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Patrick Harrison

Patrick Harrison

Lab Instructor


Abbotsford campus, A317

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4348

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Be curious.  Do something for humankind.


Interpreter of science.


I grew up in Missoula, Montana (USA) and loved the outdoors.  I always knew I wanted to be a biologist.  I received my first degree in zoology and became a park ranger in 1970.  As a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park, I became fascinated by the variety of fungi that flourished in the park.  I returned to graduated school to study the ecology of fungi.  After graduate school, I taught at UBC for 17 years.  I joined UFV’s Biology Department in 2003.


BA: University of Montana, 1967, Zoology (Wildlife Conservation)

MA: University of Montana, 1976, Botany (Ecology of Fungi)


Biology Curriculum Committee

Chair, UFV Centre for Sustainability

President, Hike BC (The National Hiking Trail)

President, Hike Canada en Marche (The National Hiking Trail)

Director, Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC

Director, Save Our Parklands Association

Chair, Logging Ditch Improvement District

Member, Surrey Agricultural Food Security and Advisory Committee

Member, Metro Vancouver Agricultural Advisory Committee

Teaching Philosophy

To get students turned on to being curious.

Teaching Interests

General Biology, Ecology, Plant Anatomy and Physiology, Mycology, Taxonomy, Field Schools.

Research Interests

Mycological diversity, taxonomy, and ecology.


Elder College: UFV Centre for Sustainability

Centre for Sustainability greenSPEAK Seminar: The National Hiking Trail


Book: The Illustrated Flora of the University Endowment Lands, 1987.  3300 copies sold.

Month Column ‘Getting Started’ in Business Farmer Magazine, 1996 – 1997.



UM: Gebhardt Award (1974)

UBC: First ever environmental award (1994)

Surrey: Heritage Award (2000)

Fraser Basin Council: Sustainability Award (2008)

Surrey: Heritage Award (2010)

Village of Lions Bay: Named trail after me (2011)

UFV Dean of Science Award (2015)

FMCBC:  Outstanding Service Award (2015)

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