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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

My specialization is in the taxonomy of fleshy fungi.  My master's thesis was an investigation into the fleshy fungi (primarily the Ascomycota and the Basidiomycota) of the rain forest surrounding Mount Rainier National Park. 

At UFV, my primary emphasis is to excite students about biology in general and mycology specifically.  Teaching at UFV is a great place to teach as UFV has a strong commitment to hands on lab programs. 

I have had several third and fourth year students do semester or full year research projects from the distribution of fleshy fungi to the effects of composting on packaging of food stuffs.  I continue to teach at various levels, including first year lab and lecture, and third year mycology. 

I have also been involved in helping to develop, run, and lead several field schools during the summer semester (Tofino, BC, Arizona, and Okanagan).  I am currently working on the taxonomy of conifers and developing a conifer arboretum at my organic blueberry farm in Surrey. 

As an aside, I helped to develop the Centre for Sustainability at UFV.  I formed the Advisory Committee that includes members of the faculty, staff, and students to help guide policies at UFV.  We now have a successful recycling and composting program at UFV campuses. We have developed several campaigns to modify behaviour in achieving sustainability.  In addition, the CFS promotes guest speakers and films on various sustainability issues.  I have received several green awards as a result of my work. 


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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