Grant Harley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Geology

The newly-established Tree-Ring Lab @ SouthernMiss offers a wide variety of research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Our lab is centered around the science of dendrochronology, or the study of tree rings, which is a leading method for recording and monitoring ecological processes, climate change, and human impacts on the natural environment. Our research interests are broad, but focus on landscape dynamics and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. We use a variety of research methods, tools, and techniques to investigate topics related to forest dynamics and climatic variability at various spatiotemporal scales.

Recent Publications:

Harley, G.L., H.D. Grissino-Mayer, and S.P. Horn. Fire history and forest structure of endangered an endangered subtropical ecosystem in the Florida Keys, U.S.A., International Journal of Wildland Fire, In Press.

Grissino-Mayer, H.D., J.T. Maxwell, G.L. Harley, N.A. Garland, D.H. Holt, C. Aspher, B.J. Beale, M.S. Boehm, KA. de Graauw, A.M. Rautio, and A.W. Dye. Denrochronology reveals the construction history of an early 19th century farm settlement, southwestern Virginia, USA. Journal of Archaeological Science, In Press.

Harley, G.L., H.D. Grissino-Mayer, J.A. Franklin, C. Anderson, and N. Köse. 2012. Cambial activity of Pinus elliottii var. densa reveals influence of solar radiation on seasonal growth dynamics in the Florida Keys. Trees–Structure and Function 26(5): 1449–1459. doi: 10.1007/s00468-012-0719-2