OCCRI Researchers

Title: Richardson Chair and Professor
Name: Mark Harmon
Institution: Oregon State University
Department: Forest Science

Oregon State University, PhD Botany & Plant Pathology, 1986
University of Tennessee, M.S. Ecology, 1980
Amherst College, B.A. Biology, 1975

Research Theme: Decomposition of wood. His overarching goal is to eventually combine carbon theory, mathematics, modeling, and empirical studies into an integrated theory he dubs the “Carbon Knowledge System.” Check out the Forest Sector Carbon Calculator at: http://landcarb.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

Research Fields:

Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Human Impacts Economics
Impacts Ecosystems and Populations
Impacts Physical
Modeling Ecosystems

Professional Activities:

Co-Director Central Chemical Analytical Laboratory, Oregon State University, August 2002-present

Professor and Richardson Chair in Forest Science, Oregon State University, August 1999-present

Selected Publications:

Harmon, M. E., B. Fasth, C. Woodall, J. Sexton. In press. Carbon concentration of standing and downed woody detritus: Effects of tree taxa, decay class position, and tissue type. Forest Ecology and Management.

Krankina, O. N., M. E. Harmon, F. Schnekenburger, and C. A. Sierra. 2012. Carbon balance on federal forest lands of western Oregon and Washington. Forest Ecology and Management 286:171-182.

Goetz, S. J., B. Bond-Lamberty, B. Law, J. Hicke, R. A. Houghton, S. McNulty, T. O’Halloran, A. J. H. Meddens, E. M. Mildrexler, E. Kasischke, and M. E. Harmon. 2012. Observations and assessment of forest carbon recovery following disturbance in North America. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 117: G02022, doi:10.1029/2011JG001733.

Campbell, J. L., M. E. Harmon, S. R. Mitchell. 2012. Can fuel reduction treatments really increase forest carbon storage in the western US by reducing future fire emissions? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment10(2): 83-90.

Mitchell, S. R., M. E. Harmon, K. B. O’Connell, and F. Schnekenberger. 2012. Carbon debt and carbon sequestration parity in forest bioenergy production. Global Change Biology-Bioenergy 4:818-827.