Elizabeth Harvey

Elizabeth Harvey

Biological Sciences
Phone: (603) 862-3418
Office: UNH Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall Rm 274, Durham, NH 03824

The Harvey Lab focuses on elucidating the mechanisms that mediate associations between marine microbes, with a focus on understanding interactions that result in microbial mortality. Research in the lab involves an integrated approach across multiple spatial scales - from molecules to ecosystems - to recognize the mechanisms underlying shifts in phytoplankton population dynamics and primary productivity, and ultimately, to better understand oceanic biogeochemical cycles and global climate.

The Harvey Lab is always looking for enthusiastic post-doctoral investigators, graduate and undergraduate students to join the lab. Email Dr. Harvey for more information!

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 400: Prof Perspectives on Biology
  • BIOL 412/412H: Intro Biol: Evol Biodiv & Ecol
  • BIOL 780: Capstone Companion Course
  • BIOL 795W: Independent Investigations
  • BIOL 855: Biological Oceanography
  • BIOL 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research
  • BIOL/MEFB 855/755: Biological Oceanography
  • GEN 713/813: Microbial Ecology & Evolution
  • GEN 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • MEFB 503: Introduction to Marine Biology
  • MEFB 755: Biological Oceanography
  • MEFB 799H: MEFB Honors Senior Thesis


  • D, University of Rhode Island
  • M.S., Western Washington University
  • B.S., University of Maine

Research Interests

  • Biological Oceanography

Selected Publications

  • Diaz, B. P., Knowles, B., Johns, C. T., Laber, C. P., Bondoc, K. G. V., Haramaty, L., . . . Bidle, K. D. (2021). Seasonal mixed layer depth shapes phytoplankton physiology, viral production, and accumulation in the North Atlantic. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 12(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26836-1

  • Wagner, S., Harvey, E., Baetge, N., McNair, H., Arrington, E., & Stubbins, A. (2021). Investigating Atmospheric Inputs of Dissolved Black Carbon to the Santa Barbara Channel During the Thomas Fire (California, USA). JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 126(8). doi:10.1029/2021JG006442

  • Harvey, E. L., Anderson, S. R., Diou-Cass, Q., & Duffy, P. I. (2021). Assessing the Temporal Variability and Drivers of Transparent Exopolymer Particle Concentrations and Production Rates in a Subtropical Estuary. ESTUARIES AND COASTS, 44(4), 1010-1019. doi:10.1007/s12237-020-00847-5

  • Pollara, S. B., Becker, J. W., Nunn, B. L., Boiteau, R., Repeta, D., Mudge, M. C., . . . Whalen, K. E. (2021). Bacterial Quorum-Sensing Signal Arrests Phytoplankton Cell Division and Impacts Virus-Induced Mortality. MSPHERE, 6(3). doi:10.1128/mSphere.00009-21

  • Anderson, S., Chisholm, M., & Harvey, E. (2021). Investigating temperature effects on coastal microbial populations and trophic interactions with 16S and 18S rRNA metabarcoding. doi:10.1101/2021.03.17.435717

  • Anderson, S. R., & Harvey, E. L. (2019). Seasonal Variability and Drivers of Microzooplankton Grazing and Phytoplankton Growth in a Subtropical Estuary. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 6. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00174

  • Behrenfeld, M. J., Moore, R. H., Hostetler, C. A., Graff, J., Gaube, P., Russell, L. M., . . . Ziemba, L. (2019). The North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES): Science Motive and Mission Overview. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 6. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00122

  • Harvey, E. L., Deering, R. W., Rowley, D. C., El Gamal, A., Schorn, M., Moore, B. S., . . . Whalen, K. E. (2016). A Bacterial Quorum-Sensing Precursor Induces Mortality in the Marine Coccolithophore, Emiliania huxleyi. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 7. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00059

  • Strom, S. L., Harvey, E. L., Fredrickson, K. A., & Menden-Deuer, S. (2013). Broad Salinity Tolerance as a Refuge from Predation in the Harmful Raphidophyte Alga Heterosigma akashiwo (Raphidophyceae).. J Phycol, 49(1), 20-31. doi:10.1111/jpy.12013

  • Harvey, E. L., & Menden-Deuer, S. (2012). Predator-induced fleeing behaviors in phytoplankton: a new mechanism for harmful algal bloom formation?. PLoS One, 7(9), e46438. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046438

  • Most Cited Publications