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Northern Research Station
11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
(610) 557-4017
(610) 557-4132 TTY/TDD

About the Marcell Experimental Forest

Current Research

  • Peatland function, including studies of plant production, decay, nutrient cycling, and historic acid conditions in peat profile.
  • Effects of timber harvest, prescribed burning, fertilizer and herbicide use, and grazing on water yield and quality.
  • Guidelines for protecting wetlands while managing for timber.
  • Maintenance of long-term records of climate and hydrology.
  • Peatland interactions with the atmosphere, including their effect on global climate change.
  • The chemistry of rain and snow is studied as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (1 of 200 sites in the U.S.)
  • Testing of soil water to determine ecosystem health.
  • Water flow, carbon dynamics, nutrient cycling, acid rain, mercury deposition, and the biogeochemistry of peatlands.
  • Long-Term Soil Productivity (one of many sites in a national study).


Last Modified: 02/02/2007