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Research Entomologist

Barbara J Bentz

Research Entomologist
860 North 1200 East
Logan, UT 84321
Phone: 435-755-3577
Fax: 435-755-3563
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Current Research

My current research is focused on understanding temperature response and adaptations of bark beetles and associated communities for increased understanding of population outbreaks in a changing climate. This research includes the role of host trees and the environment in population outbreak dynamics, and incorporating physiological information into  mechanistic models of bark beetle temperature response for managing forest ecosystems in a changing climate. I also research the role of bark beetles in post-fire environments.

Research Interests

My research interests are numerous. Among the highlights are biology, ecology, management of bark beetles, physiological aspects of bark beetle response to temperature, modeling climate change influences on bark beetle populations, and fire and bark beetle interactions. 

Past Research

Temperature dependence of bark beetles; using pheromones to manage bark beetle populations; use of remote sensing for detecting bark beetle-caused tree mortality.

Why This Research is Important

Bark beetles have caused more tree mortality in western North America forest ecosystems over the past 20 years than wildfire.  It is imperative to understand how rising temperature and decreasing precipitation will influence bark beetle-caused tree mortality in the future, including interactions with other disturbances. 

Education

  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Ph.D. Entomology, 1991
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, MS Forestry and Entomology, 1984
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, BS Forestry and Biology, 1981

Professional Experience

  • Project Leader, Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Logan UT
    1999 - Current
  • Research Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Logan UT
    1991 - Current

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Last updated on : 01/15/2014