Tom McKenna

Tom McKenna
  • Assistant Research Professor

Contact Info

35 Takeru Higuchi Hall, West Campus


Tom's widely varied experience in biology includes work in native ecosystem restoration for the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaii; as a black bear technician for Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Three Rivers, California; and in prairie restoration and reconstruction for Applied Ecological Services, Baldwin City, Kansas. Tom works in collaboration with the Land Institute conducting research on the perennial grain Kernza® through the Perennial Agriculture Project.


B.S. in Biology, University of Kansas, 2002
Ph.D. in Biology, University of North Dakota, 2016


Research interests:

  • Diversity-productivity relationship in grassland systems
  • Agroecology
  • Plant-soil interaction