Dr. Brian J. Joyce

Professor of Natural Science

Brian J. Joyce
Dr. Brian Joyce earned his B.S. in Forest Science, his M.S. in Forest Resources, and his Ph.D. in Ecology from Penn State University. He also spent five years at Penn State as a research assistant and worked in the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry as a forester. After working as an instructor of forestry at Penn State for a year and a half, Dr. Joyce came to Montreat College in 1996 to teach environmental science.

Dr. Joyce believes that educators “make the material applicable to students’ lives. Students will not only understand it, but retain it.” Because Montreat provides smaller class sizes, Dr. Joyce enjoys the opportunity it gives him to get to know his students. Outside of the classroom, he likes to hike, hunt, and fly fish. He also enjoys seeing the world through the lens of a camera. His interests lie in plant and water relations, ecophysiology, plant hydraulic architecture, forest ecology, and forest growth modeling.


Joyce, Brian and Kim C. Steiner. “Survival and Growth of a Quercus Rubra Regneration Cohort during Five Years Following Masting.” In  Proceedings  of  the  Ninth  Central  Hardwood  Conference. Eds. J. W. Stringer and D. L. Lofts. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky,  1999, 255-257. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report No. 28, 1999.

Joyce, Brian, Kim C. Steiner, and J. M. Skelly. “Water Use in Forest Canopy Black Cherry Trees and Its Relationship to Leaf Gas Exchange and Environment.”  In Proceedings 1995 Meeting of the Northern Global Change Program; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-214. Eds. John Hom, Richard Birdsey, and Kelly O’Brian. Radnor, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 41.

Joyce, Brian, T. S. Fredericksen, K.C. Steiner, J.M. Skelly, T.E. Kolb, K.E. Kouterick, and J.A. Ferdin. “Diel and Seasonal Patterns of Leaf Gas Exchange and Xylem Water Potentials of Different-sized Prunus serotina Ehrh. Trees.”  Forest Science (1996): 359-365.

Joyce, Brian, et al. “Ozone Uptake Rates of Different-sized Black Cherry Trees in High- and low-light Environments.” In Proceedings for IUFRO 16th Int’l Mtg. for Specialists in Air Pollution Effects on Forest Ecosystems, 1996, 319-323.

Joyce, Brian, et al. 1995. “Light Environment Alters Ozone Uptake Per Net Photosynthetic Rate in Black Cherry Trees.” Tree Physiology 16 (1996): 485-490.

Joyce, Brian and Kim C. Steiner. “Systematic Variation in Xylem Hydraulic Capacity Within the Crown of White Ash (Fraxinus americana Marsh.).”  Tree Physiology 15:10 (1995): 649-656.

Joyce, Brian, et al. “Physiology, Morphology, and Ozone Uptake of Black Cherry Seedlings, Saplings, and Canopy Trees.” Environmental Pollution 89 (1995): 273-283.

Joyce, Brian et al. “Levels of Variation in Foliar Ozone Injury Among Black Cherry Trees. Phytopathology 84 (1994): 543.

Joyce, Brian, et al. “Response of Different Aged Black Cherry Trees to Ambient Ozone Exposures.” Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 75.2 (1994): 71.