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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 amoung 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



Management of Western North American Bark Beetles with Semiochemicals (2018)
Authors: Seybold, SJ; Bentz, BJ; Fettig, CJ; Lundquist, JE; Progar, RA; Gillette, NE

Low offspring survival in mountain pine beetle infesting the resistant Great Basin bristlecone pine supports the preference-performance hypothesis (2018)
Authors: Eidson, Erika L.; Mock, Karen E.; Bentz, Barbara J.

Mountain pine beetle host selection behavior confirms high resistance in Great Basin bristlecone pine (2017)
Authors: Eidson, Erika L.; Mock, Karen E.; Bentz, Barbara J.

Effects of climate change on ecological disturbance in the Northern Rockies (2017)
Authors: Loehman, RA; Bentz, BJ; DeNitto, GA; Keane, RE; Manning, ME; Duncan, JP; Egan, JM; Jackson, MB; Kegley, S; Lockman, IB; Pearson, DE; Powell, JA; Shelly, S; Steed, BE; Zambino, PJ

Differential dispersal and the Allee effect create power-law behaviour: Distribution of spot infestations during mountain pine beetle outbreaks (2017)
Authors: Powell, James A.; Garlick, Martha J.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Friedenberg, Nicholas.


Evidence for a Prepupal Diapause in the Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) (2017)
Authors: Bentz, Barbara J.; Hansen, E. Matthew

3-Methylcyclohex-2-en-1-one for area and individual tree protection against spruce beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) attack in the southern Rocky Mountains (2017)
Authors: Hansen, EM; Munson, AS; Blackford, DC; Graves, AD; Coleman, TW; Baggett, LS

Rapid neo-sex chromosome evolution and incipient speciation in a major forest pest (2017)
Authors: Bracewell, Ryan R.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Sullivan, Brian T.; Good, Jeffrey M.

Reproductive isolation and environmental adaptation shape the phylogeography of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) (2017)
Authors: Dowle, E.J.; Bracewell, R.R.; Pfrender, M.E.; Mock, K.E.; Bentz, B.J.; Ragland, G.J.


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

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