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Barbara J. Bentz is a Research Entomologist in the Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program (Rocky Mountain Research Station). Her research interests are focused on bark beetle population dynamics, including effects due to temperature, at the tree, stand and landscape level. Current research interests include 1) analysis of genetic variability and phylogeography of the mountain pine beetle, 2) bark beetle population response to prescribed and wild fire, 3) latitudinal variation in mountain pine beetle fitness traits and the effect of climate change on these traits, and 4) testing the efficacy of pheromone traps and semiochemicals for bark beetle population management.  Barbara is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Natural Resources, Wildland Resources Department, at Utah State University.  


B.S. (Forestry and Biology) Stephen F. Austin State University,

Nacogdoches, TX, 1981

M.S. (Forest Resources) University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 1984 Ph.D. (Entomology) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State

University, Blacksburg, VA, 1991



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Rocky Mountain Research Station and the USDA Forest Service

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Barbara J. Bentz
Research Entomologist

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