Spring 2014 Schedule

Tuesdays, 2:00-2:50
Forestry Building, room 127
 
Printable schedule available here.

April 15th
 
Scott McArt
 
USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Biology
University of Massachusetts
 
Applications of chemical ecology to forest tree health 
 
ABSTRACT: Relationships between insects, pathogens, and host plant defenses are central to forest and urban tree health.  In this talk, I will show how my experience with herbivores, microbial pathogens, and volatile and non-volatile plant chemistry can be applied to emerging tree health issues.  I will focus primarily on three topics.  First, I will highlight how a better understanding of interactions between insects, microbes, and abiotic conditions will improve our understanding and management of two important forest tree health issues: aspen decline and spruce bark beetle outbreaks.  Second, I will show how a better understanding of host plant recognition cues could lead to the development of vector-specific traps that limit transmission of economically important pathogens such as pine wilt nematode.  Third, I will show how current efforts to control tree pests such as the invasive emerald ash borer may have non-target effects on beneficial insects such as native bees.  Thus, an informed management strategy for tree pests must understand potential non-target effects, such as impacts on pollinator health.  Throughout the talk, I will use examples from my research to illustrate experimental approaches to addressing tree health issues.
 
January 28:  Gloria Edwards, Coordinator, Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University.  “Southern Rockies Fire Science Network: Supporting fire science from mesas to mountains.”
 
February 4:  Ruth M. Alexander, Professor, Department of History, & Council Chair, Public Lands History Center, Colorado State University.  “Environmental history of Longs Peak.”
 
February 11:  Chad Hoffman, Assistant Professor, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Department, Colorado State University. “Shifting the science behind the WUI: An overview of ongoing collaborative research between NIST, USFS and CSU.” 

February 18 - 19:  Front Range Student Ecology Symposium, Lory Student Center. 

February 25:  Tungalag Ulambayar, Doctoral Candidate, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Department, Colorado State University. “Social outcomes of pastoral community groups in Mongolia: is it a good option for modern nomads?”

March 4:  Chris Wennogle, Masters Student, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Department, Colorado State University. “GPS and GIS applications in wildland fire.”    

March 11: Yu Wei, Associate Professor, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Department, Colorado State University. “Studying the initial attack resource configurations based on historical fire records.”

March 25:  Kristen Pelz, Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University.  “Forest composition trajectories following mountain pine beetle.”
 
April 1:  Justin Ziegler, Masters Student, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Department, Colorado State University.  “Evaluating the effects of restoration treatments on structure and fire behavior using spatially-explicit methods.”
 
April 8:  Chantsallkham Jamsranjav, Doctoral Candidate, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Department, Colorado State University. “Livestock grazing effects on rangeland vegetation in different ecological zones of Mongolia.”
 
April 15:  Scott McArt, USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts.  “Applications of chemical ecology to forest tree health.”
 
April 22: Kate Dwire, Riparian Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.  “Comparison of riparian and upland forest stand structure and fuel loads in mountain-pine-beetle infested watersheds, southern Rocky Mountains.”
 
April 29:  Robin Reid, Director, Center for Collaborative Conservation, Colorado State University.  “Colorado Conservation Exchange: Building a watershed investment fund for northern Colorado.”