Ph.D. Student
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Doctor of Philosophy, Forest Science, University of Kentucky (In Progress) August 2014 to present.

  • Dissertation: Tracking a tree-killer: Modeling Phytophthora cinnamomi distribution in eastern Kentucky.
  • Advanced to Candidacy August 2016, GPA: 4.0/4.0

Master of Science, Forestry, University of Kentucky, August 2014

  • Thesis: Influence of Spoil Type on Afforestation Success and Hydrochemical Function on a Surface Coal Mine in Eastern Kentucky. (Adviser: Christopher Barton, Ph.D. )

Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Asbury University, May 2012

  • GPA: 3.88/4.0, Magna cum laude, Outstanding Science and Math Student

Selected Professional Experience

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant—University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry, Fall 2012– Present, Supervisors: Chris Barton, Mary Arthur.

  • FOR 356 field course; visited stream restoration sites in Daniel Boone National Forest, participated in a surface mine reforestation project, and instructed in field methods for forest hydrology and watershed management (April 2017).
  • Assisted Environmental Science capstone class from University of North Carolina to conduct a week-long research project at UK’s Robinson Forest (March 2017).
  • NRE 471: Senior Problems in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, Spring 2014.
  • FOR 460: Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management, Fall 2013.

Intern – US EPA, Wetlands Division, Fall 2015 to present, Supervisors: Brian Topping, Joseph Morgan, Palmer Hough.

Fellow, National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and the Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI), Summer 2014, Hosted by Australia Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Supervisors: Paul Bertsch, Simon Toze, Jatinder Sidhu.

Selected Awarded Grants and Fellowships ($58,516 total, $42,175 shown)

  1. Sena, Kenton. Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award, “Tracking a tree-killer: Modeling Phytophthora cinnamomi distribution in eastern Kentucky,” $8000, July 2017.
  2. Sena, Kenton. University of Kentucky Appalachian Center Eller and Billings Student Research Award, “Tracking a tree-killer: Modeling Phytophthora cinnamomi distribution in eastern Kentucky (Project continuation),” $1000, May 2017.
  3. Sena, Kenton. Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club Fellowship, $5000, April 2017.
  4. Barton, Christopher, Kenton Sena, and Michael French. University of Kentucky Office of Sustainability Challenge Grant, $18,175, “Establishing Native Forests on Surface Mines,” December 2015 – December 2016, Co-Investigator.
  5. Barton, Christopher, and Kenton Sena. 2015. Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) Fellowship, $5,000, “Towards Rapid Detection of Phytophthora spp. in Appalachian Streams,” July 2015 to July 2016, Co-Investigator.
  6. Sena, Kenton, and Christopher Barton.  NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) summer research fellowship, $5,000,Summer 2014, Principal Investigator.

Publications: Refereed

  1. Drayer, Andrea, Kenton Sena, Christopher Barton, and Danielle Andrews. 2017. “Long-term stream restoration monitoring: floodplain connectivity, water quality, soil development, and riparian tree planting outcomes.” Ecological Restoration, In press.
  2. Sena, Kenton, Ben Brammell, and S. Ray Smith. 2016. “Converting abandoned hayfield to switchgrass increases small mammal relative abundance.” Journal of Kentucky Academy of Science 77:1-8.
  3. Barton, Christopher, Jarrod Miller, Kenton Sena, Patrick Angel, and Michael French. 2015. “Evaluating the Use of Tree Shelters for Direct Seeding of Castanea on a Surface Mine in Appalachia.” Forests 6:3514-3527. (5-Year Impact Factor: 1.738)
  4. Sena, Kenton, Christopher D. Barton, Sarah Hall, Patrick Angel, Carmen Agouridis, and Richard Warner. 2015. Influence of Spoil Type on Afforestation Success and Natural Vegetative Recolonization on a Surface Coal Mine in Eastern Kentucky. Restoration Ecology 23:131-138. (Impact Factor:1.838)
  5. Sena, Kenton, Hannah Angel, and Chris Barton. 2014. Tree shelters and weed mats influence growth and survival of American chestnut seedlings planted into legacy minelands in eastern Kentucky. Journal of American Society of Mining and Reclamation 3:41-63.
  6. Sena, Kenton, Christopher D. Barton, Patrick Angel, Carmen Agouridis, Richard Warner. 2014. Influence of spoil type on chemistry and hydrology of interflow on a surface coal mine in eastern Kentucky. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 225:1-14. (2014 Impact Factor: 1.554)

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