Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Harold is a transdisciplinary scholar who investigates environmental issues by interrogating relationships among humans and nature.  Using a transdisciplinary approach that draws on methods from ecology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and economics, he studies how to marshal today’s salient human–nature relationships to enable more sustainable trajectories.

As a Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, Harold is investigating how cities can simultaneously support bird diversity and bolster outdoor recreation and belonging, particularly for traditionally excluded people. He holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia and an AB from Harvard. He brings his joy for birding, painting, Bayesian inference, and outdoor adventure into his research as much as possible, though he has yet to figure out a way of incorporating his enthusiasm for sourdough baking.


Gund Postdoctoral Fellow Harold Eyster

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Relationships among humans and nature, human action theories, urban ecology, metacommunity ecology, birds, relational values


  • PhD, Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, University of British Columbia
  • AB, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard