Dylan Fischer, Ph.D. 

Member of the Faculty (Forest Ecology), The Evergreen State College

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

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

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

Watch a short research-bio. video for my repeating program, Forests

My research in ecosystem ecology addresses linkages between plant diversity and ecosystem function, and ecosystem responses to disturbance. I focus on riparian forest ecology, forest carbon cycling, community change, nutrient cycling, root dynamics, and whole-tree tree physiology.

  • I have worked extensively with a collaborative research network – the Cottonwood Ecology Group – to understand linkages between tree molecular genetics and ecosystem ecology of riparian forestsin the West, and the Southwest (USA).
  • My work with tree roots has made extensive use of belowground camera technology and understanding belowground carbon balance.
  • I manage long-term datasets on temperate rainforest carbon dynamics. These projects intersect with training students how to conduct forest carbon stock inventories.
  • I use long-term plots to study forest understory plant community recovery following the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. This project is a continuation of the 40-year study by Dr. Joe Antos (UBC – Victoria) and Dr. Donald Zobel (OSU)
  • My other work in plant community ecology has addressed plant community responses to fire and spatial scale.

My teaching (Evergreen Faculty member since 2005) 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: Biogeochemistry and ManagementTrees, Water in the West: History and Ecology, Introduction to Environmental StudiesForestsPlant Ecology and Physiology, and Field Ecology.

Feel free to contact me about projects, ideas, and classes!