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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Robert Progar

Robert Progar

National Program Lead, Entomology & Pathology
1400 Independence Ave., SW
District of Columbia
United States

Phone: 541-962-6578
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Current Research

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.

Past Research

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

Professional Organizations

  • Entomological Society of America, Member (1996 - Current)
    meeting attendance
  • 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.

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.

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Research Highlights


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 ...


Last updated on : 10/11/2019