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  • As the dean and director, Ken leads UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH Professional Development & Training in their mission to address the diverse needs of New Hampshire in the areas of community and economic development, food and agriculture, youth and families, natural resources, and professional education. He was appointed interim dean of extension in July, 2014 and was hired into the permanent position in June, 2015. He comes from a long line of alumni with his Father, two sisters and daughter all receiving degrees from UNH. Ken received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of NH in 1993. He received a master of science in 1993 from the University of Rhode Island, and doctoral degree also from URI in 2005. La Valley’s research interest is in conservation engineering of fishing gear that improves selectivity while reducing bycatch of non-target species. His extension work was focused on technology transfer of sustainable fishing strategies as well as improving the capacity of local fishermen to direct market their harvest.
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Honors Zoology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. Fishing&Fisheries Sci.&Mgmt, University of Rhode Island
  • Ph.D. Environmental Science, University of Rhode Island
  • Full Name

  • Ken La Valley
  • Mailing Address

  • UNH Extension

    UNH Extension

    59 College Road, Taylor Hall

    Durham, NH  03824

    United States