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Mark Harmon

Phone: (541) 737-8455
Phone: (978) 724-0045 ext 223
Fax: (541) 737-1393
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Oregon State University
Dept. of Forest Science
321 Richardson Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-5752

Official position at address above: Richardson Chair in Forest Science & Professor
Educational Institutions attended: Ph.D., 1986, Botany, Oregon State University, Corvallis
MS, 1980, Ecology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BS, 1975, Biology, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Roles/Affiliations: Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)
Principal Collaborators: Acker, S. A
Alavarez-Sanchez, F. J
Austin, A.
Bible, K.
Berg, B.
Bond, B.
Caldwell, B. G
Chen, H.
Chertov, O. N.
Cohen, W. B.
Cromack, K., Jr.
Currie., W. S.
Daley, C.
Fasth, B.
Ferrell, W. K.
Franklin, J. F.
Gholz, H. L.
Greene, S. E
Gregory, S. V.
Griffiths, R. P
Harcombe, P. A.
Harmon. J. M.
Henshaw, D.
Hicks, W. T.
Homann, P. S.
Houghton, R. A
Huff, M.
Janisch, J. E.
Johnson, S. L.
Jones, J. A.
Kashpor, N. N
Kerkvliet, J.
Kobak, K. I.
Krankina, O. N.
Kukuyev, Y. A.
Lajtha, K
McDonnell, J.
Miller, J.
Moldenke, A.
Parton, W. J.
Pruyn. M. L.
Sexton, J.
Shaw, D. A.
Smithwick, E. A.
Soloviev, V.
Swanson, F. J.
Treyfeld, R. F.
Yatskov, M.

General Interests: Forest ecology
Current Research Projects/Activities: Predicting woody detritus dynamics in forests
Assessing the impact of forest practices of carbon stores of forests
Long-term decomposition dynamics of leaf and root litter
Intersite LTER/International Activities: Comparison of fire root decomposition dynamics in PNW and Taiwan


Harmon, M.E.; Fasth, B.; Halpern, C.B.; Lutz, J.A. 2015. Uncertainty analysis: An evaluation metric for synthesis science. Ecosphere. 6(4):art63; 12p. doi: 10.1890/ES14-00235.1 (Pub No: 4909)
Harmon, M.E.; Pabst, R.J. 2015. Testing predictions of forest succession using long-term measurements: 100 yrs of observations in the Oregon Cascades. Journal of Vegetation Science. 26: 722-732. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12273 (Pub No: 4880)
Woolley, Travis J.; Harmon, Mark E.; O’Connell, Kari B. 2015. Inter-annual variability and spatial coherence of net primary productivity across a western Oregon Cascades landscape, Forest Ecology and Management, 335(1):60-70. ISSN 0378-1127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2014.09.028. (Pub No: 4871)
Harmon, Mark E.; Rastetter, Edward B. 2014. A useable simulation model archive: Does it really exist? LTER Databits (http://databits.lternet.edu). Fall 2014. (Pub No: 4905)
Stephenson, N. L.; Das, A. J.; Condit, R.; Russo, S. E.; Baker, P. J.; Beckman, N. G.; Coomes, D. A.; Lines, E. R.; Morris, W. K.; Ruger, N.; Alvarez, E.; Blundo, C.; Bunyavejchewin, S.; Chuyong, G.; Davies, S. J.; Duque, A.; Ewango, C. N.; Flores, O.; Franklin, J. F.; Grau, H. R.; Hao, Z.; Harmon, M. E.; Hubbell, S. P.; Kenfack, D.; Lin, Y.; Makana, J.-R.; Malizia, A.; Malizia, L. R.; Pabst, R. J.; Pongpattananurak, N.; Su, S.-H.; Sun, I-F.; Tan, S.; Thomas, D.; van Mantgem, P. J.; Wang, X.; Wiser, S. K.; Zavala, M. A. 2014. Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size. Nature. 2014/01/15/online:1476-4687. doi:10.1038/nature12914. (Pub No: 4835)
van Huysen, Tiff L.; Harmon, Mark E.; Perakis, Steven S.; Chen, Hua. 2013. Decomposition and nitrogen dynamics of 15N-labeled leaf, root, and twig litter in temperate coniferous forests. Oecologia. 173:1563–1573, doi:10.1007/s00442-013-2706-8. (Pub No: 4832)
Mitchell, Stephen R.; Harmon, Mark E.; O'Connell, Kari E. B. 2012. Carbon debt and carbon sequestration parity in forest bioenergy production. GCB Bioenergy. 4(6): 818-827. (Pub No: 4838)
Sierra, C. A.; Harmon, M. E.; Thomann, E.; Perakis, S. S.; Loescher, H. W. 2011. Amplification and dampening of soil respiration by changes in temperature variability. Biogeosciences. 8: 951-961, doi:10.5194/bg-8-951-2011. (Pub No: 4722)
Currie, W. S.; Harmon, M. E.; Burke, I. C.; Hart, S. C.; Parton, W. J.; Silver, W. 2010. Cross-biome transplants of plant litter show decomposition models extend to a broader climatic range but lose predictability at the decadal time scale. Global Change Biology. 16: 1744-1761. (Pub No: 4266)
Ryan, Michael G.; Harmon, Mark E.; Birdsey, Richard A.; Giardina, Christian P.; Heath, Linda S.; Houghton, Richard A.; Jackson, Robert B.; McKinley, Duncan C.; Morrison, James F.; Murray, Brian C.; Pataki, Diane E.; Skog, Kenneth E. 2010. A synthesis of the science on forests and carbon for U.S. forests. Issues in Ecology. Washington, DC: Ecological Society of America. Spring(13): 1-16. (Pub No: 4607)
Sharik, Terry L.; Adair, William; Baker, Fred A.; Battaglia, Michael; Comfort, Emily J.; D'Amato, Anthony W.; Delong, Craig; DeRose, R. Justin; Ducey, Mark J.; Harmon, Mark; Levy, Louise; Logan, Jesse A.; O’Brien, Joseph; Palik, Brian J.; Roberts, Scott D.; Rogers, Paul C.; Shinnerman, Douglas J.; Spies, Thomas; Taylor, Sarah L.; Woodall, Christopher; Youngblood, Andrew. 2010. Emerging themes in the ecology and management of North American forests. International Journal of Forestry Research. doi:10.1155/2010/964260. (Pub No: 4588)
Harmon, Mark E.; Marks, Barbara. 2002. Effects of silvicultural practices on carbon stores in Douglas-fir - western hemlock forests in the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.: results from a simulation model. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 32: 863-877. (Pub No: 2379)
Smithwick, Erica A. H.; Harmon, Mark E.; Remillard, Suzanne M.; Acker, Steven A.; Franklin, Jerry F. 2002. Potential upper bounds of carbon stores in forests of the Pacific Northwest. Ecological Applications. 12(5): 1303-1317. (Pub No: 2833)
Harmon, Mark E. 2001. Moving towards a new paradigm for woody detritus management. Ecological Bulletins. 49: 269-278. (Pub No: 3033)
Harmon, Mark E. 2001. Carbon sequestration in forests: addressing the scale question. Journal of Forestry. 99(4): 24-29. (Pub No: 2772)
Chen, Hua; Harmon, Mark E.; Griffiths, Robert P.; Hicks, William. 2000. Effects of temperature and moisture on carbon respired from decomposing woody roots. Forest Ecology and Management. 138: 51-64. (Pub No: 2653)
Harmon, Mark E.; Krankina, Olga N.; Sexton, Jay. 2000. Decomposition vectors: a new approach to estimating woody detritus decomposition dynamics. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 30: 76-84. (Pub No: 2598)

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Hometown: Wayland, Massachusetts
Personal Interests: Travel, guitar, fishing