Research on Harris Center Lands

The Harris Center has directly protected over 21,000 acres in the Monadnock Region, encompassing 16 hills and mountains greater than 1,500 feet in elevation, shorefront surrounding or abutting 5 large lakes and 14 smaller waterbodies, 59 miles of rivers and streams, more than 1,600 acres of diverse wetlands, and 13 miles of hiking trails. We welcome conservation research on much of these lands and waters! We also welcome research in collaboration with our citizen science initiatives.

Research Needs

There is still much to learn about our protected lands, and we are in the process of developing a catalog of research needs and opportunities within the Supersanctuary. This catalog is intended to be a guide for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and others who are considering research on Harris Center lands, but will by no means be exhaustive. If you have ideas for research within your field of expertise, please contact us.


PSU Research Technician Erin Volitis, left, helps set up water sensors in one of 87 rivers and streams across New Hampshire. (photo: Plymouth State University)Featured Project: Investigating the Role of Beaver Dams in Stream Processes

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 students is currently conducting research on three streams on Harris Center conserved lands as part of a statewide project funded by the National Science Foundation. In the summer of 2014, the students walked the 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 are recording water level, temperature, and conductivity multiple times every hour.

Contact Us

For more information or to talk over an idea for conservation research on Harris Center lands, please contact Science Director Brett Amy Thelen at or (603) 358-2065.