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Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program
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  • Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program
  • Southwest Forest Science Complex
  • 2500 South Pine Knoll
  • Flagstaff, AZ 86001-6381
  • Alison Hill 928-556-2105
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Entomologist

Matt Hansen

Entomologist
860 North 1200 East
Logan, UT 84321
Phone: 435-755-3575
Fax: 435-755-3563
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Current Research

  • The influence of bark beetles outbreaks on fuel loadings and fire behavior in southwestern ponderosa pine (ongoing).
  • The influence of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on carbon dynamics in lodgepole pine ecosystems in the central U.S. Rockies Part lll: Remotely sensed data (planned).
  • Prepupal diapause in mountain pine beetle (ongoing).

Research Interests

  • Effects of bark beetle outbreaks on ecosystem functioning
  • Temperature-driven processes affecting bark beetle life cycles
  • Bark beetle trapping strategies
  • Bark management including semichemical and silvicultural treatment

Why This Research is Important

Bark beetles are the most important disturbance agents of western conifer forests, with more area impaced annually than wildfires.  All forest values (fiber production, watershed, recreation, etc.) are substantially affected by bark beetle disturbance.  Additional research is needed to enable prediction of bark beetles outbreaks in space and time so that management strategies can be initiated early.  Greater understanding of outbreak effects on ecological processes will enable enlightened management of beetles and the forest they infest: negative impacts can be mitigated and positive impacts encouraged or mimicked through vegetation treatments. Novel strategies are needed to increase efficacy of management strategies.

Education

  • Utah State University, MS Forest Ecology, 2000
  • Utah State University, BS Forestry (cum laude), 1986

Professional Experience

  • Entomologist, United States Forest Serivce Rocky Mountain Research Station
    2001 - 2013
  • Biological Technician, United States Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
    2002 - 2005
  • Forestry Technician (Insects), Forest Health Protection, Ogden UT
    1998 - 2002
  • Fire, Timber Sales, Regen Surveys, Forest Inventory, Administration, United States Forest Service, National Forest Systems, Region 1,2,3, and 4
    1989 - 1997

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate of Merit, 2005
    United States Forest Service
  • Certificate of Merit, 1991
    United States Forest Service

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Last updated on : 05/30/2013