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.
Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of Rhode Island
M.S., Fishing&Fisheries Sci.&Mgmt, University of Rhode Island
B.S., Honors Zoology, University of New Hampshire
Feeney, R. G., La Valley, K. J., & Hall-Arber, M. (2010). Assessing Stakeholder Perspectives on the Impacts of a Decade of Collaborative Fisheries Research in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 2(1), 205-216. doi:10.1577/c09-038.1
LaValley, K. J., Jones, S., gomez-chiarri, M., Dealteris, J., & rice, M. (2009). BACTERIAL COMMUNITY PROFILING OF THE AMERICAN OYSTER (CRASSOSTREA VIRGINICA): COMPARISON OF CULTURE-DEPENDENT AND CULTURE-INDEPENDENT OUTCOMES. Journal of Shellfish Research, 28(4).
La Valley, K. J., DeAlteris, J., Rice, M., & Gomez-Chiarri, M. (2008). North AtlanticVibrio vulnificussurveillance from postharvest oysters at a US shellfish processing facility. Journal of Foodservice, 19(4), 234-237. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0159.2008.00104.x
LaValley, K. J., & He, P. (2008). Training in Reversal: A Fishing Gear Workshop by Fishermen for Non-Fishermen. Journal of Extension, 46(3).
DeAlteris, J. T., & La Valley, K. J. (1999). Physiological Response of Scup, Stenotomus chrysops, to a Simulated Trawl Capture and Escape Event. Marine Technology Society Journal, 33(2), 25-34. doi:10.4031/mtsj.33.2.5
Langan, R., Gress, D., Walker, I., Flanigan, P., Sheehy, J., Drake, J., & LaValley, K. (n.d.). Remote setting of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) on natural and artificial cultch.. Journal of Shellfish Restoration, 16(289).