As a scientist, I conduct research to examine how forest ecosystems change over space and time. I’m particularly interested in natural disturbances (e.g., wildfire, insect outbreaks, disease and pathogens), which often catalyze large-magnitude changes in forests. Natural disturbances are critical to maintaining ecosystem integrity and the provision of ecosystem services we gain from forests, as many species are adapted to disturbances or the conditions they create. For example, many of the forests that we know and love today have been shaped by the fires or insect outbreaks of the past. However, disturbances are understandably at odds with the built (human) environment because of their destructive nature, and current / future climate warming may change forests and disturbances in profound ways. Understanding the causes and consequences of ecological disturbances is not only fascinating, but absolutely critical for informing environmental management and policy. My research uses a variety of approaches across spatial scales to examine how disturbances and climate change interact to shape forest ecosystems. By using and advancing theory in forest ecology, landscape ecology, and disturbance ecology, my research connects scientific understanding to responsible and effective forest management.

I am currently a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Colorado – Boulder. In spring 2017, I will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology and Ecosystem Services in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. Here is a link to more info about my lab.

I am currently seeking motivated and enthusiastic graduate students who are interested in joining my lab at UW in Fall 2017. Please click here for more information!

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Taking a break during sampling in the 2000 Moran Fire in Grand Teton National Park, WY.

Dr. Brian J. Harvey
David H. Smith Research Fellow
University of Colorado-Boulder
110 Guggenheim Hall, 260 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309

e-mail: brianjamesharvey@gmail.com

tel: (650) 521-1988