David R. Foster

David R. Foster

Director of the Harvard Forest
Senior Lecturer on Biology
David R. Foster

David Foster has been a faculty member in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard since 1983 and Director of the Harvard Forest, the University's 4000-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in central Massachusetts, since 1990. David has a PhD in ecology from the University of Minnesota and has conducted studies in the boreal forests of Labrador, Sweden, and Norway and the forests of Puerto Rico, the Yucatan, and Patagonia in addition to his primary research on landscape dynamics in New England. His interests focus on understanding the changes in forest ecosystems that result from human and natural disturbance and applying these results to the conservation and management of natural and cultural landscapes. At Harvard University David teaches courses on forest ecology and environmental change.