US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Kerry O. Britton

National Pathologist
1601 N. Kent Street, 4th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-605-4170
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Current Research

Pathway analysis for forest pests and pathogens

Costs/benefit analysis of pathway mitigation options

Research Interests

Prevention of invasive species introductions and establishments

Past Research

Causes and epidemiology of sycamore dieback

Epidemiology and control of dogwood anthracnose

Why This Research is Important

Established invasive forest pests cost taxpayers several billion dollars every year. Prevention of invasive species is cheaper than controlling them after they become established. A pathway approach is likely more effective than trying to prevent introductions one species at a time, especially since so many new invasive pests are unknown to science in their homeland.


  • University of Georgia, Ph.D. Plant Pathology, 1987

Professional Experience

  • National Program Leader for Forest Pathology Research and Development, USDA Forest Service, Forest Management Science, 1601 N. Kent St., RPC-4, Arlington, VA 22209
    2006 - Current
    Evaluates research needs in forest pathology; helps direct FS invasive species research program area; markets ongoing invasive species research to upper management and partners; advises field researchers regarding program direction; works with partners to seek synergy across federal, state and non-governmental agencies; promotes use of research results; tracks and reports program performance.
  • National Pathologist for Forest Health Protection, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, 1601 N. Kent St., RPC-7, Arlington, VA 22209
    2003 - 2006
    Managed national program for management and control of forest diseases on federal and private lands. Responsible for strategic planning, performance accountability, and accomplishment reporting.
  • Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, 320 Green Street, Athens, GA 30602
    1989 - 2003
    Studied the epidemiology of dogwood anthracnose, control strategies, host predisposition and resistance mechanisms. Later research focused on sycamore dieback (control strategies, host predisposition and resistance mechanisms) and kudzu biological control. From 1994-2002 served as Project Leader for Insect and Disease Research.

Professional Organizations

  • American Phytopathological Society, Member (1977 - Current)
    Promote discussions of ways APS members can help reduce pest spread and increase plant biosecurity.

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Last updated on : 05/22/2014