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Brady S Hardiman

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology
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

(2018) Kohls Early Career Teaching Award. CoA.

(2017) Kohls Early Career Teaching Award. College of Agriculture.

(2013) ALOS PALSAR Award. Alaska Satellite Facility.

Selected Publications

LaRue, E. A., Hardiman, B., Elliott, J. M., & Fei, S. (2019). Structural diversity as a predictor of ecosystem function. Environmental Research Letters.

Hardiman, B. (2018). Quantifying forest and canopy structural complexity metrics from terrestrial  LiDAR data using the forestr R package. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi:

Hardiman, B. (2018). Forest structural complexity predicts canopy light absorption at the sub-continental scale. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences. doi:

Fotis, A. T., Morin, T. H., Fahey, R. T., Hardiman, B., Bohrer, G., & Curtis, P. S. (2018). Forest structure in space and time: Biotic and abiotic determinants of canopy complexity and their effects on net primary productivity. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 250-251, 181-191. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.12.251

Fahey, R. T., Alveshere, B. C., Burton, J. I., D'Amato, A. W., Dickinson, Y. L., Keeton, W. S., . . . Hardiman, B. (2018). Shifting conceptions of complexity in forest management and silviculture. Forest Ecology and Management, 421, 59-71. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.01.011

Hardiman, B., LaRue, E., Atkins, J., Fahey, R., Wagner, F., & Gough, C. (2018). Spatial Variation in Canopy Structure across Forest Landscapes. Forests, 9(8), 474. doi:10.3390/f9080474

Nave, L. E., Gough, C. M., Maurer, K. D., Bohrer, G., Hardiman, B., Le Moine, J., . . . Curtis, P. S. (2011). Disturbance and the resilience of coupled carbon and nitrogen cycling in a north temperate forest. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(G4). doi:10.1029/2011jg001758

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., Butnor, J., Bohrer, G., Detto, M., & Curtis, P. (2017). Coupling Fine-Scale Root and Canopy Structure Using Ground-Based Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing, 9(2), 182. doi:10.3390/rs9020182

Gough, C. M., Vogel, C. S., Hardiman, B., & Curtis, P. S. (2010). Wood net primary production resilience in an unmanaged forest transitioning from early to middle succession. Forest Ecology and Management, 260(1), 36-41. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2010.03.027

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