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Dr. John M. Kabrick

John Kabrick

Research Forester
202 ABNR Bldg., University of Missouri-Columbia
United States

Phone: 573-875-5341 x229
Fax: 573-875-0038
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Current Research

I am investigating processes governing the regeneration and development of oak-dominated forests and woodlands and I am using the findings to develop practical, scientific, and ecologically based silvicultural prescriptions. Of particular interest are the interactions between the physical environment (e.g., geological parent material, landform position/aspect, soils, and hydrology) and forest vegetation dynamics; the relationship between site factors and oak decline and mortality; restoration of shortleaf pine and oak mixes; cumulative effects of even-age, uneven-age, and no-harvest management; and the natural and artificial regeneration of bottomland forests.

Research Interests

I am interested in developing and evaluating silvicultural systems for sustaining native flora and fauna communities in balance with traditional forest commodities. This includes quantifying the roles of disturbances (harvests and fire) and environmental conditions for creating and maintaining various forest and woodland structures over space and time. I also have an interest in developing models for examining the long-term consequences of silvicultural systems on the soil's ability to supply nutrients and water.

Why This Research is Important

Forest management is becoming more challenging because of the combination of changing societal expectations and evolving ecological perspectives. Consequently, public forest land management agencies are increasingly setting more complex objectives emphasizing more wholistic, system-level forest management including restoring and sustaining native forest and woodland communities. Moreover, private forest land owners are shifting their priorities to emphasize non-commodity forest values such as wildlife habitat. These changing expectations and evolving perspectives require developing and evaluating new management methods based upon basic silvicultural and ecological principles.


  • University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. Soil Science 1995
  • Purdue University, M.S. Soil Science 1991
  • University of Missouri, B.S.F. Forestry 1988

Professional Organizations

  • Missouri Society Of American Foresters, Chair-Elect (2018 - 2019)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Missouri Society Of American Foresters (2003 - 2013)

Awards & Recognition

  • The Karkhagne Award, 2018
    For outstanding service to the profession of Forestry and to the Missouri Society of American Foresters
  • National Silviculture Award, 2017
    For excellence in silviculture research

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Research Highlights


Forest Management Guidelines Help Improve and Sustain Missouri's Forest Resources

Missouri landowners and resource managers need state-of-the-art, science-based knowledge of forest management planning, silviculture, and best m ...


Hardwood-Softwood Mixtures for Future Forests in Eastern North America: Assessing Suitability to Projected Climate Change

Despite growing interest in management strategies for climate change adaptation, there are few methods for assessing the ability of stands to en ...


“Smart Forests” Digital Environmental Sensors and Telecommunications Take Research to New Levels

Scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century will be powered by tools that help researchers collect and manipulate massive datasets, visualize t ...


Last updated on : 11/09/2020