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Zachary Hackworth

Zachary Hackworth

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Zachary Hackworth

Research Forester

215 Thomas Poe Cooper Building 730 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40546-0073

Last Revised: May 31st, 2024

Professional Biography


  • Support multidisciplinary department research via geospatial and statistical data analysis and composition of research manuscripts, technical reports, and grant proposals. 
  • Provide research-based undergraduate instruction.

Selected Publications

Snyder, B., C. Barton, M. Lacki, S. Price, and Z. Hackworth. 2024. Bat activity on high elevation reforested coal mines in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. Ecological Restoration 42(2):108-122.

Hackworth, Z.J., J.M. Lhotka, T.O. Ochuodho, and W.R. Thomas. 2024. Informing Producers in a Nontraditional Maple Syrup Region: Red Maple and Sugar Maple Production Parameters in Kentucky. Forest Science 70:165-178.

Sena, K.L, Z.J. Hackworth, J. Maugans, and J.M. Lhotka. 2023. Twenty years of urban reforestation: Overstory development structures understory plant communities. Sustainability 15(3):1985.

Hackworth, Z.J., J.M. Felch, S.M. Murphy, and J.J. Cox. 2022. Detectability of Common Ravens (Corvus corax) in Central Appalachian Cliff Habitat, USA. Ecosphere 13:e4148.

Patterson, C.P., Z.J. Hackworth, J.M. Lhotka, and J.W. Stringer. 2022. Initial light and regeneration patterns following expanding-gap irregular shelterwood in Quercus-dominated stands of the Northern Cumberland Plateau, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 505:119871.

Sena, K., Z.J. Hackworth, and J.M. Lhotka. 2021. Forest Development over a Twenty-Year Chronosequence of Reforested Urban Sites. Forests 12(5):614.

Dement, W.T., Z.J. Hackworth, J.M. Lhotka, and C.D. Barton. 2020. Plantation Development and Colonization of Woody Species in Response to Post-Mining Spoil Preparation Methods. New Forests 51(6):965–984.

Hackworth, Z.J., J.M. Lhotka, and J.W. Stringer. 2020. Midstory Removal Facilitates Growth but Reduces Competitiveness of Oak Reproduction Prior to and After Shelterwood Establishment Cutting. Forest Science 66(3):371–381.

Hackworth, Z.J., J.J. Cox, J.M. Felch†, and M.D. Weegman. 2019. A Growing Conspiracy: Recolonization of Common Ravens (Corvus corax) in Central and Southern Appalachia, USA. Southeastern Naturalist 18(2):281–296.

Hackworth, Z.J., J.M. Lhotka, J.J. Cox, C.D. Barton, and M.T. Springer. 2018. First-Year Vitality of Reforestation Plantings in Response to Herbivore Exclusion on Reclaimed Appalachian Surface-Mined Land. Forests 9(4):222.


M.S., Forest and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Kentucky, 2018
Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics , University of Kentucky, 2018
Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics, University of Kentucky, 2023
B.S., Forestry (Minor: Biological Sciences), University of Kentucky, 2016

Course Instruction

FOR 200: Basics of Geospatial Technology (3)
Course Description: A basic introduction to the various types of maps and their uses, field navigation skills, and map making. The course is heavily field and laboratory based, with an emphasis on hands-on learning and practice. Both traditional technologies, such as compasses, U.S. Geological Survey maps, and aerial photographs as well as newer technologies, such as global positioning systems and geographic information system databases will be employed in carrying out course exercises.

Term(s) Taught: Fall
FOR 219: Dendrology (4)
Course Description: A study of the basic concepts of botany related to woody species and their use, along with basic soil and site characteristics in the identification of trees and forest vegetation. Labs may be conducted in an outdoor forest setting often in steep terrain and inclement weather.

Term(s) Taught: Fall
FOR 221: Winter Dendrology (1)
Course Description: Identification of 100 species of trees, shrubs, and lianas based upon bark, form, twig, and bud characteristics. Laboratory, four hours per week for one-half semester. Class will be conducted in an outdoor forest setting often in steep terrain and inclement weather.

Term(s) Taught: Fall
FOR 260: Forest Products and Wood Science (4)
Course Description: An examination of basic material properties of wood, methods by which it is used, and issues and economic conditions in which domestic and global wood markets operate. Concepts covered include species identification, chemical and mechanical properties and their effect on utilization, utilization technologies and their linkage to silvicultural practices, and affiliated issues such as recycling, product certification, environmental concerns, and alternative products.

Term(s) Taught: Spring

Contact Information

Thomas Poe Cooper Building 730 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40546-0073