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 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. Here’s a write up in the SEFS news site, Offshoots. 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.