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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Patricia K. Lebow

Patricia K. Lebow

Mathematical Statistician
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9331
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Current Research

The primary goal of research efforts are to enhance FPL research by 1) at the planning stages of studies by defining and translating study objectives into research hypotheses and describing research approaches from a statistical point of view; 2) by formulating and conducting needed statistical research to resolve complexities and to address consequences of assumptions; 3) by addressing and/or modifying experimental plans as research progresses; and 4) by reporting research results in an understandable and technically correct way to help with the dissemination of research and technology transfer.Current collaborative research involves statistical modeling to increase the understanding of wood degradation and decomposition rates when wood is exposed in complex environments. Other efforts include software development to better characterize the supply of forest-based biomass and its potential contribution to production of bioenergy and biofuels.

Research Interests

  • Statistical consultation/collaboration in various areas of wood utilization research, statistical/mathematical modeling, design of experiments, exploratory data analysis


  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Statistics 1992
  • Oregon State University, M.S. Operations Research 1988
  • California State University, Chico, B.S. Computer Science (systems), Mathematics (statistics) 1986

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Research Highlights


Cellulose Nanocrystals Chemically Entrap Biocide in Wood

Can cellulose nanomaterials play a role in the development of novel preservatives to protect wood products from biodeterioration?


Effective utilization of naturally durable wood biomass offers an overlooked source of potential wood protectants

Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisc., are evaluating extractives as potential next-generation wood pre ...


Improving Accelerated Testing of Durable Wood Products

Durable wood products such as posts, poles and timbers are expected to resist decay and termite attack for several decades. Testing the durabili ...


Method for Estimating Wood Preservative Leaching

Pressure-treated wood is used widely for construction projects in sensitive environments. This USDA Forest Service research project developed a ...


Role of leaf litter in above ground wood decay

FPL researchers in Wood Durability and Protection investigate the contributions of leaf litter accumulation to the decay of wood in above ground ...


Last updated on : 01/12/2022