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Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

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News Releases 2018

Research entomologist earns national award for sharing science

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2018

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Photo of Chris Fettig standing in front of a U.S. flag next to a lectern with a U.S. Forest Service logo.
Dr. Christopher J. Fettig is the recipient of the 2017 Research and Development Deputy Chief’s Award for Science Delivery. (U.S. Forest Service)

DAVIS, Calif. — A near decade-long drought and subsequent bark beetle outbreak has resulted in a record 129 million dead trees across 8.9 million acres in California. The speed and magnitude of the deaths—62 million trees succumbed in 2016 alone—have caused concern and uncertainty among land managers, legislators and the public. Helping to make sense out of the chaos has been a researcher with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Chris Fettig, a research entomologist specializing in bark beetles, has conducted hundreds of interviews, made dozens of public appearances, and provides scientific expertise to both state and federal tree mortality task forces. In recognition for his tireless public outreach and educational efforts, Fettig was honored today with the Forest Service’s 2017 Research and Development Deputy Chief’s Award for Science Delivery during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Fettig holds a bachelor’s degree in forest management and a master’s degree in forest entomology from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, as well as a doctorate degree in forest entomology from the University of Georgia in Athens. He works out of the Pacific Southwest Research Station’s laboratory in Davis.

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Headquartered in Albany, California, the Pacific Southwest Research Station is part of the U.S. Forest Service’s Research and Development branch developing and communicating science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and other benefits to nature and society. Pacific Southwest Research Station scientists are engaged in research across a network of 14 experimental watersheds, ranges and forests and eight research facilities in California, Hawaii and the U.S.–affiliated Pacific Islands. Research is organized into five research units: conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem function and health, fire and fuels, urban ecosystems and social dynamics, as well as Pacific Islands forestry. For more information, visit


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