OCCRI Researchers

Title: Research Ecologist
Name: Rebecca Kennedy
Institution: USDA Forest Service
Department: PNW Research Station

Research Theme: Landscape dynamics and conservation policy in dry forests, potential effects of climate change to wildlife and carbon sequestration, old-growth forest conservation, effects of climate change and management on forest vegetation and fire dynamics.

Research Fields:

Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Forestry and Forest Management
Impacts Ecosystems and Populations
Modeling Ecosystems
Physical Ecology

Professional Activities:

US Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, member, and website coordinator

Ecological Society of America, member

Society for Conservation Biology, member

Association for Fire Ecology, member

Regional Coordinator for Central Cascades Climate Change Case Study Assessment, one of three regional assessments under the USFS Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, and Rocky Mountain research station West-wide Climate Change Initiative

Selected Publications:

Kennedy, Rebecca S.H., Thomas A. Spies and Matthew J. Gregory. In Press. Relationships of dead wood patterns with biophysical characteristics and ownership according to scale in Coastal Oregon, USA. Landscape Ecology.

Wimberly, M.C. and Rebecca S.H. Kennedy. In Press. Spatially Explicit Modeling of Mixed-Severity Fire Regimes and Landscape Dynamics in the Interior Pacific Northwest. Forest Ecology and Management.

Kennedy, R.S.H. and Spies T.A. 2007. An assessment of dead wood patterns and their relationships with biophysical characteristics in coastal Oregon (USA). Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37: 940-956.

Spies Thomas A., McComb Brenda C., Kennedy Rebecca S.H. McGrath Michael, Olsen Keith A. and Pabst Robert J. 2007. Potential effects of forest policies on terrestrial biodiversity in a multi-ownership province. Ecological Applications 17: 48-65.

Kennedy, Rebecca S.H. and Thomas A. Spies. 2005. Dynamics of hardwood patches in a conifer matrix: 54 years of change in a forested landscape in Coastal Oregon, USA. Biological Conservation 122: 363-374.