National Program Lead, Entomology & Pathology
1400 Independence Ave., SW
District of Columbia
Contact Robert Progar
Rob is a research entomologist who performs independent multidisciplinary research, usually in collaboration with other agencies, universities and formal or informal teams. Some of his current 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.
Forest Entomology - forest canopy arthropod communities
Forest Ecosystem Processes - decomposition of coarse woody debris
Aquatic Insect Ecology assessment of emergence of adult aquatic insects from headwater streams
Insect Pest Management - management of hazelnut orchard pests
Non-target impacts of aerial tratments to control gypsy moth
Use of a nuclear polyhedrosis virus to control eastern tent caterpillar
- 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 Forestry, 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.
Awards & Recognition
- Science Finding Award, 2014
Tricking beetles: using pheromones to protect trees from mountain pine beetle Lead PNW scientist: Robert Progar
- Science Finding Award , 2012
For the "Inundative release of flea beetles as a biological "herbicide" on riparian leafy spurge" Project.
- Invasive Species Innovative Control and Management , 2012
"In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments to develop and implement the concept of inundative release of a biological control agent."
- Certificate of Merit. , 2010
For outstanding research collaboration and outreach with partners and cooperators outside the Pacific Northwest Research Station.
- Certificate of Merit. , 2006
In recognition of hard work in the Southern Idaho Biocontrol Program
- Certificate of Merit. , 2002
For exceptional performance in the FY02 performance plan.
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 ...