William Eddy Lecture Series: Allies and Invaders
This 3-part program delves into research about the roles and relationships that affect insect life … and how insect life affects us. Bring your questions about outbreaks, climate, alien introductions, and long-term strategies for the experts.
June 15, 7PM
Insects of Our Forest Ecosystems
St. Johnsbury Academy, Black Box Theater
Matt Ayres is a Professor of Biological Science at Dartmouth College, where he offers courses in Ecology and The Nature and Practice of Science. He is Chair of Dartmouth’s graduate program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society, and Associate Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies in the Dickey Center for International Understanding. His degrees include a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Michigan State. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Matt was a Fulbright Fellow in Finland and a Research Scientist with the USDA Forest Service in Lousiana. Matt has been studying forest insects for over 30 years, especially those that sometimes kills trees and change forests. Study systems include bark beetles, Lepidoptera, wood wasps, scale insects, phoretic mites, and fungi. His research questions include: (1) why are some populations stable while others fluctuate greatly; (2) how do climatic patterns and species interactions (e.g., predators, competitors, and mutualists) influence the occurrence and impacts of forest pests; (3) how does climate change impact pests; (4) why does the tendency for pestilence frequently change depending on whether the host trees and potential pests are indigenous to the system; and (5) how can we best manage forests in a world that is changing so rapidly?
June 22, 7PM
Invasive Insects: Wooly Adelgid, Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle
St. Johnsbury Academy, Black Box Theater
Barbara Schultz, Moderator and introduction to Wooly Adelgid
Kyle Lombard, Emerald Ash Borer
Mike Bohne, Asian Longhorned Beetle
Barbara Schultz, Forest Health Program Manager (Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation)
“I have been a forest health specialist for the State of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation since 1980, and have been the Forest Health Program Manager since 2009. The program’s responsibilities include forest insect and disease surveys, health monitoring, and pest management. I have a bachelor’s degree in Forest Science from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Forest Pathology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and spent several years working on US Forest Service insect and disease projects in the Northeast.”
Kyle Lombard, Forest Health Program Coordinator (NH Division of Forests and Lands)
Kyle is a Forest Entomologist/Pathologist with the NH Division of Forests and Lands and Program Coordinator of the Statewide Forest Health program. Kyle is a graduate of the Thompson School and the University of NH with 23 years of experience working on a wide variety of forest damage causing agents throughout the diverse forests of New Hampshire. Duties include field investigations, monitoring projects, control strategies, quarantines, outreach, pesticide applications and other suppression activities. Kyle is currently the Chair of the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters Forest Health Committee, immediate past Chair of the Northeast Forest Pest Council and past education Chair and recipient of the Forester of the Year award with the Granite State Chapter of the Society of American Foresters.
Previous to working in the forest health arena Kyle was a licensed forester, marked timber in northern Maine for the Maine Bureau of Public Lands, in northern NH for International Paper, in southern NH for Dave Noyes Forestry, and spent three years with the U.S Forest Service in Michigan and Kansas.
Michael Bohne, Forest Health Group Leader (Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State & Private Forestry, Durham Field Office)
Michael Bohne is an entomologist and forest health group leader with the U.S. Forest Service in Durham, N.H. He has a Masters in Entomology and Chemical Ecology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he studied pine bark beetles in Minnesota and the Asian longhorned beetle in China. Mike joined the US Forest Service in 2003 working on the Asian longhorned beetle eradication program in New York City and has been the Forest Health group leader at the Durham Field Office in NH since 2008. The Forest Health program provides technical assistance on forest health-related matters across all land ownership, particularly those related to disturbance agents such as native and non-native insects, pathogens, and invasive plants.
Field Program—Danville, VT
Field trip to examine forest insects and their effects with Dave Houston and a team of forest entomologists, pathologists, ecologists. More details to come soon.