Kea Woodruff

Kea Woodruff

Kea Woodruff

Plant Growth Facilities Manager

1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
Phone: 617.384.5313
Fax: 617.384.6596


MS Forest Resources, University of Idaho
BA Geography, Western Washington University

Research Interests

My experience in nursery and greenhouse management has fueled my interest in how plants grow. I started my career in forest nursery seedling production, learning to modify the growing environment to achieve a range of seedling outplanting objectives. With an emphasis on native plant regeneration, my work involved improving the production efficiency of high-volume reforestation species as well as developing successful propagation methods for species considered rare or difficult to grow.

My role in managing the growth facilities is to assure that researchers have access to the highest quality plant material for study and teaching. Optimizing plant performance is my constant challenge and goal. I am particularly interested in restoration ecology and look for methods to enhance propagation protocols in order to improve restoration outcomes. The science produced in controlled environments informs planting efforts in the field, with enormous potential to conserve, preserve, and restore the amazing diversity of plant life.


  • Woodruff, K.J., D.J. Regan, and A.S. Davis. 2014. Propagation protocol for pinyon pine (Pinus edulis Engelm.). Native Plants Journal 15(3): 205-208.
  • Harper, R.A., G. Hernandez, J. Arseneault, K.J. Woodruff, S. Enebak, R.P. Overton, and D.L. Haase. 2014. Forest nursery seedling production in the United States—Fiscal year 2013. Tree Planters’ Notes 57(2): 62-66.
  • Woodruff, K.J., D.J. Regan, and A.S. Davis. 2012. Propagation protocol for bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum Nutt.). Native Plants Journal 13(3): 191-194.
  • Regan, D.J., K.J. Woodruff, and A.S. Davis. 2012. Propagation protocol for mountain huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum). Native Plants Journal 13(1):14-18.