Dr. Kathleen Kavanagh



Professor and Department Head


Forest Ecology


Ph.D. 1993, Forest Science, Oregon State University
M.S. 1987, Forest Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
B.S. 1977, Forest Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.






305 Horticulture and Forest Science Building
MS 2138
College Station, Texas 77843-2138

Dr. Kathleen Kavanagh began her role as professor and Department Head of the Ecosystem Science and Management Department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in 2014.  

 In her new role, Dr Kavanagh is providing leadership and administration for a multidisciplinary department that contains undergraduate programs in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Ecological Restoration, Spatial Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources. The Ecosystem Science and Management Department is widely recognized for the quality, size and diversity of research in rangeland, forests and wetlands throughout Texas and beyond. 

 Dr. Kavanagh earned her B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from the State University of New York College of Ecosystem Science and Forestry in 1977 and 1987 respectively. She received her doctorate in Forest Science from Oregon State University in 1995. 

 Dr. Kavanagh comes to Texas A&M from the university of Idaho where she worked for 14 years as a faculty member. Dr. Kavanaghs’ scholarship includes developing a research program (over $7 million in funded grants and contracts from NSF, USDA and others) that contributes to our fundamental understanding of how forest ecosystems function and the assimilation of this knowledge into the better understanding of natural resource management.  The primary means for assimilation of research results are refereed publications, incorporation into course material, and numerous workshops. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Kavanagh was responsible for a senior capstone course Forest Dynamics and Management and a junior-level course, Forest Ecosystem Processes. At the graduate level she taught Forest Ecosystem Analysis and Forest Ecology/Tree Physiology Journal Review. In addition to formal coursework she also frequently participated in and designed short courses for natural resource professionals. To date, she has taught over 30 short courses with a focus on forest health issues, fire effects and forest regeneration.



Contact Us

  • Main office: HFSB 305, 2138 TAMU, (979) 845-5033
  • Undergraduate academic advisor office: KLCT 122D, hjanke@tamu.edu
  • Graduate academic advisor office: HFSB 302A, mrydeen@tamu.edu
  • Information technology office: WFES 308, Mailing address

Department Resources

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