From 2014 through 2017, under the direction of Dr. Denise Burchsted — a river ecologist and fluvial geomorphologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Keene State College — a team of KSC researchers studied stream processes on Harris Center lands. Student researchers walked three streams, quantifying the shape of the river channels and collecting water quality data, with the ultimate goal of assessing the impacts of beaver dams on river processes. This research also included the installation of ten sets of stream sensors, which recorded water level, temperature, and conductivity multiple times every hour. This study was part of a statewide project funded by the National Science Foundation.
In 2016, a team of graduate students in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England assessed relative abundance and distribution of bird species across several habitat types on the Harris Center’s Hiroshi Land. Over the course of three months in late winter and early spring, the students detected 37 species via systematic bird point count sampling.
For more information on conservation research with the Harris Center, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 358-2065 or by email.