed of an idea become multiple different projects across government and corporations through research, communication, innovation, and listening to industry needs.