Lab Members

Dr. Brian J. Harvey, Principal Investigator

Dr. Brian J. Harvey is the Jack Corkery and George Corkery Jr. Endowed Professor in Forest Sciences and Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. His research focuses on understanding the nature of forest disturbances (e.g., fires and insect outbreaks) – and how forest structure and function is shaped by disturbances, interactions among disturbances, and climate. Dr. Harvey’s work emphasizes field studies that are integrated with large spatial datasets and analyses, drawing on insights from landscape ecology and community ecology. Over the last 10 years, he has conducted research on the disturbance ecology of forests in coastal California, the US Rocky Mountains, and the interior Pacific Northwest. From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Harvey was a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In 2015, he completed his PhD in the Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to that, he completed his Masters degree in the Department of Geography at San Francisco State University in 2010, and in 2003 earned Bachelors degrees (double major) in the Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of California – Santa Barbara. Prior to pursuing a career in research, Dr. Harvey worked in the private sector as an environmental consultant and project manager. In addition to his research at UW, he teaches graduate- and undergraduate-level courses in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Research Interests: Fire ecology, forest ecology, disturbance ecology, landscape ecology, western conifer forests

Contact: email – bjharvey@uw.edu; tel – (206) 685-9929; Office – Bloedel Hall 396; Lab – Bloedel Hall 340

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CURRENT LAB MEMBERS (alphabetical order):

Michelle C. Agne,  Graduate Student (2017 – )

Michelle Agne is a PhD student earning a joint degree in the Harvey lab in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington and in the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at Murdoch University. Michelle earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University in 2009, and completed her M.S. in Sustainable Forest Management at Oregon State University in 2013.  Following the completion of her master’s degree, Michelle spent four years working as a faculty research assistant in the Forest Health Lab at Oregon State.  During this time, she worked on a variety of research that focused on interactions among forest insects, forest pathogens, fire, and management in the forests of coastal and central Oregon.  Michelle’s PhD research draws on this background, focusing broadly on changing forest disturbance regimes, and their impacts on structure, composition, and function of western North American coniferous forests.  When Michelle isn’t in class or working on her research, you might find her riding her bike around the city, reading fiction, rainy day hiking, or playing board games with friends.

Research Interests: Forest ecology, climate change, insect outbreaks, forest pathogens, fire ecology

Contact: email – agnem@uw.edu; tel – (206) 616-1879; Office – Bloedel Hall 340

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Michele S. Buonanduci,  Graduate Student (2018 – )

Michele Buonanduci is a PhD student in the Harvey Lab who is completing her degree through the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM) program at UW. Michele earned a B.A. in Environmental Science from Boston University in 2012. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Michele worked as an environmental consultant and developed an interest in using quantitative methods to explore research questions within the field of landscape ecology. Michele earned a Master’s degree in QERM with the Harvey Lab in 2019. Her Master’s thesis focused on modeling individual lodgepole pine mortality from mountain pine beetle outbreak in a spatially explicit framework. Michele’s PhD research will focus on spatio-temporal patterns of forest disturbance across multiple scales.

Research Interests: Landscape ecology, forest ecology, spatial modeling, GIS and remote sensing

Contact: email – mbuon@uw.edu; tel – (206) 616-1879; Office – Bloedel Hall 340

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Madison M. Laughlin, Graduate Student (2020 – ; research scientist 2019-2020)

Madison Laughlin is a MS student in the Harvey Lab examining post-fire forest response across climate gradients in western Cascadia. Prior to enrolling as a graduate student, Madison was research scientist working jointly for the Harvey Lab and the Terrestrial Restoration Ecology Lab (directed by Prof. Jon Bakker) where she worked on a WA DNR-funded project assessing the restoration needs of dry forests in eastern Washington. Madison graduated from Northland College with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Geology in 2018.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Madison worked two field seasons for the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Harvey Lab at the University of Washington collecting data for research projects studying the fire regimes of eastern and western Washington. Outside of work and school, Madison enjoys botanizing, playing guitar, and mountain biking.

Research Interests: forest ecology, fire ecology, disturbance regimes, canopy ecology, soils

Contact: email – laughmad@uw.edu; tel – (206) 616-1879; Office – Bloedel Hall 340

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Jenna E. Morris,  Graduate Student (2018 – )

Jenna Morris (she/her) is a PhD student in the Harvey Lab studying the immediate carbon consequences and reburn potential following recent fires in western Cascades forests. Jenna earned her BS in Biology & Environmental Studies from Whitworth University in 2017, and completed her MS in Environmental & Forest Sciences with the Harvey Lab in 2020. Her MS thesis explored the effects of historical management on forest resilience, fire hazard, and carbon storage following a severe mountain pine beetle outbreak in the Colorado Rockies. Prior to joining the lab, Jenna worked as a botany field technician for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Boulder, CO. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys being outdoors, cooking, visual art, and the beautiful game.

Research Interests: disturbance, climate resilience, forest ecology, landscape ecology, management

Contact: email – jemorris@uw.edu; tel – (206) 616-1879; Office – Bloedel Hall 340

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Don C. Radcliffe,  Graduate Student (2019 -)

Don Radcliffe is a PhD student in the Harvey Lab in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at UW. He studies the effects of fuels reduction treatments and wildfire on ecosystem function and temporal dynamics of fuel accumulation. Don earned his M.S. from The Ohio State University, where his research focused on modelling maple regeneration and oak mortality in mature oak forests of Appalachian Ohio. He earned his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he double majored in forest science and life sciences communication. In between his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Don worked for the US Forest Service in northwest Montana, the Society of American Foresters near Washington D.C., and his parents’ construction company in Wisconsin. In his spare time, Don likes to go rock climbing, cycling, snowboarding, and birding.

Research Interests: Forest ecology, landscape ecology, disturbance, management, wildlife

Contact: email – dradclif@uw.edu; tel – (206) 616-1879; Office – Bloedel Hall 340

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Liliana Rangel-Parra,  Graduate Student (2020 – )

Liliana Rangel-Parra is a MS student in the Harvey Lab in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at UW. Prior to coming to UW and joinging the Harvey Lab, she earned her B.S. (with Honors) in Ecological, Environmental, and Evolutionary Biology from Appalachian State University in the spring of 2020. Liliana conducted an NSF-REU with the Roberson Lab at the Marine Biological Laboratory investigating coral-algal symbioses. During her studies in Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand, she developed passions for tropical ecology, marine biology, and conservation. Her research in the Harvey Lab will be developed in 2020-2021, but will likely examine the intersection of plant ecophysiology and forest response to fire disturbance in western Cascadia. In her free time, Liliana enjoys painting, taking photos, hiking, and snowboarding.

Research Interests: forest ecology, plant ecophysiology, disturbance, spatial ecology

Contact: email – lkrp@uw.edu

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LAB ALUMNI (reverse chronological order):

Michael McNorvell,  Undergraduate Capstone Student (2019 – 2020)

Michael McNorvell earned his BS the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, majoring in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management. His senior capstone thesis in the Harvey Lab analyzed tree-level mortality response of conifer species to wildfire in the western Cascades. Fascinated by leaf-to-landscape factors of disturbance ecology, Michael is interested in how fire influences forest dynamics from multiple scales and perspectives, including soil ecology, tree regeneration, and natural resource management. In the future, he hopes he can study disturbance ecology to aid in restoring resistance and resilience to fire in dry-forest ecosystems. After graduating in the spring, Michael continued field work with the Harvey Lab, and hopes to pursue graduate school to further study fire ecology and ecosystem management. When he isn’t conquering hills or climbing trees for science, Michael enjoys hiking good mountains, climbing good rocks, playing good music, and cooking good food for fun!

Research Interests: Forest ecology, fire ecology, disturbance ecology, soil ecology, ecosystem management

Contact: email – michael@mcnorvell.com

Ashley Hillis,  Undergraduate Capstone Student (2019 – 2020)

Ashley Hillis completed her BS in the Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) major in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. With a focus on forest management, she graduated in spring 2020 with honors. Ashley completed a capstone project in the Harvey Lab, working with Michelle Agne and Brian Harvey, where she examined the reproductive capacity (seed counts and viability) in cones of a serotinous conifer. After graduation from UW, Ashley is interested in pursuing graduate school in the field of forest ecology and disturbance ecology. 

Research Interests: serotiny, wildfire, forest management, old-growth and subalpine forest

Contact: email – ashleyhillis2020@gmail.com

Saba J. Saberi,  Graduate Student (2017 – 2019)

Saba Saberi completed her MS degree in the Harvey Lab in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at UW. She earned her BS in Environmental Science from the College of Natural Resources at University of California, Berkeley in the spring of 2017, where she completed an honors thesis entitled “Remote Sensing of Global Lake Gross Primary Production.” Saba’s MS research combined field studies of burn severity with satellite indices to better understand how forests of the western United States are affected by disturbance, especially within the contexts of climate change and forest management. In Jan 2020, Saba began working as a research analyst with the Precision Forestry Cooperative in SEFS. A Southern California native, Saba is excited to live in and study the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Research Interests: Remote sensing, forest ecology, climate change, GIS, management

Contact: email – sjsaberi@uw.edu; tel – (206) 616-1879; Office – Bloedel Hall 340

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Young-Eui Oh,  Undergraduate Capstone Student (2018 – 2019)

Young Oh completed his undergraduate studies in the Environmental Sciences and Resource Management program in the College of the Environment at UW and recently graduated with his B.S. in ESRM and B.A. in Economics in August 2019. After completion of his undergraduate studies, he is pursuing his master’s in Environmental Science in Indiana University Bloomington. While attending UW, he studied various effects of disturbance in forest and soil. He enjoys hiking, watching baseball and movie, when he is not studying. Young completed his capstone project in SEFS and was co-advised by Dr.s Brian Harvey and Britt Johnson.

Research Interests: Forest ecology, soil, below-ground ecosystem, disturbance

Contact: email – oh02@uw.edu

Jalene Weatherholt,  Undergraduate Capstone Student (2018 – 2019)

Jalene completed her undergraduate degree in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences with a capstone looking at data collected in the 2018 field season. Her research interests encompass the connection between soils, wildfire disturbance, and forest management. This fascination translated perfectly into her capstone research with the Harvey Lab (co-advised by Britt Johnson in SEFS) analyzing post-fire soil conditions of fires across the Pacific Northwest. Jalene observed soil hydrophobicity and other soil burn severity measurements so as to compare characteristics of above ground burn severity indicators with below ground conditions. She is now continuing this research as a masters student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Research Interests: soils, wildfire, disturbance, forest management

Contact: email – jweath19@uw.edu

Luke J. Semler,  Undergraduate Capstone Student (2017 – 2018)

Luke Semler is an undergraduate student in the Harvey Lab in the School of Environment and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington where he is earning a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Forest Management. After completion of his undergraduate studies this year, he is interested in pursuing his Master’s in subalpine forest ecology. Prior to his time at UW and returning home to the Pacific Northwest, Luke served with the United States Air Force. When he’s not studying, Luke enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and mountaineering.

Research Interests: Forest ecology and management, tree mortality, remote sensing, mycorrhizal relationships

Contact: email – lsemler@uw.edu; tel – (425) 478-2976

 Amber Noble,  Undergraduate Capstone Student (2017 – 2018)

Amber is a Senior in the Environmental Sciences and Resource Management program in the College of the Environment at UW and plans to graduate with her B.S. in June 2018. Her focus while attending UW includes forest restoration and management based on ecological forestry practices. She is interested in applying these practices to the Pacific Northwest forests for sustained timber harvesting while maintaining the integrity of the ecosystem services. Amber enjoys hiking, biking, reading, learning about trees, and spending time with friends.

Research Interests: forest ecology, sustainable forest management

Contact: email – anoble11@uw.edu; tel – (601) 672-0665

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SUMMER FIELD RESEARCH CREWS (reverse chronological order)

Summer 2021

Western Cascadia fire ecology and post-fire forest response: Francesca Dezza Parada (Yale), Sofia Kruzka (U Mich), Marcela Todd Zaragoza (UW), Madison Stone (UW), Eric Burres (UW), Davien Graham (MSU; UW Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program), Margalit Shetreat-Klein (Hunter College; UW Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program), Alex Mackinnon (UW), Ali Brown (UW), Cameron Zinke (UW), led by grad students Madison Laughlin, Liliana Rangel-Parra, and Jenna Morris

Summer 2020

California closed-cone pines (interval squeeze): Frannie Nelson (Colorado College), Kalina Stork (UW), led by grad student Michelle Agne

Washington fire ecology (east and west side fires): Marwa Mahmoud (UW), Marcela Todd Zaragoza (UW), Michael McNorvell (UW), Allison Phillips (UW), Roni Woodard (UW), Ashley Hillis (UW), Madison Stone (UW), Sienna Patton (UW), Spencer Vieira (Evergreen College), Ben Hagedorn (WWU), led by grad students Don Radcliffe, Madison Laughlin, and Liliana Rangel-Parra

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Summer 2019

California closed-cone pines (interval squeeze): Madison Laughlin (Northland College), led by grad student Michelle Agne

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Washington fire ecology (east and west side fires): Sarah Burrington (UW), Hiruni Jayasekera (UW), Michael McNorvell (UW), Hannah Wilson (UW), Spencer Vieira (Evergreen College), Nicole Lau (UW), Madison Laughlin (Northland College), led by grad students Don Radcliffe, Jenna Morris, and Michelle Buonanduci

Summer 2018

PNW Burn Severity: Jalene Weatherholt (UW), Callie Zender (UW), Peter Walsh (UW), led by grad student Saba Saberi

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California closed-cone pines (interval squeeze): Arielle Link (Colorado College), Thadeus Sternberg (UW), led by grad student Michelle Agne

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Fraser Experimental Forest, CO: Arielle Link (Colorado College), Thadeus Sternberg (UW), Sahale Riedel (Whitworth University), Aileen Liu (UW), Felicity Carroll (Carleton College), Nicole Lau (UW), led by grad students Michele Buonanduci, Jenna Morris, and Michelle Agne

Summer 2017

California closed-cone pines (interval squeeze): Joe Fontaine & Billi Weber (visiting scientists from Murdoch University), Joey Hulbert (U. Pretoria, SA), led by grad student Michelle Agne

Yellowstone: Alexandra Orrego (Georgia State University, led by grad student Saba Saberi and PI Brian Harvey

PNW Burn Severity: Sarah Salam (UW), Elise Pletcher (UW), Lewis Walden (visiting PhD student from Murdoch University in Australia), led by grad students Saba Saberi and Michelle Agne

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