National Program Lead, Entomology & Pathology
1400 Independence Ave., SW
District of Columbia
Contact Robert Progar
Rob Progar serves as the National Program Lead for USDA Forest Service Research for entomology, pathology, invasive species and pollination ecology on the Sustainable forest Management Team within the national headquarters. He develops and maintains communications and relationships between researchers and leadership, identifies the need for new science, and is a subject matter expert on related topics. He usually works in collaboration with other agencies, universities and formal or informal teams. Current activities include serving on the USDA Pollinator Working Group Steering Committee, USDA Invasive Species Working Group, National Invasive Species Issues Team, Joint Committee for Biological Control, and compiling a National Forest Insect and Pathogen Assessment.
Some past research projects include: 1) Development of reliable semiochemical or ecological methods for predicting, detecting, monitoring or mitigating unwanted or desirable disturbances by insects or disease to support existing management strategies or help create new strategies that can insure productive and sustainable forest ecosystems. 2) Evaluating the relationship between fire caused injury and tree survival, and methods to increase tree survival following controlled burning. 3) The use of biological control to mitigate the impacts of invasive plants and insects. 4) Modeling response of arthropod species and feeding guilds to climate patterns.
- West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, Ph.D. Plant And Soil Science Entomology 1995
- Frostburg State University, Frostburg MD, M.B.A. Business 1991
- West Virginia University, M.S. Entomology Entomology 1987
- West Virginia University, B.S. Plant Science Plant Science 1985
- Potomac State College, A.A. Horticulture Plant Science 1983
- West Virginia University, B.S. Business Business 1982
- Entomological Society of America, Member (1996 - Current)
- Society of American Foresters (SAF), Chair Of The D5 Insect And Disease Committee (2009 - 2012)
Activities include addressing questions of national importance to the Society of American Foresters; organize and moderate a symposia for the annual national meeting; and address national concerns for the Society regarding forest insects.
Featured Publications & Products
- Progar, R.A.; Markin, G.; Milan, J.; Barbouletos, T.; Rinella, M.J. 2010. Inundative release of Aphthona spp. flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomlidae) as a biological "herbicide" on leafy spurge in riparian areas.
- Progar, Robert; Moldenke, Andrew R. 2009. Aquatic insect emergence from headwater streams flowing through regeneration and mature forests in western Oregon.
- Negron, Jose F.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Gillette, Nancy; Hansen, E. Matthew; Hayes, Jane L.; Kelsey, Rick G.; Lundquist, John E.; Lynch, Ann M.; Progar, Robert A.; Seybold, Steven J. 2008. US Forest Service bark beetle research in the western United States: Looking toward the future.
- Schowalter, Timothy D.; Zhang, Yanli; Progar, Robert A. 2005. Canopy arthropod response to density and distribution of green trees retained after partial harvest..
- Progar, Robert A.; Ganio, Lisa ; Grayson, Lindsay ; Hood, Sharon M. 2018. Chapter 9 - Monitoring survival of fire-injured trees in Oregon and Washington (Project WC-F-08-03).
- Malesky, Danielle M.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Brown, Gary R.; Brunelle, Andrea R.; Buffington, John M.; Chappell, Linda M.; DeRose, R. Justin; Guyon, John C., II.; Jorgensen, Carl L.; Loehman, Rachel A.; Lowrey, Laura L.; Lynch, Ann M.; Matyjasik, Marek; McMillin, Joel D.; Mercado, Javier E.; Morris, Jesse L.; Negron, Jose F.; Padgett, Wayne G.; Progar, Robert A.; Randall, Carol B. 2018. Effects of climate change on ecological disturbances Chapter 8.
- Seybold, Steven J.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Lundquist, John E.; Progar, Robert A.; Gillette, Nancy E. 2018. Management of western North American bark beetles with semiochemicals.
- Ganio, Lisa M.; Progar, Robert A. 2017. Mortality predictions of fire-injured large Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine in Oregon and Washington, USA.
- Grayson, Lindsay M.; Progar, Robert A.; Hood, Sharon M. 2017. Predicting post-fire tree mortality for 14 conifers in the Pacific Northwest, USA: Model evaluation, development, and thresholds.
- Progar, Robert A.; Hrinkevich, Kathryn H.; Clark, Edward S.; Rinella, Matthew J. 2017. Prescribed burning in ponderosa pine: fuel reductions and redistributing fuels near boles to prevent injury.
- Hrinkevich, Kathryn H.; Progar, Robert A.; Shaw, David C. 2016. A severity rating system for evaluating stand-level balsam woolly adelgid (Hemiptera: Adelgidae) damage in two Abies species in western North America.
- Fettig, Chris; Steed, Brytten; Bulaon, Beverly; Mortenson, Leif; Progar, Robert; Bradley, Clifford; Munson, Steven; Mafra-Neto, Agenor. 2016. Efficacy of SPLAT Verb for protecting individual Pinus contorta, Pinus ponderosa, and Pinus lambertiana from mortality attributed to Dendroctonus ponderosae.
- Progar, Robert; Kruse, J.J.; Lundquist, John; Zogas, K.P.; Rinella, M.J. 2015. An entomopathogenic fungus and nematode prove ineffective for biocontrol of an invasive leaf miner Profenusa thomsoni in Alaska.
- Progar, Robert A.; Gillette, Nancy; Fettig, Christopher J.; Hrinkevich, Kathryn. 2014. Applied chemical ecology of the mountain pine beetle.
- Progar, Robert A.; Markin, George; Milan, Joseph; Barbouletos, Tom; Rinella, Matthew J. 2011. Population dynamics and impacts of the red-headed leafy spurge stem borer on leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula).
- Progar, Robert A.; Eglitis, Adris; Lundquist, John E. 2009. Some ecological, economic, and social consequences of bark beetle infestations.
|Natural Pheromone Found to Repel Mountain Pine Beetles When Outbreak Builds Gradually|
Forest Service scientists found that applications of verbenone reduced mountain pine beetle infestation of lodgepole pine trees in treated areas ...
|Use of insects tested to control invasive riparian weed|
Leafy spurge is an invasive weed that has appeared along streams throughout much of the country. Resource managers need way to control leafy spu ...