A vibrant research and teaching program in forest entomology has been a long hallmark of the U, from Sam Graham (1921), Leslie Orr (1927), and Alex Hodson (1931) to Herb Kulman (1966), Steve Seybold (1998), and Peter Rush (2002).
Our research group (est. 2010) studies the ecology of forest insects, linking patterns across space and through time to individual- and community-level processes. We work across plant-insect and predator-prey interactions, landscape ecology, population dynamics, chemical ecology, and biometry, the application of statistical tools to novel ecological questions therein. Linking pattern and process across scales touches on a number of topics in resource management, such as insect outbreaks and disturbances, dispersal, sampling, changing climate, invasion biology, and biological control.
Our research program is based on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, where I hold a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship in the Department of Entomology.
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About the lab • Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask • History » | 18 Mar 11
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Education and Background
|2014-Present||Associate Professor, Entomology, Univ. of Minnesota|
|2010-Present||Adjunct Faculty, University of Northern British Columbia|
|2011-2013||McKnight Land-Grant Professor, Entomology, Univ. of Minnesota|
|2006-2010||Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service|
|Adjunct Assistant Professor, U Northern British Columbia|
|2004-2005||Visiting Fellow, Canadian Forest Service (Dr. Allan Carroll)|
|Research Associate, Entomology, UW-Madison (Dr. Kenneth Raffa)|
|1999-2003||PhD, Entomology, UW-Madison (Dr. Kenneth Raffa)|
|MS, Biometry/Statistics, UW-Madison (Dr. Murray Clayton)|
|1997-1999||MS, Entomology, University of Wisconsin (Dr. Kenneth Raffa)|