Associate Professor of Forest Management
204 Thomas Poe Cooper Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0073
(859) 257-5666

Courses Taught

  • FOR 425 Forest Management
  • FOR 357 Inventory and Measurements II
  • FOR 770 Optimization Techniques in Natural Resources Management


Ph.D. Forestry (Forest Operations Planning) 2010, University of Montana

M.S. Forestry (Forest Transportation Planning) 2006, University of Montana

B.S. Forest Engineering (Harvesting and Management) 2003, Universidad de Talca, Chile

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in developing decision support systems (DSS) to improve the economic efficiency of forest management practices, including both market and non-market values, while ensuring environmental sustainability and operational feasibility.

I am particularly interested in combining modern optimization and modeling techniques with advanced geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology to address a number of important problems facing forest managers.

Typically, these problems arise from trying to achieve multiple goals that involve tradeoffs and from the increasing complexity of economic, social, and ecological systems that influence management decisions.

Specific research topics:

  • Forest operations planning (road, harvesting, transportation)
  • Forest management
  • LiDAR technology and precision forestry
  • GIS applications in forestry
  • Mathematical programming
  • Combinatorial optimization and metaheuristics
  • Algorithm design and analysis


Photo of Marco Contreras