For more than 50 years, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire has been one of the most intensely studied landscapes on earth. Hubbard Brook: The Story of a Forest Ecosystem highlights many of the important ecological findings amassed during the long-term research conducted there, and considers their regional, national, and global implications.
Richard T. Holmes and Gene E. Likens, active members of the research team at Hubbard Brook since its beginnings, explain the scientific processes employed in the forest-turned-laboratory. They describe such important findings as the discovery of acid rain, ecological effects of forest management practices, and the causes of population change in forest birds, as well as how disturbance events, pests and pathogens, and a changing climate affect forest and associated aquatic ecosystems. The authors show how such long-term, place-based ecological studies are relevant for informing many national, regional, and local environmental issues, such as air pollution, water quality, ecosystem management, and conservation.
Richard T. Holmes is Research Professor of Biology at Dartmouth College, where he is also Harris Professor of Environmental Biology Emeritus. He lives in Grantham, NH.
Gene E. Likens is co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study and founder and President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He lives in Clinton Corners, NY.
"The authors have elegantly packaged a 50-year history of the Hubbard Brook project into a very readable book that will be of interest to a wide variety of disciplines."
– James Galloway, University of Virginia
"A tremendous accomplishment. The work is original and the scholarship is excellent. It is extremely important and it absolutely will be a cherished book."
– Andrew Friedland, Dartmouth College
"An essential addition to the bookshelves of professional ecologists, natural history buffs, and New England armchair ecologists."
– Meg Lowman, California Academy of Sciences
"This beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book presents a comprehensive summary of 50 years of research at Hubbard Brook, perhaps the most iconic and influential long-term ecological research program ever conducted."
– Scott L. Collins, University of New Mexico
"Many important lessons have been learned in this fabled forest laboratory. By telling the Hubbard Brook story, Holmes and Likens give a gift to all who treasure the northern hardwood forest."
– Stephen Long, author of Thirty-Eight
"A classic volume that brings a captivating story of scientific research with great policy implications up to date and challenges us to envision the future of this and all forest ecosystems."
– David Foster, author of Hemlock
"With beautiful photographs and clear prose, Holmes and Likens have brought the science and story of Hubbard Brook to a wider audience."