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Thompson Rivers University

Jill E. Harvey

Dr. Jill E. Harvey

Canada Research Chair in Fire Ecology


Dr. Jill Harvey conducts research in the areas of wildfire and forest ecology, including historical wildfire regimes, the effects of recent wildfires on vegetation regeneration, and effects of drought on trees and forests. Her research relies on field-based datasets from tree-rings, vegetation inventories, and long-term monitoring studies to describe the ecological effects of wildfire in the past, and how future wildfires may change forest and grassland ecosystems.

Expertise and research

Research: Tree Rings, Forest Disturbance, Ecology, Climate Change, Drought

Education and credentials

  • B.Sc. Geography, University of Victoria
  • M.Sc. Geography, University of Victoria
  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Victoria


  • 2021 - Present | Thompson Rivers University
    Canada Research Chair in Fire Ecology and Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Sciences, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia
  • 2019 – 2021 | Northern Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service
    Research Scientist
  • 2017 – 2019 | Universität Greifswald, Germany
    Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology
  • 2013 – 2017 | University of Victoria
    Course Instructor

Academic publications

Harvey, J.E., Smiljanić, M., Scharnweber, T., Buras, A., Cedro, A., Cruz-García, R., Drobyshev, I., Janecka, K., Jansons, A., Kaczka, R., Klisz, M., Läänelaid, A., Matison, R., Muffler, L., Sohar, K., Spyt, B., Stolz, J., van der Maaten, E., van der Maaten-Theunissen, M., Vitas, A., Weigel, R., Kreyling, J., Wilmking, M. 2020. Tree growth influenced by warming winter climate and summer moisture availability in northern temperate forests. Global Change Biology 26:2505-2518.

Harvey, J., Smith, D., Veblen T.T. 2017. Mixed-severity fire history at a forest-grassland ecotone in west central British Columbia, Canada. Ecological Applications 27:1746-1760.

Harvey, J., Smith, D. 2017. Interannual climate variability drives regional fires in west central British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences 122:1759-1774.


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