Elizabeth Harvey

Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
Office: UNH Biological Sciences, Spaulding Hall, 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!


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

Research Interests

  • Biological Oceanography

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 795W: Independent Investigations
  • BIOL/MEFB 855/755: Biological Oceanography
  • GEN 713/813: Microbial Ecology & Evolution
  • MEFB 503: Introduction to Marine Biology
  • MEFB 755: Biological Oceanography
  • ZOOL 750/850: 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.. Nat Commun, 12(1), 6634. 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

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

Harvey, E. L., Anderson, S. R., Diou-Cass, Q., & Duffy, P. I. (2020). Assessing the Temporal Variability and Drivers of Transparent Exopolymer Particle Concentrations and Production Rates in a Subtropical Estuary. ESTUARIES AND COASTS. doi:10.1007/s12237-020-00847-5

Bisson, K. M., Baetge, N., Kramer, S. J., Catlett, D., Girling, G., McNair, H., . . . Valentine, D. L. (2020). California Wildfire Burns Boundaries Between Science and Art. OCEANOGRAPHY, 33(1), 16-19. doi:10.5670/oceanog.2020.110

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

Harvey, E. L., & Menden-Deuer, S. (2011). Avoidance, movement, and mortality: The interactions between a protistan grazer and Heterosigma akashiwo, a harmful algal bloom species. Limnology and Oceanography, 56(1), 371-378. doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.1.0371

Most Cited Publications