Dylan Fischer, PhD., Forest 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. Forest Science (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. 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). My research in ecosystem ecology uses a diverse suite of methods to address linkages between plant diversity and ecosystem function. I focus on 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.

My teaching allows me to work in an even broader array of ecosystems because my classes often focus on conducting field studies. 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, Plant ecology and Physiology, Writing on the Wild Side, The Olympic Peninsula, Genes to Ecosystems, Educating on the Wild Side, and Introduction to Environmental Studies. In fall 2012/Winter 2013, I taught Water in the West: History and Ecology, a two quarter intensive program on the politics, environmental dilemmas, and biogeochemical and ecological issues associated with water in the western U.S. In 2013/14 I taught Temperate Rainforests: Biogeochemistry (fall and winter), and Field Ecology in spring quarter. I am currently teaching Advanced Field and Laboratory Biology in Southwestern Ecosystems. In Spring, 2015, I will teach a freshman-only program simply titled Trees. Contact me for more information! e-mail:   fischerd@evergreen.edu Phone: 360 867 6509