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Eini Lowell

Eini C. Lowell

Research Forest Products Technologist
620 SW Main, Suite 400
United States

Phone: 503-808-2072
Fax: 503-808-2033
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Current Research

My work at the PNW Research Station includes studies on deterioration and uses of dead and dying trees, use of hardwoods, and opportunities tailored to community needs for using small-diameter trees and other woody biomass. I am currently involved in identifying ways to use by-products of forest restoration and fuels reduction treatments to benefit communities and to aid reducing the cost of these management activities. This includes research on value-added product opportunities including extraction of chemicals and production of renewable fuels from wood.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • effects of forest management on wood quality and forest products
  • rural community resiliency as it relates to forest products, economic development, and forest health
  • impacts of natural disturbances on the forest resource

Past Research

Prior to joining the PNW Station, my research included biomass assessments for wood energy plants in New England and wood quality of Douglas-fir as affected by silvicultural activities.

Why This Research is Important

This research contributes to planning and decision-making processes through delivery of science-based tools to partners, collaboratives, stakeholders, and agency personnel. Results provide guidance for land management practices and aid planning efforts on our National Forests. It informs the discussion on sustainability of wood from our forests and how communities can use research for appropriately-scaled economic development opportunities through utilization of byproducts of forest management activities (e.g., fire-risk reduction, restoration).


  • Oregon State University , M.S. Forest Products Forest Products/Wood Anatomy/Forest Management 1982
  • University of Maine, B.S. Forestry Forestry/Wood Science and Technology 1979

Professional Experience

  • Research Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
    1990 - Current
  • Research Assistant, Oregon State University
    1987 - 1989
  • Planning and Research Associate, Maine Department of Conservation
    1985 - 1986
    Marketing and Assessment Program

Professional Organizations

  • IUFRO Working Party S5.01-04, Member (1999 - Current)
    Attend meetings, present papers and posters
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Member (1987 - Current)
    Attend annual meetings, present papers and posters
  • Forest Products Society (FPS), Member (1980 - Current)
    Session chair and moderator at numerous International Conventions
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Board Of Directors (2015 - 2017)

Awards & Recognition

  • Forest Products Society Fred W. Gottschalk award , 2016
    This prestigious award, named for the first President of the Society, recognizes and honors exceptional service to the Forest Products Society by an individual member.
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology George G. Marra Award , 2015
    Awarded for excellence in research and writing

Featured Publications & Products


Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • Krahmer, R.L.; DeGroot, R.C.; Lowell, E.C. 1982. Detecting incipient brown rot with fluorescence microscopy. Wood Science. 15(2): 78–80.

  • Krahmer, R.L.; Lowell, E.C.; Dougal, E.F.; Wellons, J.D. 1992. Durability of southeast Asian hardwood plywood as shown by accelerated aging tests and 10 year outdoor exposure. Forest Products Journal. 42(4):40–44.

  • Lowell, E.C.; Krahmer, R.L. 1993. Effects of lean in red alder trees on wood shrinkage and density. Wood and Fiber Science 25(1): 2–7.

Research Highlights


Community Biomass Handbook Guides Businesses Seeking to Replace Fossil Fuels with Wood Energy

Available as an eBook, this biomass handbook containes a wood energy financial application that allows users to quickly assess whether wood ener ...


Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4

The Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing is a guide for creating sustainable business e ...


Community Biomass Handbook for Alaska Published

Volume 2 of the Community Biomass Handbook focuses on Alaska. It is designed to empower communities by helping them determ the best choices for ...


Finding Value in Young-Growth Koa Wood

A demonstration project informs the forest industry in Hawai'i of the quality and uses for young-growth Koa wood


Research Station Helps National Renewable Biofuels Project Engage Community and Industry Leaders

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is working to form regional alliances and find communities that might fit into a sustainable biofuels ...


Last updated on : 07/12/2019