Scientists in this unit investigate the ecological
roles and impacts of insects in Western forests and apply their understanding
of insect behavior to reduce negative effects (or enhance beneficial
influences), through insect- or forest-management strategies. Primary
emphasis is on use of natural, insect-produced compounds to manipulate
pine bark beetles, and on understanding the roles and mechanisms of
insects in decomposing and recycling organic material in the forest.
RESEARCH EMPHASIS AREAS
- Understand the roles and impacts of insects in forest and wildland
ecosystems in maintaining healthy, productive forest environments.
- Understand the taxonomy, behavior, and life histories of insects in forest and wildland ecosystems for development of safe and effective pest management strategies.
- Develop methods to detect, monitor, and manipulate insect populations in forest and wildland ecosystems.
Chemical Ecology and Management of Forest Insects with its primarly location at the
Albany Sciences Laboratory, is a research unit of the Pacific Southwest Research Station,
headquartered in Albany, California. The unit and research station are part of the
Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.