lab news
September 2015
  • The Moorcroft Lab is happy to welcome 2015-2016 Hrdy Fellow, Francesca Cagnacci, who will be working with us for the coming year. Francesca is a behavioral and conservation ecologist with a focus on animal movement and terrestrial mammalogy. She will pursue the research objectives in the context of the Hrdy Fellowship in conservation biology in close collaboration with the Moorcroft Lab. In particular, she will investigate the effects of climate and global change on animal spatial distribution, by modelling individual movement and population space use patterns over heterogeneous landscapes exposed to climatic and human-induced changes.
August 2015
  • The Moorcroft Lab is happy to welcome OEB graduate student, Miriam Johnston! We're excited to be working with her.
  • Congratulations to Mauricio Arias and his wife, Mariana, who welcomed son, Lucas, on August 7th! Best wishes to the Arias family!
July 2015
  • The Moorcroft Lab wishes a warm congratulations to Tom Powell who successfully defended his graduate thesis on July 27th. Tom will soon begin a position as a post doctoral fellow working on the DoE NGEE-Tropics project with Lara Kueppers and Jeff Chambers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Congrats and best wishes, Tom!
Fabio Pereira Birthday Cake
  • Congratulations to former lab member, Abby Swan, whose paper entitled "Future deforestation in the Amazon and consequences for South American climate" was accepted for publication in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Way to go, Abby!
June 2015
  • The Moorcroft Lab was happy to welcome back graduate student, Nathan Ranc, who visited from his fieldwork site in Trento, Italy. Below are some very cool videos that Nathan shared with us which were taken during his time there. Enjoy!
  • Jackal
  • Bear 1
  • Bear 2
  • Bear 3
May 2015
  • The Moorcroft Lab was happy to welcome back former lab member, Fabio Pereira, and collaborator, Angela Livino, who traveled to Cambridge from Brazil to participate in meetings with their SSP colleagues. While here, they celebrated Fabio's birthday. Happy birthday, Fabio!
Fabio Pereira Birthday Cake
April 2015
  • Moorcroft Lab postdoc, Mauricio Arias, gave a talk entitled "Sustainability of the Amazon: Tradeoffs Between Environmental Change, Hydropower and River Alterations" as part of the DRCLAS Brazil Studies Program Seminar Series.
MARCH 2015
  • Moorcroft Lab postdoc, Eunjee Lee, gave an invited talk, jointly sponsored by the Planetary Geodynamics, Hydrological Sciences, and Biospheric Sciences Laboratories at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on March 25, 2015. The title of the talk was "Impacts of Land-Use on the Hydrologic Cycle in the Amazon and in Southeastern Brazil".
  • The Moorcroft Lab went cross country skiing at the Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, MA. A fun time was had by all!
Lab Ski Trip 2015
  • Moorcroft Lab grad student, Nathan Ranc, is curently doing fieldwork in the Adamello-Brenta mountain range (Italian Alps) as part of his PhD project on roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), in collaboration with the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy) and the Trentino Hunting Association (2C2T project). His first task is to rescue GPS collars, which are programmed to drop off the roe deer necks after their duty period has expired. These collars contain large amounts of spatial data, which could not be sent due to technical issues (e.g. no phone network, low battery...). In order to find them in the field, Ranc and his collaborators use telemetry techniques, which can be particularly challenging in a rugged terrain. Secondly, they are deploying several camera traps at feeding-stations deployed by hunters to better understand use patterns of this anthropogenic food source by roe deer. Finally, they are currently planning their capture sessions to deploy additional GPS collars. The capture success rate is dependent on thick snow cover and cold weather. The capture season has been delayed due to the very warm and beautiful weather Trentino has experienced in the past months, which is a sharp contrast with what his fellow lab members are enduring in Boston!
Roe DeerAdamello-Brenta mountain range
  • Five members of the Moorcroft group traveled to Brasilia, Brazil to participate in a workshop entitled “Sustainable Development of the Amazon and its Surrounding Regions: The Interplay of Changing Climate, Hydrology, and Land Use - Impacts on Hydropower Planning and Operation." The workshop, funded by Harvard's Kenedy School of Government's SSP Program was held December 3rd and 4th in conjuction with Brazil’s Electricity and Water agencies. During the meeting, the Moorcroft lab members presented their collaborative framework and modeling results and explored future collaborative opportunities.
  • The Moorcroft Lab would like to wish a hearty welcome incoming graduate student, Nathan Ranc. We're happy to have you, Nathan!
March 2014
  • Congratulations to the Moorcroft Lab's faculty assistant, Erin, on the birth of her new baby! Jack Andrew Ciccone was born on March 7th and weighed in at 9lbs, 8oz. Congrats and best wishes to Mom and baby!
Jack Ciccone
May 2013
  • The Moorcroft group hosted the 2nd Annual ED2 Code Workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Eight participants joined the code developers for this 2 1/2 day workshop to learn more about the ED2 model and run a series of exercises. Stay tuned to see if a third annual workshop is scheduled for next year!
December 2012
  • Early this month several lab members traveled to Palo Alto, CA for the annual meeting of the Andes Amazon group at the Moore Foundation. Following this annual meeting many in the group attended the 45th annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
  • Dan Scott joined the lab as a temporary researcher on a new DoE project. Dan graduated from University of California at Berkeley in 2011 with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. Welcome, Dan!
  • Graduate student Tom Powell and his collaborators were awared the 2012 Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award for their paper entitled "Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents." This award was issed by the World Meteorological Organization and the paper was originally published in the 2010, Volume 5 issue of Environmental Research Letters. Congrats, Tom!
October 2012
  • Beginning Fall 2013 Postdoc Naomi Levine will start her position as Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC). Congratulations, Naomi!
  • The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B awarded Professor Moorcroft and his collaborators "outstanding publication in wildlife ecology and mangement" for his 2010 article, "The home range concept: are traditional estimators still relevant with modern telemetry technology?" Congratulations, Paul!
September 2012


  • Postdoc Abby Swann has left the Moorcroft lab to join the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Best of Luck, Abby! Read more about Abby's new position here.
  • We are happy to welcome Dr. Eunjee Lee as a new postdoc in the Moorcroft lab. Eunjee comes to us from MIT, where she was a post-doctural research associate in the Center for Global Change Science. You can read more about Eunjee and her fellowship here.
  • Postdoc Alex Antonarakis and graduate student Tom Powell attended the Ecological Society of America Annual Confernce in Portland, OR.
July 2012


  • Graduate student Janice Chan and Paul Moorcroft traveled to Thailand for a site visit and field work.
April 2012
  • Graduate student Tom Powell was awarded a $1000 travel grant through the NSF RCN FORECAST program to visit Professor David Medvigy of the Geosciences Department at Princeton University during the summer session of 2012.  David will be teaching Tom about the Markov Chain Monte Carlo optimization routine he developed for the Ecosystem Demography model.
December 2011
  • Postdoc Abby Swann was featured in the Harvard Gazette for her research on the negative effects of replanting fields and grasslands with forests. The article can be viewed here. Congrats, Abby!
November 2011


  • Graduate Student Thomas Powell returned to Caxiuana for nealy a month, continuing work on the fieldwork component of his dissertation research.
September 2011
  • Two new graduate students have joined the Moorcroft lab. Alexandra Brown and Janice Chan are beginning their first year as Ph.D. candidates in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Welcome Alex and Janice!
July 2011
  • Professor Moorcroft is on sabbatical for the academic year of 2011-2012.
  • Graduate student Tom Powell was awarded a NSF-DDIG to conduct the field component of his dissertation research.  Tom has four field campaigns to the Amazon forest to measure hydraulic traits related to drought tolerance for selected canopy trees.
May 2011
  • In May, the group spent several days at the Moore Foundation Grant Spring 2011 Andes-Amazon meeting in Belem, Brazil and Field Site visit in Caxiuana, Brazil. Graduate Student Thomas Powell stayed in Caxiuana for an additional three weeks, working on the fieldwork component of his dissertation research.
  • Shirley Xiaobi Dong graduated with her Ph.D and will be working in Washington, D.C. as a Business Consultant for Applied Predictive Technologies. Congratulations, Shirley!
November 2010
  • Using Lidar and Radar measurements to constrain predictions of forest ecosystem structure and function, authored by Alex Antonarakis is now In Press with Ecological Applications. You can read the paper here.
September 2010
  • Fall semester has begun and campus is buzzing! Shirley Dong returned from her summer internship in Geneva, and the lab welcomes new postdoctoral fellow Abby Swann. You can find out more about Abby and her research here.
August 2010
  • A paper authored by lab member Alex Antonarakis and co-authored by Paul Moorcroft were accepted by the journal Ecological Applications. Stay tuned to our publications section for more information.
  • Paul Moorcroft attended the 95th Annual Ecological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The focus of this year's conference was Global Warming: The legacy of our past, the challenge for our future.
  • Moorcroft's Minions lost it's second play-off game, finishing with three wins for the summer 2010 season.
July 2010
  • Shirley Dong is in Geneva until September for an internship with UNEP. She will work on a project evaluating the impact of pesticides on aquatic ecosystems.
  • Two papers co-authored by Paul Moorcroft and former lab member James Forester are now available in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society's special issue "Challenges and opportunities of using GPS-based location data in animal ecology." You my find the entire issue here, or check the publications section to access the individual papers.
  • Paul Moorcroft taught a course at the Amazon-PIRE field course in Brazil. Graduate student Marcos Longo also attended. You can watch a slideshow of their adventures here.
June 2010
  • Paul Moorcroft attended the Harvard Water Security Initiative meeting in Melbourne Australia. The project is a collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia. You can read more about the project here on Monash University's website.
  • Shirley Dong and Paul Moorcroft have successfully installed two meteorological stations in Thailand.
  • Post-doc James Forester said goodbye to the lab and began his new faculty position at the University of Minnesota. Congratulations James! We'll miss you.
  • Paul Moorcroft discusses ED and in an article entitled "The Forest and the Trees: Will new models of land cover reveal the fate of tropical forests?" featured in the June 11 issue of UCAR Magazine.
  • The Moorcrof Lab volleyball team, Moorcroft's Minions, played their first game of the season in the Rhino League - and won!
April 2010
  • Paul Moorcroft and several lab members attended the 6th Annual Harvard Plant Biology Symposium: Trees and the Global Environment on April 29th and 30th. You can watch much of the symposium here.
  • Paul Moorcroft presented at the Continuous-Time and Continuous-Space Processes in Ecology workshop at the Center for Research and Statistical Methodology at the University of Warwick. You can find his talk here.
  • A paper authored by Former Post-doc David Medvigy, and co-authored by Paul Moorcroft, appeared online this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read the paper and supporting information here:Responses of terrestrial ecosystems and carbon budgets to current and future environmental variability.
  • Former lab research assisstant, Adrienne Keller, received the"Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Award" at the 2010 University of Montana Research Conference. Go Adrienne!
January 2010
  • Former Lab member, Takeshi Ise, will be Associate Professor in the Department of Holistic Simulation at the University of Hyogo. Currrently Takeshi is a researcher in Environmental Biogeochemical Cycle Researhc Program at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. His new position will begin in April, 2011.
September 2009


August 2009
  • James Forester discussed his research at the 2009 Ecological Society of America conference in a presentation titled "Mechanistic home range models for ungulates".
June 2009
  • Shirley Dong recieved her MA on her way to the PhD.
May 2009
  • Paul Moorcroft was in Sapporo for four weeks thanks to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowship.