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Dr. Rachel Arango, Entomologist


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  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An an entomologist, I work with all types of insects, but I am specifically focused on those in wood and wood products.

 


Dr. Chris Fettig, Research Entomologist


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  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a research entomologist in the USDA Forest Service, my job is to help define the roles and impacts of insects to forests and wildland ecosystems in order to maintain the health, diversity and productivity of these environments.  Entomologists, in general, typically work in one or more sub disciplines (e.g., agriculture, forestry, genetics, medicine, veterinary, etc.).

Dr. Andrew Graves, Forest Entomologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a forest entomologist, I provide expert help to federal land managers on forest health-related issues.  My goal is to protect and improve forest health and insect related issues.

Dr. Ryan Hanavan, Entomologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Idaho
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An entomologist studies insects.  I am interested in plant stress related to early insect attack.

Amy Hill, Forest Entomologist

Amy Hill, Forest Entomologist
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Amy Hill, Forest Entomologist

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  • M.S., West Virginia University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As a forest entomologist, I study how native trees interact with feeding from invasive insects from other countries.

Mr. Scott Horn, Entomologist
 


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  • M.S., University of Georgia
     
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An entomologist studies insects and how they interact with the environment.
     

Dr. Melody Keena, Entomologist


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  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An entomologist studies insects and their interactions with other organisms and the environment.


Dr. Kier Klepzig, Entomologist / Plant Pathologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An entomologist studies insects and a plant pathologist studies plant diseases - in my case diseases of trees.


Dr. Frank Koch, Invasion Ecologist


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  • Ph.D., NC State University 
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An invasion ecologist studies the ways in which species move out of their native environments and into new ones, where they sometimes have negative impacts.


Dr. Javier Mercado, Entomologist

Dr. Javier Mercado, Entomologist
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Dr. Javier Mercado, Entomologist

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  • Ph.D., Colorado State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An entomologist studies insects.  Studying insects includes describing new insect species and the groups to which they belong, as well as examining the direct and indirect impact of insects on the environment.

Dr. Dan Miller, Forest Entomologist


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  • Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Forest entomologists study the interactions between insects and trees.  We try to find ways to limit the damage caused by insect pests as well as ways to foster a community of insects that help forests to stay healthy and strong over the long-term.

 


Dr. Therese M. Poland, Research Entomologist

Dr. Therese M. Poland, Research Entomologist
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Dr. Therese M. Poland, Research Entomologist

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  • Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An entomologist studies insects including their biology, ecology, behavior, population dynamics, host interactions, communication, and impacts on the environment. 


Mr. Derek Puckett, Entomologist


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  • M.S., The University of Tennessee 
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As an entomologist, I study insect species and related arthropods that inhabit and interact in forest ecosystems.  I also work with managing insect pests that have the potential to cause forest health issues in our nation's forests.


Dr. Justin Runyon, Entomologist


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  • Penn State University
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • Entomologists study insects.  I mostly study how insects interact with plants, especially insects that feed on plants.

 


Dr. Nathan Schiff, Entomologist


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  • Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • An entomologist studies the biology, natural history and control of insects.  I am interested in how tree-feeding insects use microbes to help them digest wood.


Dr. Michael Ulyshen, Research Entomologist

Michael Ulyshen, Research Entomologist
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Michael Ulyshen, Research Entomologist

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  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • As an entomologist, I study how insects impact forest health, and how insects are affected by forest management activities.