Laurence comes to the Umatilla National Forest from the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland where he’s managed the Land and Watershed Management Program for the past 10 years. Since joining the Forest Service, Laurence has worked with both Region 6 and Region 10 on problems related to management and monitoring. He served on the governing board of the Joint Fire Science Program for seven years and was acting Director of Resource Planning and Monitoring for Region 6 earlier this year.
Prior to working for the Forest Service he was a plant pathologist at Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research and a faculty member at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for more than two decades. In that position, he led a group studying how forests and forest trees respond to environmental stresses, such as drought, climate change, disease, and pollution. That work led him to an appointment with the US EPA research laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon, where he extended his studies to western forest ecosystems.
Laurence received a B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State and graduate degrees in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota.
He and his wife Nancy Flynn, a writer in Portland, OR, have three grown children. Laurence’s hobbies include photography, hiking, traveling, and cooking.