Allies and Invaders

William Eddy Lecture presents: Allies and Invaders

William Eddy Lecture presents: Allies and Invaders

June 2, 2017| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Programs and Events

William Eddy Lecture Series: Allies and Invaders

We’ll ask the experts to delve 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.

Evening Insect Identification

July 14, 8:30 – 10:00PM, Sherryland (Danville) –Please wear long pants and bring a flashlight/headlamp if you have it.

Join the party! We’ll set up lights and lures to invite insects that are out at night then see who shows up attracted by our black light (UV spectrum).  Along with museum staff, Liz Studer (PhD candidate of the Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society Graduate program at Dartmouth) will help identify what insects we attract. We have combined this program with our annual Moth Ball, so please attend as we plan to identify all kinds of moths as well.

Meet at 760 Brainerd Street, Danville VT 05828.

In the Field

July 15, 9:00AM – noon and 1:00 -4:00PM, Sherryland (Danville)–Please wear long pants, sturdy shoes, bug spray and bring a handlens if you have one.

This is a day program to identify and examine forest insects and their effects on the forest environment.  Join Matt Ayers, Professor of Biological Sciences, Chair Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society and his graduate student, Liz Studer, to explore fields and forests with an eye for the insects that live here. There will be a lunch break (bring your own bag lunch) from 12:00 – 1:00PM at Sherryland, so if you can only join us for the morning or afternoon session, please do so.

Meet at 760 Brainerd Street, Danville VT 05828 at either 9:00AM or 1:00PM.

Insects of Our Forest Ecosystems

June 15, 7PM,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?

Invasive Insects: Wooly Adelgid, Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle

June 22, 7PM, 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.

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