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Forest and Woodland Ecosystems
Logan, Utah Lab

As part of the Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program (FWE) of the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS), we research ecological disturbances associated with bark beetles in a changing climate. Our research is focused on bark beetles in conifer forests including the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and spruce beetle (D. rufipennis).

Live bristlecone pine surrounded by mountain pine beetle killed limber pine

The Great Basin bristlecone pine may hold key to bark beetle management
KNVC Carson City Community Media - July 20, 2018

Tree species found to resist mountain pine beetles
Rapid City Journal - July 8, 2018



Translocation experiment reveals capacity for mountain pine beetle persistence under climate warming (2020)
Authors: Soderberg, DN; Mock, KE; Hofstetter, RW; Bentz, BJ

Stronger influence of growth rate than severity of drought stress on mortality of large ponderosa pines during the 2012-2015 California drought (2020)
Authors: Keen, RM; Voelker, SL; Bentz, BJ; Wand, S; Ferrell, R

Susceptibility of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) to gene silencing through RNAi provides potential as a novel management tool (2020)
Authors: Kyre, BR; Bentz, BJ; Rieske, LK

Modeling mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) oviposition (2019)
Authors: McManis, AE; Powell, JA; Bentz, BJ


Advances in semiochemical repellents to mitigate host mortality from the spruce beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) (2019)
Authors: Hansen, EM; Munson, AS; Wakarchuk, D; Blackford, DC; Graves, AD; Stephens, S; Moan, JE

Ips typographus and Dendroctonus ponderosae models project thermal suitability for intra-and inter-continental establishment in a changing climate (2019)
Authors: Bentz BJ, Jonsson AM, Schroeder M, Weed A, Wilcke RA, Larsson K.

Low offspring survival in mountain pine beetle infesting the resistant Great Basin bristlecone pine supports the preference-performance hypothesis (2018)
Authors: Eidson, EL; Mock, KE; Bentz, BJ



Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program
Rocky Mountain Research Station
and the USDA Forest Service, Logan Utah 84321

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