Maureen C. Kennedy


Ph.D University of Washington, Seattle

Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management. March 2008

Multi-objective Optimization for Ecological Model Assessment and Theory Development

E. David Ford (chair), Tom Hinckley, Mark Kot, Charles Laird

M.S. University of Washington, Seattle

Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management. August 2002

A geometric simulation model of foliage regeneration in Abies grandis and Pseudotsuga menziesii.

E. David Ford, committee chair

B.S. University of San Francisco

Biology. May 1999.

Summa Cum Laude.



Kennedy MC, Ford ED. (in press). Using multi-criteria analysis of simulation models to understand complex biological systems. BioScience.

Ford ED, Kennedy MC. (2011). Assessment of uncertainty in functional-structural plant models. Annals of Botany. doi:10.1093/aob/mcr110

Johnson MC, Kennedy MC, Peterson DL. (2011). Simulating fuel treatment effects in dry forests of the western United States: testing the principles of a fire-safe forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 41: 1018-1030. doi:10.1139/X11-032

Kennedy MC, McKenzie D. (2010). Using a stochastic model and cross-scale analysis to evaluate controls on historical low-severity fire regimes. Landscape Ecology. 25:1561-1573

McKenzie D, Kennedy MC. (2010) Scaling laws and complexity in fire regimes. Chapter 2 in McKenzie D, Miller C, Falk DA eds. The Landscape Ecology of Fire. Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Springer. In press

Kennedy MC. (2010). Functional-structural models optimize the placement of foliage units for multiple whole-canopy functions. Ecological Research. 25(4):723-732

Kennedy MC, Ford ED, Hinckley TM. (2010) Defining how aging Pseudotsuga and Abies compensate for multiple stresses through multi-criteria assessment of a functional-structural model. Tree Physiology. 30(1):3-22.

Kennedy MC, Ford ED. (2009). Two-criteria model assessment shows that foliage maintenance in old-growth Pseudotsuga menziesii requires both delayed and sequential reiteration. Trees Structure and Function. 23(6):1173-1187

Kennedy MC, Ford ED, Singleton P, Finney M, Agee JK. (2008) Informed multi-objective decision-making in environmental management using Pareto optimality. Journal of Applied Ecology. 45(1):181.


Lehmkuhl J, Kennedy M, Ford ED, Singleton PH, Gaines WL, Lind RL. (2007). Seeing the forest for the fuel: Integrating ecological values and fuels management. Forest Ecology and Management. 246: 73-80.


Ishii HT, Ford ED, Kennedy MC. (2007). Physiological and ecological implications of adaptive reiteration as a mechanism for crown maintenance and longevity. Tree Physiology. 27:455462.


Kennedy MC, Ford ED, Ishii H. (2004). Model analysis of the importance of reiteration for branch longevity in Pseudotsuga menziesii compared with Abies grandis. Canadian Journal of Botany. 82: 892-909.


Professional Experience

Research Scientist. University of Washington 2008-current

Course Instructor. University of Washington 2002-2005

Teaching Assistant. University of Washington 2002-2004, 2007

Research Assistant. University of Washington 2000-2008

Undergraduate Research Assistant. University of San Francisco 1998-1999

Teaching Assistant. University of San Francisco 1998-1999



Outstanding Research Assistant. University of Washington College of Forest Resources Recognition Event. 2006.

NCAA Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year National Nominee. 1998-1999

Charles Harney Award. University of San Francisco. Awarded to the graduating athlete with the highest GPA. 1998-1999.

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Recipient. University of San Francisco. 1998