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Kathleen Knight

Kathleen Knight

Research Ecologist
359 Main Road
Delaware
Ohio
United States
43015

Phone: 740-368-0101
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Current Research

My current research deals with the effects of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) on forest communities. Short-term effects, such as ash (Fraxinus) decline trajectories and responses of native and exotic species, are being monitored in a network of plots across Ohio and Michigan. An ash decline transition matrix will be created from this data and will allow managers to predict yearly ash decline and mortality in forest stands. Preliminary matrices show the potential for rapid mortality. Long-term responses of forests will be modeled using the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS), which I am modifying to include invasive shrub species. FVS will also be used to examine effects of management, such as invasive shrub removal and native tree planting, in forests where ash is the dominant species

Education

  • University of Minnesota Ph.D., Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior 2006
  • Hiram College, B.A. Biology and Music Performance 2001

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Ohio Invasive Plants Network

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Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2013-055
Destructive Emerald Ash Borer Pest Provides Science Learning Opportunity for Kids

This effort has led to the development of a week-long EAB curriculum that gives kids hands-on experience with the process of science while doing ...

2013


NRS-2016-152
Elm Disease Resistance Research Gets a Boost

Great news for disease-tolerant American elm! A grant from The Manton Foundation has provided the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station w ...

2016


NRS-2016-119
Equipping Forest Managers to Respond to Two Threats to Ash

Forest Service scientists used field data and models to assess both the threats to, and potential replacement species for, black ash, a species ...

2016


NRS-2018-106
Genetic Information on Ash Informs Treatments for Emerald Ash Borer 

Forest managers can use insecticide treatments to protect ash trees from emerald ash borer to conserve the genetic diversity of ash. But which t ...

2018


NRS-2015-112
Green Ash Trees That Survive Beetle Infestation Pass on Their Resistance Through Propagation and Planting

Among the tens of millions of trees killed by the emerald ash borer (EAB), researchers have found a small number of trees that survived their as ...

2015


NRS-2015-176
Insecticide Effectiveness Against Emerald Ash Borer Studied

Insecticides used to protect urban ash trees against emerald ash borer are not consistently protective: their effectiveness is diminished in hea ...

2015


NRS-2017-72
Understanding effects of emerald ash borer on forests

As the invasive emerald ash borer swept across Ohio, Forest Service researchers tracked its aftermath as killed ash trees unleashed a cascade of ...

2017


NRS-2014-046
Woodpeckers Capitalize on an Invasive Forest Pest

Emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills ash trees, is eaten by bark-foraging birds like woodpeckers. Forest Service scientists and par ...

2014


Last updated on : 05/14/2019