Robert Harvey

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Advised by: Drs. Donald D. Davis and John A. Pecchia
Robert Harvey
401 Buckhout Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-4878
Fax: 814-863-7217


  1. B.S. Biology, Chemistry Minor
  2. York College of Pennsylvania



Research Interests

My research interests involve the fate of pathogens during the composting process, with a focus on Calonectria pseudonaviculata. This is the pathogen behind Boxwood Blight, a new and emerging disease of significance in the United States. Microsclerotia are produced during the disease cycle and serve as resting and survival structures for the organism. This research will be carried out using a new bio-reactor housed at the Mushroom Resource Center. Another research interest of mine is the Artillery Fungus, Sphaerobolus spp.. Artillery Fungi are best known for the damage they cause to house siding and car paint by way of their discharged spore packets, termed gleba. Currently we are investigating several possible methods of control in landscape mulch, as well as a new species.



Harvey, R., Davis, D., and Pecchia, J. (2013). "Does Composting Eradicate the Pathogen Responsible for Boxwood Blight? An Outline of Future Investigations." Acta.Hortic. 1085, 211-215. DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1085.36

Harvey, R., O'Neal, E., and Davis, D. (2014). Preliminary Investigation into a Newly Discovered Species of Artillery Fungus (Sphaerobolus sp.) American Society for Microbiology, Alleghany Branch Meeting. (Poster)

Harvey, R., and Smith, B. (2013). "Megasporogenesis and Megagametogenesis of Cardamine parviflora L. (Brassicaceae)." Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 87(3): 120 - 124.

Singleton, D., and Harvey, R. (2013). "Analysis of Microbial Community Differences between a Low Lying Area and an Upland Area." Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 87(2): 108. (Abstract and Poster, 3rd overall).

Smith, B., and Harvey, R. (2012). "A Study of the Megasporogenesis and Megagametogenesis of Cardamine parviflora L." Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 86(2): 138. (Abstract and Poster)