John M. Kabrick, PhD

Assistant Cooperative Professor

Research Forester, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

Contact Information



  • Ph.D. 1995, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • Silviculture, Forest Ecology, Forest Soils

Research Summary

  • Kabrick’s research interests include investigating the ecological processes governing the regeneration and development of oak-dominated forests and woodlands and using this information 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; responses of upland forest systems to even-age, uneven-age, and no- harvest management; and natural and artificial regeneration of bottomland forests.

Selected Publications

  • Hanberry, B.B., Jones-Ferrand, D.T., and J.M. Kabrick. 2015.
    Historical open forest ecosystems in the Missouri Ozarks: Reconstruction and restoration. Ecological Restoration 32:407-416.
  • Kabrick, J.M., Villwock, J.L., Dey, D.C., Keyser, T.L., and D.R. Larsen. 2014.
    Modeling and mapping oak advance reproduction density using soil and site variables.  Forest Science.
  • Vickers, L.A., D.R. Larsen, B.O. Knapp, J.M. Kabrick, and D.C. Dey. 2014.
    The Impact of Overstory Density on Sapling Height Growth in the Missouri Ozarks – Implications for Interspecific Differentiation during Canopy Recruitment. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 44(11): 1320-1330.
  • Knapp, B.O., Olson, M.G., Larsen, D.R., Kabrick, J.M., and R.G. Jensen. 2014.
    Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project: A Long-Term, Landscape-Scale, Collaborative Forest Management Research Project. Journal of Forestry 12:513-524.
  • Indorante, S.J., Kabrick, J.M., Lee, B.D., and J.M. Maatta. 2014.
    Quantifying soil profile change caused by land use in central Missouri loess hillslopes. Soil Science Society of America Journal
  • Hanberry, B.B., J.M. Kabrick, and H.S. He. 2014.
    Densification and state transition across the Missouri Ozarks landscape. Ecosystems. 17:66-81.
  • Hanberry, B.B., Kabrick, J.M., and H.S. He. 2014.
    Changing tree composition by life history strategy in a grassland-forest landscape. Ecosphere. 5(3): article 34.
  • Kabrick, J.M., J.P. Dwyer, S.R. Shifley, and B. O’Neil. 2013.
    Components and nutrient concentrations of small-diameter woody biomass for energy. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 30:137-142.
  • Kinkead, C.O., J.M. Kabrick, M.C. Stambaugh, and K.W. Grabner. 2013.
    Changes to Oak woodland stand structure and ground flora composition caused by thinning and burning. Pp 373-383. In: Gottschalk, K.W., J.R. Brooks, and S.T. Gruschecky et al., eds., Proceedings of the 18th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2012, March 26-28, Morgantown, WV. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-117.
  • Steel, K.L., J.M. Kabrick, R.G. Jensen, and D.C. Dey. 2013.
    Restoring riparian forests in the Missouri Ozarks. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 30:109-117.
  • Wilson, M.A., S.J. Indorante, B.D. Lee, L. Follmer, D.R. Williams, B.C. Fitch, W.M. McCauley, J.D. Bathgate, and J.M. Kabrick. 2013.
    Soil Geochemistry of Loess Landscapes, Shawnee Hills, Southern Illinois, USA. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 77:1269-1283.