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Brady S Hardiman

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology
765.494.3593
765.494.9461
PFEN Room G021F
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, In 47907

Environmental & Ecological Engineering 

  • Assistant Professor


Dr. Brady Hardiman received a B.S. in Biology from Ashland University in 2003. After graduating, he spent two years as a research technician in a light microscope facility at the University of Missouri Columbia. In 2012, he earned a Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Purdue, he was a postdoctoral associate at Boston University working on forest community risk and resilience to climate change and the role of urban vegetation in regional carbon budgets. Brady’s research focuses on understanding the interaction of structure and function in coupled natural and human ecosystems. Specific interests include the role of vegetation in urban carbon cycling and the influence of forest canopy structure on long-term carbon sequestration rates. His research is directed toward improving management strategies for urban and rural forests to optimize provision of ecosystem services such as carbon storage and climate mitigation.

Awards & Honors

(2013) ALOS PALSAR Award. Alaska Satellite Facility.

Selected Publications

Hardiman, B., Gough, C. M., Van Aardt, J., Atkins, J., Fahey, R., & Strahler, A. (2018). An ecological niche for Terrestrial LiDAR Systems. Manuscript in preparation.

LaRue, E. A., Atkins, J. W., Dahlin, K., Fahey, R., Fei, S., Gough, C. M., & Hardiman, B. (2018). inking Landsat to terrestrial LIDAR: Spectral indices of greenness and brightness are correlated with canopy structural complexity. Manuscript in preparation.

Atkins, J. W., Fahey, R., Hardiman, B., & Gough, C. M. (n.d.). Forest structural complexity predicts canopy light absorption at the sub-continental scale. Manuscript in preparation.

Atkins, J. W., Bohrer, G., Fahey, R., Hardiman, B., Morin, T., Stovall, A., . . . Gough, C. M. (n.d.). Quantifying forest and canopy structural complexity metrics from terrestrial  LiDAR data using the forestr R package. Manuscript in preparation.

Fotis, A. T., Morin, T. H., Fahey, R. T., & Hardiman, B. (2018). Forest structure in space and time: Biotic and abiotic determinants of canopy complexity and their effects on net primary productivity. Agric For Meteorol, 250-251, 181-191.

Fahey, R., Alveshere, B., Burton, J., D'Amato, A., Dickinson, Y., Keeton, W., . . . Hardiman, B. (n.d.). Shifting conceptions of complexity in forest management and silviculture. Forest Ecology and Management.

Hardiman, B., Wang, J. A., Hutyra, L. R., Gately, C. K., Getson, J. M., & Friedl, M. A. (2017). Accounting for urban biogenic fluxes in regional carbon budgets. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 592, 366-372. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.028

Hardiman, B., Gough, C. M., Butnor, J. R., Bohrer, G., Detto, M., & Curtis, P. S. (2017). Coupling Fine-Scale Root and Canopy Structure Using Ground-Based Remote Sensing. REMOTE SENSING, 9(2). doi:10.3390/rs9020182

Gough, C. M., Curtis, P. S., Hardiman, B., & Scheuermann, C. M. (n.d.). Carbon storage across stand development in North America’s temperate deciduous forests: shifting paradigms and management options. Ecosphere.

Nguyen, H. T., Hutyra, L. R., Hardiman, B., & Raciti, S. M. (2016). Characterizing forest structure variations across an intact tropical peat dome using field samplings and airborne LiDAR. ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 26(2), 587-601. doi:10.1890/15-0017

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