Elizabeth Harvey

Assistant Professor
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
  • MEFB 503: Introduction to Marine Biology
  • MEFB 755: Biological Oceanography
  • ZOOL 750/850: Biological Oceanography

Selected Publications

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

Whalen, K. E., Becker, J. W., Schrecengost, A. M., Gao, Y., Giannetti, N., & Harvey, E. L. (2019). Bacterial alkylquinolone signaling contributes to structuring microbial communities in the ocean. Microbiome, 7(1). doi:10.1186/s40168-019-0711-9

Whalen, K. E., Kirby, C., Nicholson, R. M., O’Reilly, M., Moore, B. S., & Harvey, E. L. (2018). The chemical cue tetrabromopyrrole induces rapid cellular stress and mortality in phytoplankton. Scientific Reports, 8(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-33945-3

Anderson, S. R., Diou‐Cass, Q. P., & Harvey, E. L. (2018). Short‐term estimates of phytoplankton growth and mortality in a tidal estuary. Limnology and Oceanography, 63(6), 2411-2422. doi:10.1002/lno.10948

Bittar, T. B., Passow, U., Hamaraty, L., Bidle, K. D., & Harvey, E. L. (2018). An updated method for the calibration of transparent exopolymer particle measurements. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 16(10), 621-628. doi:10.1002/lom3.10268

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). Journal of Phycology, 49(1), 20-31. doi:10.1111/jpy.12013

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

Behrenfeld, M. J., Moore, R. H., Hostetler, C. A., Graff, J., Gaube, P., Russell, L. M., . . . Ziemba, L. (n.d.). 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., & Menden-Deuer, S. (n.d.). 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., Deering, R. W., Rowley, D. C., El Gamal, A., Schorn, M., Moore, B. S., . . . Whalen, K. E. (n.d.). A Bacterial Quorum-Sensing Precursor Induces Mortality in the Marine Coccolithophore, Emiliania huxleyi. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00059

Most Cited Publications