Research Entomologist (Biocontrol and Molecular Biology) Vacancy - USDA
Forest Service, Northern Research Station, NRS-03 Ecology and Management
of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems is looking for a Research
Entomologist, GS-11/12 for our laboratory in Hamden CT. The major duties
of the position are:
1. Conducts research and develops new approaches to biological control of
invasive insect pests of trees.
2. Uses modern molecular techniques and DNA-based tools to study the
ecological roles of biological control organisms in their native and
3. Conducts laboratory and field experiments to optimize the rearing,
establishment, spread, and impact of biological control agents for
regulating pest populations.
4. Conducts exploration for additional biological control agents of
introduced forest pests as needs arise.
5. Plans and conducts research to understand the multitrophic ecological
interactions that impact biological control efficacy.
6. Analyzes and interprets research results, prepares reports and
manuscripts for publication, and presents papers and talks to professional
and lay audiences.
Research will initially focus on predators of hemlock woolly adelgid, but
opportunities to work on biological control of other invasive insects,
such as Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, or Sirex woodwasp will
The Hamden CT area is located just north of New Haven CT and has a
cooperative relationship with Yale University with opportunities to work
with the University community. The position is open to both public (must
be a US citizen to apply) and government employees on USAJOBS. Questions
can be directed to me at the address, phone, or email listed below.
Government vacancy announcement - TA10-NRS-EMI-0442G
Public vacancy announcement - TA10-NRS-EMI-0442DP
Dr. Kurt W. Gottschalk
Research Forester and Project Leader
Ecology & Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems
USDA Forest Service
Northern Research Station
180 Canfield St.
Morgantown, WV 26505-3180 USA
Phone: 304-285-1598 Fax: 304-285-1505 Cell Phone: 304-276-9750
Email: kgottschalk(a)fs.fed.us Web page:
The Dec. 31 deadline for submission of abstracts for presentations at the
Congress is approaching. If you would like to present (either oral or
poster) at the Congress, you should submit an abstract by visiting
then click on ?online abstract submission on the right?. You will be
prompted to establish a login ID and password prior to submitting an
If you would like to submit an abstract for one of the sessions in our
Congress Theme ?Frontiers in forest and tree health? listed below, we
suggest that you contact the listed session coordinator to make sure that
there is still room in the session, before submitting an abstract with
that session designated.
It is also possible to submit an abstract without designating any of the
existing sessions. To do this, you should still select ?Frontiers in
Forest Health? as the Congress theme but select ?other? as the session.
The Congress Organizing Committee will organize these ?other?
presentations into sessions with similar content.
Finally, plans are being made for a special 2-day post-conference forest
health tour. As part of the tour, we would visit various forest stands
for first-hand view of some of the important insect and disease problems
in Korea. For more information, see
Theme: ?Frontiers in Forest and Tree Health? (full descriptions can be
found at http://www.iufro2010.com/upload/Congress_Themes_And_Sessions.pdf)
G-01 Forest health in a changing environment
coordinators: Elena Paoletti (e.paoletti(a)ipp.cnr.it) & Mike Wingfield
G-02 New insights into roles of ophiostomatoid fungi in bark
coordinators: Diana Six (diana.six(a)cfc.umt.edu) & Mike Wingfield
G-03 Effect of multiple ecosystem stressors on tree and forest
coordinator: Nancy Grulke (ngrulke(a)fs.fed.us)
G-04 The growing threat of Australian insect pests to world
eucalyptus plantation forestry coordinator: Simon Lawson
G-05 Synergy in forest threats: symbiotic interactions and
coordinator: Kier Klepzig (Kklepzig(a)fs.fed.us)
G-06 Alien invasive pathogens: threats to forest ecosystem
integrity and services
coordinators: Steve Woodward & Ned Klopfenstein (nklopfenstein(a)fs.fed.us )
G-07 Impacts of interacting disturbances on forest health in the
coordinator: Douglas McRae (DMcRae(a)NRCan.gc.ca )
G-08 Invasive alien species: economic and environmental impacts on
coordinator: David Langor (David.Langor(a)NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca )
G-09 Semiochemical based monitoring of forest health
coordinator: Zhang Zhen (zhangzhen(a)caf.ac.cn)
G-10 Trends in wood and bark borer invasions and effects of policy
coordinators: Eckehard Brockerhoff
(Eckehard.Brockerhoff(a)scionresearch.com) & Robert Haack
G-11 Molecular ecological and evolutionary perspectives on changing
populations of forest insects and their symbionts
Session coordinator: Bernard Slippers (bernard.slippers(a)fabi.up.ac.za)
G-12 Oak decline in the world
Session coordinator: Naoto Kamata (kamatan(a)uf.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp) & Kazuyoshi
G-13 Advances in exotic forest pest surveillance and monitoring
Session coordinator: Jon Sweeney (jsweeney(a)nrcan.gc.ca)
G-14 Ecology and management of pine wood nematode in the face of
Session coordinators: Yeong-jin (yjchung(a)foa.go.kr) Chung & Han Hyerim
G-15 Cork Oak forest degradation causes and sustainable development
in western Mediterranean countries
Session coordinators: Mohammed Nejib Rejeb (Rejeb.nejib(a)iresa.agrinet.tn),
Abdelhamid Khaldi & Woo Su-Young
G-16 Climate factors and tree susceptibility/resistance to insects
Session coordinators: François Lieutier
(francois.lieutier(a)univ-orleans.fr) & Dan Herms
G-17 Managing cone and seed insects to preserve the regeneration of
Session coordinator: Jean-Noël Candau (Jean-Noel.Candau(a)NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca
G-18 Diseases and insects in pines threatening global forest health
in the 21st century
Session coordinators: Lee Kyung Joon (fraxinus(a)snu.ac.kr ) & Kang Ho Duck
G-19 Forest dieback caused by novel ambrosia beetle/Raffaelea pest
Session coordinators: Kazuyoshi Futai (futai(a)kais.kyoto-u.ac.jp ) & Naoto
Andrew Liebhold 304-285-1512
Northern Research Station 304-285-1505 FAX
USDA Forest Service 724-317-8668 mobile
180 Canfield St. aliebhold(a)fs.fed.us
Morgantown, WV26505 USA http://sandyliebhold.com
Please forward this on to any interested parties:
Kliejunas, John T.; Geils, Brian W.; Glaeser, Jessie Micales; Goheen,
Ellen Michaels; Hennon, Paul; Kim, Mee-Sook; Kope, Harry; Stone, Jeff;
Sturrock, Rona; Frankel, Susan J. 2009. Review of literature on climate
change and forest diseases of western North America. Gen. Tech. Rep.
PSW-GTR-225. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Pacific Southwest Research Station. 54 p.
Online at: http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/documents/psw_gtr225/
Hardcopy. There is NO charge for this publication and to order a free
Email: rschneider(a)fs.fed.us (include your full mailing address and the
publication name or number)
FAX: (970) 498-1122
Phone: (970) 498-1392
By US Mail: Send your name and address in block format (as if you are
addressing an envelope) to:
Rocky Mountain Research Station
240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526-2098 USA
ALSO... we have updated the Annotated Bibliography of Climate and Forest
Diseases of Western North America
to add the following publications:
Allen, C.D. 2009. Climate-induced forest dieback: An escalating global
phenomenon?. Unasylva. 231/232 60(1-2): 43-49.
Allen, Craig D.; Breshears, David D. 1998. Drought-induced shift of a
forest?woodland ecotone: rapid landscape response to climate variation.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA Vol. 95(25): 14839-14842.
Beier, Colin M.; Sink, Scot E.; Hennon, Paul E.; D'amore, David V.; Juday,
Glenn P. 2008. Twentieth-century warming and the dendroclimatology of
declining yellow-cedar forests in southeastern Alaska. Can. J. For. Res.
Blennow, Kristina; Andersson, Mikael; Sallnäs, Ola; Olofsson, Erika 2009.
Climate change and the probability of wind damage in two Swedish forests.
Forest Ecol. Manage. (2009), doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2009.07.004.
Brenes-Arguedas, Tania; Coley, Phyllis D.; Kursar, Thomas A. 2009. Pests
vs. drought as determinants of plant distribution along a tropical
rainfall gradient. Ecology. 90(7): 1751-1761.
Adams, Henry D.; Guardiola-Claramonte, Maite; Barron-Gafford, Greg A.;
Camilo Villegas, Juan; Breshears, David D.; Zou, Chris B.; Troch, Peter
A.; Huxman, Travis E. 2009. Temperature sensitivity of drought-induced
tree mortality portends increased regional die-off under
global-change-type drought. Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences. 106(17): 7063-7066.
Breshears, David D.; Myers, Orrin B.; Meyer, Clifton W.; Barnes, Fairley
J.; Zou, Chris B.; Allen, Craig D.; McDowell, Nathan G.; Pockman, William
T. 2009. Tree die-off in response to global change-type drought: mortality
insights from a decade of plant water potential measurements. Frontiers in
Ecology and the Environment. 7(4): 185-189.
Brodribb, Tim J.; Cochard, Hervé 2009. Hydraulic failure defines the
recovery and point of death in water-stressed conifers. Plant Physiology
Dukes, Jeffrey S.; Pontius, Jennifer; Orwig, David; Garnas, Jeffrey R.;
Rodgers, Vikki L.; Brazee, Nicholas; Cooke, Barry; Theoharides, Kathleen
A.; Stange, Erik E.; Harrington, Robin; Ehrenfeld, Joan; Gurevitch,
Jessica; Lerdau, Manuel; Stinson, Kristina; Wick, Robert; Ayres, Matthew
2009. Responses of insect pests, pathogens, and invasive plant species to
climate change in the forests of northeastern North America: What can we
predict? . Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Volume 39( 2): 231-248.
Gregory, Peter J.; Johnson, Scott N.; Newton, Adrian C.; Ingram, John S.
I. 2009. Integrating pests and pathogens into the climate change/food
security debate. Journal of Experimental Botany. 60 (10): p. 2827-2838.
Harsch, Melanie A.; Hulme, Philip E.; McGlone, Matt S.; Duncan, Richard P.
2009. Are treelines advancing? A global meta-analysis of treeline response
to climate warming. Ecology Letters. 12(10): 1040-1049.
Klopfenstein, Ned B.; Kim, Mee-Sook; Hanna, John W.; Richardson, Bryce A.;
Lundquist, John E. 2009. Approaches to predicting potential impacts of
climate change on forest disease: an example with Armillaria root disease.
Res. Pap. RMRS-RP-76. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 10 p.
Lake, Janice Ann; Wade, Ruth Nicola 2009. Plant-pathogen interactions and
elevated CO2: morphological changes in favour of pathogens. Journal of
Experimental Botany. 60(11): 3123-3131.
Linton, M. J.; Sperry, J. S.; Williams, D. G. 1998. Limits to Water
Transport in Juniperus osteosperma and Pinus edulis: Implications for
drought tolerance and regulation of transpiration . Functional Ecology.
Lutz, J.A.; van Wagtendonk, J.W.; Franklin, J.F. 2009. Twentieth-century
decline of large-diameter trees in Yosemite National Park, California,
USA. Forest Ecology and Management. 257(11): p. 2296-2307.
McDowell, Nate; Pockman, William T.; Allen, Craig D.; Breshears, David D.;
Cobb, Neil; Kolb, Thomas; Plaut, Jennifer; Sperry, John; West, Adam;
Williams, David G.; Yepez, Enrico A. 2008. Mechanisms of plant survival
and mortality during drought: why do some plants survive while others
succumb to drought?. New Phytologist. 178(4): 719 - 739.
Millar, C.I.; Westfall, R.D.; Delany, D.L. 2007. Response of
high-elevation limber pine (Pinus flexilis) to multiyear droughts and
20th-century warming, Sierra Nevada, California, USA. Canadian Journal of
Forest Research, Volume 37(12): 2508-2520.
Mueller, Rebecca C.; Scudder, Crescent M.; Porter, Marianne E.; Trotter,
R. Talbot III; Gehring, Catherine A.; Whitham, Thomas G. 2005.
Differential tree mortality in response to severe drought: evidence for
long-term vegetation shifts. Journal of Ecology. 93(6): 1085-1093
Niinemets, Ülo; Valladares, Fernando 2006. Tolerance to shade, drought,
and waterlogging of temperate northern hemisphere trees and shrubs.
Ecological Monographs. 76(4): 521?547.
Six, D.L.; Bentz, B.J. 2007. Temperature determines symbiont abundance in
a multipartite bark beetle-fungus ectosymbiosis. Microbial Ecology. 54(1):
van Mantgem, Phillip J.; Stephenson, Nathan L.; Byrne, John C.; Daniels,
Lori D.; Franklin, Jerry F.; Fulé, Peter Z.; Harmon, Mark E.; Larson,
Andrew J.; Smith, Jeremy M.; Taylor, Alan H.; Veblen, Thomas T. 2009.
Widespread Increase of Tree Mortality Rates in the Western United States.
Science. Vol. 323(5913): 521-524.
Walther, Gian-Reto; Roques, Alain; Hulme, Philip E.; Sykes, Martin T.;
Py?ek, Petr; Kühn, Ingolf; Zobel, Martin; Bacher, Sven; Botta-Dukát,
Zoltán; Bugmann, Harald; Czúcz, Bálint; Dauber, Jens; Hickler, Thomas;
Jaroík, Vojtech; Kenis, Marc; Klotz, Stefan; Minchin, Dan; Moora, Mari;
Nentwig, Wolfgang; Ott, Jürgen; Panov,Vadim E.; Reineking, Björn;
Robinet,Christelle; Semenchenko, Vitaliy; Solarz, Wojciech; Thuiller,
Wilfried; Vilà, Montserrat; Vohland, Katrin; Settele, Josef 2009. Alien
species in a warmer world: risks and opportunities. Trends in Ecology &
Evolution - 26 August 2009.
Watt, Michael S.; Kriticos, Darren J.; Alcaraz, Samantha; Brown, Anna V.;
Leriche, Agathe 2009. The hosts and potential geographic range of
Dothistroma needle blight. Forest Ecology and Management Volume 257( 6):
West, A. G.; Hultine, K. R.; Sperry, J. S.; Bush, S. E.; Ehleringer, J. R.
2008. Transpiration and hydraulic strategies in a piñon?juniper woodland.
Ecological Applications. 18(4): 911?927.
Zeng, Hongcheng; Chambers, Jeffrey Q.; Negrón-Juárez, Robinson I.; Hurtt,
George C.; Baker, David B.; Powell, Mark D. 2009. Impacts of tropical
cyclones on U.S. forest tree mortality and carbon flux from 1851 to 2000.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 106(19): 7888-7892.
Please email me if you have suggested publications to add.
PS - I apologize to those of you that received several copies of this
Susan J. Frankel
Sudden Oak Death Research Program Manager
USDA-Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
PO Box 245
Berkeley, CA 94701
800 Buchanan Street, West Annex Building,
Albany, CA 94710-0011
Phone: 510-559-6472 FAX :510-559-6440
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