Dylan Fischer, Ph.D., Forest Ecosystem Ecology, The Evergreen State College



Dylan G. Fischer, Ph.D.

Faculty in Forest Ecosystem Ecology

B.S. Environmental Science (Botany), Oregon State University, 1998

M.S. Forestry (Tree Physiology), Northern Arizona University, 2001

Ph.D. Forest Science (Ecosystem Science), Northern Arizona University, 2005

PUBLICATIONS (click here) or find me here on ResearchGate

I have been a faculty member at The Evergreen State College since 2005. My research in ecosystem ecology uses a diverse suite of methods to address linkages between plant diversity and ecosystem function. I focus on riparian forest ecology, soil carbon, nutrient cycling, root dynamics, tree physiology, and forest carbon cycling. I have been especially interested in linkages between tree molecular genetics and ecosystem ecology of riparian forests in the West, and Southwest (USA). My work with tree roots has taken me belowground using underground camera technology. I have also worked with pine forests, grassland and prairie systems, and temperate rainforests of the Northwest (USA). Check out the Evergreen Field and Ecosystem Ecology Lab page with links to more research from my lab. I also manage the Evergreen Field and Ecosystem Ecology Lab, and the Evergreen Ecological Observation Network (a network of ecosystem measurement plots in the Evergreen campus forest reserve- EEON). Please feel free to contact me with interest in these projects. 

My teaching allows me to work in an even broader array of ecosystems because my classes often focus on conducting field studies and hands-on ecological science. Recent remote field sites I have worked in include the Skokomish River (WA), Mount Saint Helens (WA), Cibola National Wildlife Refuge (AZ), Grand Canyon (AZ), The Sinlahekin Valley (WA), the Metolius River (OR), and the prairies of the southern Puget Sound lowlands (WA). Some recent classes I’ve taught include Temperate Rainforests: BiogeochemistryField Ecology, Trees, Plant ecology and Physiology, Water in the West: History and Ecology, Field and Laboratory Biology in Southwestern Ecosystems, The Olympic Peninsula, Genes to Ecosystems, and Introduction to Environmental Studies. I am currently teaching Temperate Rainforests. In Winter 2016 I will be joining forces with Dr. Lalita Calabria to teach Plant Ecology and Physiology. In Spring, 2016, I will be teaching Field Ecology with Dr. Erik Thuesen, a Marine biologist. In Fall, 2016, I will once again teach Introduction to Environmental Studies with Dr. Martha Henderson. 

Contact me for more information! e-mail:   fischerd@evergreen.edu Phone: 360 867 6509