Laura Kenefic

Picture of Laura KeneficResearch Forester and Principal Silviculturist                                   
U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Faculty Associate
225 Nutting Hall Orono, ME 04469-5793
207.581.2794; fax 207.581.2875

  • Ph.D. University of Maine, Orono (2000)
  • M.S. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse (1995)
  • B.A. State University of New York, Binghamton (1992)

I grew up in upstate New York and have a long acquaintance with the many and sometimes conflicting demands we place on our forests.  As a consequence, I have dedicated my career to understanding forest ecology and translating that knowledge into sustainable forest management. My research addresses ecology and management of mixed-species forests, especially northern conifers and northern hardwoods, with a focus on uneven-aged silviculture and other forms of partial cutting.

I began my career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1994 and have been associated with the University of Maine faculty since 2000.  I work for the Northern Research Station and am a Team Leader in the Northern Forest Science and Applications research work unit (RWU-NRS-07).