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PAID Field Assistant positions for Summer 2021 in the Harvey Lab; Apply Now! – Feb 2021

We are hiring 7-9 field assistants to work on research projects in recently burned and old-growth forests of the western Cascades during the summer 2021 field season.. Please see the “Join” page for more information, and see the position description for more information on how to apply. We will begin reviewing applications on Feb 26. Apply now!

New paper: Factors associated with subalpine fir mortality across spatial scales in the US Rocky Mountains – Jan 2021

In this paper, we examined factors were associated with forest mortality (subalpine fir decline) across four spatial scales in the US Rocky Mountains, spanning subcontinental extents to individual trees and their neighbors. While broad scale temporal patterns in subalpine fir mortality were associated with periods of drought, local-scale biotic processes mediated mortality at fine scales, and mortality was greatest spatially in locally mesic sites. Large subalpine fir trees and those near dead neighboring trees were most likely to die in recent mortality events.  Here’s a link to the paper in Ecosphere!

New paper: How growth rate and neighborhood context affect tree survival in a beetle outbreak – Congrats to Michele Buonanduci! – Aug 2020

In this paper, led by PhD student Michele Buonanduci, the effects of tree growth rate and neighborhood context leading up to a bark beetle outbreak on mortality probability were tested. Large trees (> 30 cm dia) nearly all died; small trees (<10 cm dia) nearly all survived, but for trees of intermediate size, their neighbors and how fast they grew prior to the outbreak mattered for survival probability. Congrats Michele! Here’s a link to the paper in Ecosphere!

Two new grants to study fires and forest response of the Western Cascades – Apr/May 2020

This spring, along with our collaborators, we were fortunate to receive funding for two projects to continue our research on the causes and consequences of fire in western Cascadia. We were awarded a USGS NW Climate Adaptation Science Center grant to study the climate and weather drivers of westside fires, as well as to understand how post-fire climate affects forest regeneration in N OR and WA. In addition, we were selected for a USFS PNW Initiative to expand our plot network begun on the Norse Peak Fire to better understand how pre-fire forest conditions, burn severity, and landscape context shape post-fire early seral conditions and post-fire succession across additional fires in N OR and WA. This work is in collaboration with Daniel C. Donato (WA DNR); Joshua Halofsky (WA DNR); Crystal Raymond (UW); Philip North (Tulalip Tribes); Nick Bond (UW); Karin Bumbaco (UW); Jerry F. Franklin (UW-SEFS); Dave W. Peterson (USFS).

Here’s a video field tour from 2019 of our research sites in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest: https://www.washington.edu/news/2019/08/23/wildfires-are-possible-on-the-west-side-of-the-cascades/

PAID Field Assistant positions for Summer 2020 in the Harvey Lab; Apply Now! – Jan 2020

We are hiring 5-7 field assistants to work on several research projects in forests across the western US during summer 2020. Please see the “Join” page for more information, and see the position description flier for more information on how to apply. We will begin reviewing applications on Feb 21. Apply now!

Congratulations to Saba Saberi on thesis defense – Dec 2019

Congrats to Saba Saberi for a successful defense of her MS thesis “Quantifying burn severity in forests of the interior Pacific Northwest: From field measurements to satellite spectral indices” on Dec 10.  Starting in winter 2020, Saba will be working as an analyst in UW-SEFS working for the Precision Forestry Cooperative. Congrats Saba – the first grad student from the original Harvey Lab cohort to graduate!

Congratulations to Michele Buonanduci on thesis defense – Nov 2019

Congrats to Michele Buonanduci for a successful defense of her MS thesis “Spatial modeling of lodgepole pine mortality and implications for drivers of bark beetle outbreaks” on Nov 21.  Michele will be saying on in the Harvey Lab as a PhD student starting in winter 2020. Congrats Michele – the first graduate degree defense in the Harvey Lab!

Welcome to the lab – Madison Laughlin and Andrea Duane – Nov 2019

In November 2019 the Harvey Lab welcomes two new members. Madison Laughlin (photo above, left) joins the Harvey Lab as a research scientist working on a project with Jon Bakker and Ernesto Alvarado (SEFS) and collaborators at the WA DNR on forest structure, fire risk, and restoration opportunities in eastern Washington. Also joining us just for the month of November is visiting scientist Andrea Duane (photo above, right), who is a postdoc visiting us from Spain, where she works with Lluis Brotons on forest disturbance landscape modeling in fire-prone Mediterranean ecosystems. Welcome Madison and Andrea!

Video tour about Our Westside Fires research – Aug 2019

Here’s a glimpse into our research projects exploring the causes and consequences of wildfires on the west side of the Cascades, a collaboration with Dan Donato and Josh Halofsky at the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

New grants/fellowships – congrats to Michelle Agne! – Sept 2019

Last spring, PhD student Michelle Agne was hard at work preparing for her PhD general exam, as well as preparing two research proposals. This summer and fall, PhD *candidate* (as she passed her PhD general exam in June!) was selected for funding for BOTH of the proposals she submitted. In brief, Michelle will be funded by the Joint Fire Sciences Program for a Graduate Innovation Award to expand her research on the fire ecology of knobcone pine in California and her selection as a NW Climate Adaptation Science Center Fellow will allow her to expand this work to Oregon and Washington, and co-produce insights with land managers. Congrats Michelle!

Welcome to the lab – Don Radcliffe – June 2019

Don Radcliffe joined the Harvey Lab in 2019 as a new PhD student. Don joins us after completing his MS at The Ohio State University. Don will start his PhD research on our lab projects looking at fire ecology and management in forests on the east side of the Cascade crest. His initial work in summer 2019 is focusing on re-measurements of the Fire and Fire Surrogates project in Mission Creek WA (which he is admiring in this photo!). Welcome Don!

PAID Field Assistant positions for Summer 2019 in the Harvey Lab; Apply Now! – Feb 2019

We are hiring 3-5 field assistants to work on our projects on fire ecology and forest ecology in the Cascade Mountains in summer 2019. Please see the “Join” page for more information, and see the position description flier for more information on how to apply. We will begin reviewing applications on March 4. Apply now!

New grant (National Science Foundation) to examine forest disturbance and resilience – March 2019

Our grant proposal “Spatiotemporal Interactions Among Biotic Disturbance Agents, Biological Legacies, and Compensatory Responses: Consequences for Temperate Forest Resilience” was selected to be funded by the National Science Foundation Divisions of Environmental Biology and Geography and Spatial Sciences. We can’t wait to get started on this project, which will involve co-PIs Dr. Patrick Tobin (UW-SEFS), Dr. Sarah Hart (University of Wisconsin), and Dr. Dan Donato (Washington Department of Natural Resources). Read more about it here and stay tuned as we post more updates!

New paper: incorporating biophysical gradients and uncertainty into burn severity maps – Feb 2019

In this paper, led by Dr. Harvey and in collaboration with Robert Andrus (University of Colorado) and Sean Anderson (DFO Canada), we assess how satellite indices that are used to map forest fire severity relate to unique components of ‘on-the-ground’ measures of burn severity, and how models can be improved by incorporating information on geography, topography, and forest conditions prior to the fire. We also explore the consequences of uncertainty in burn severity maps, and what that means for spatial patterns of fires. Here’s a link to the paper in Ecosphere!

New grant (UW Royalty Research Funds) to initiate research project on fires of the Western Cascades – Jan 2019

We were awarded a University of Washington Royalty Research Funds grant to build our research program looking at fires and post-fire forest response on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. This particular project will be using the Norse Peak Fire (burned in 2017 immediately NE of Mt. Rainier National Park) as a focal research site. Fieldwork will begin summer 2019!

PhD Student Michelle Agne passes her Qualifying Exam – Jan 2019

We celebrated a milestone event when Michelle Agne became the first Harvey Lab graduate student to pass their PhD Qualifying Exam in January 2019. Michelle’s PhD research is working on our project looking at how climate warming and increased fire frequency are affecting serotinous conifer forests, where she is using the California Closed Cone Pines as a model system to test hypotheses. Congratulations Michelle!

Seeking new PhD student to study fire ecology and forest resilience in the Cascade Mountains – Oct 2018

Dr. Harvey is seeking a prospective PhD student interested in studying fire ecology and forest resilience on the east and west side of the Cascade Mountains. The ideal candidate will start in late spring or early summer 2019 to begin fieldwork in the eastern Cascades prior to the 2019-2020 academic year. Click here for more information!

Our research was featured on the front page of the Seattle Times – Sep 2018

Our research examining burn severity in forests across the interior Pacific Northwest and a budding project to examine post-fire forest dynamics on the west side of the Cascade Mountains were featured on the front page of the Seattle Times on Tuesday Sept. 4.  Check out the article here, featuring interviews from the field with Jerry Franklin, Josh Halofsky, and Brian Harvey!

New Grant (USDA NIFA): Forest resilience to fire in WA – Aug 2018

We were awarded a new grant from the USDA NIFA Program to test how past fuel treatments affect resistance and resilience to severe fire in dry forests on the eastern slope of the Cascades. This project will be in collaboration with researchers at the Washington State Department of Resources. Work will begin in early-mid 2019!

Video about NSF-RAPID project in Yellowstone – Aug 2018

What might subalpine forests look like in a warmer future with more frequent and severe fire? Here’s a glimpse into our project exploring this in Yellowstone, a collaboration between the Turner Lab at the University of Wisconsin and the Harvey Lab at the University of Washington.

Congrats to undergrads Amber Noble and Luke Semler! – June 2018

A big congrats to Amber Noble and Luke Semler, who both completed their UW-SEFS Senior Capstone Projects in the Harvey Lab. Amber researched the historical and contemporary environmental correlates of western red cedar distribution on the Olympic Peninsula, and Luke researched the relationship between site productivity and subalpine fir mortality in Colorado. Congrats to both on a job well done, on graduating in June, and on becoming new parents!

Congrats to grad students Michelle Agne and Saba Saberi! – May 2018

Michele and Saba won 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the student poster contest at the 2018 Association for Fire Ecology / International Association for Wildland Fire Fire Continuum Conference in Missoula, MT. Congrats to Michelle and Saba! Go #HarveyLab!

New Grant (USGS NWCASC): Changing Climate and effects on forests in PNW – Aug 2017

We have been awarded a new grant from the USGS Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center to synthesize the effects of a changing climate on forests and forest disturbances (e.g., fire, insect outbreaks) in the Pacific Northwest region. This project will involve compiling a review paper and several research briefs, and is in collaboration with researchers at the US Forest Service and UW-SEFS.

New Grant (USFS GTAC): Burn severity in the field and from space in the Northwest – June 2017

We were awarded a grant from the USFS Geospatial Technologies Applications Center to improve models that related field measures of burn severity to satellite indices that are widely used to map burn severity in forests across the Pacific Northwest. This project will involve establishing >300 field plots in forests in WA, OR, ID,, MT, and WY that burned in 2016 or 2017 and then relating those field measures to satellite indices. The project is in collaboration with researchers at the US Forest Service.

New Grant (USDA NIFA): Forest disturbance and old growth in subalpine Rocky Mountains – May 2017

We were awarded a grant from the USDA NIFA Program to test how past management history affects susceptibility to mountain pine beetle outbreaks, and what the intersection of management x beetle outbreak means for fire risk and forest stand development. This project will involve re-surveying plots at Fraser Experimental Forest in Colorado that were established in 1937, and is in collaboration with researchers at Oregon State University and the US Forest Service.

New Grant (NSF RAPID): Short-interval reburns – Feb 2017

We have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to examine what happens to subalpine forests in the Northern Rocky Mountains when they experience two severe fires in an anomalously short interval. This occurred when the 2016 Maple Fire burned >18,000 hectares of forest that had burned in the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. This project involves collaboration with researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

the Harvey Lab at UW begins! – Mar 2017

Dr. Brian Harvey has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, and is looking to grow his lab. See the story written in the SEFS blog Offshoots.