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USDA Bark Beetle


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).

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 Tree response and mountain pine beetle attack preference,
reproduction and emergence timing in mixed whitebark
and lodgepole pine stands (2015)

Authors: Bentz, Barbara J.; Boone, Celia; Raffa, Kenneth F. 2015.

 Geographically variable response of Dendroctonus ponderosae to winter warming in the western United States (2015)
Authors: Weed, Aaron S.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Ayres, Matthew P.; Holmes, Thomas

  Mountain pine beetle voltinism and life history (2014)
Authors: Bentz, Barbara; Vandygriff, James; Jensen, Camille; Coleman, Tom; Maloney, Patricia; Smith, Sheri; Grady, Amanda; Schen-Langenheim, Greta.

  Forest development and carbon dynamics after mountain pine beetle outbreaks (2014)
Author: Hansen, E.M.

  Mountain pine beetle seasonal timing and constraints to bivoltinism: A comment on Mitton and Ferrenberg (2014)
Authors: Bentz, B.J., Powell, J.A.



 Carbon dynamics in central US Rockies lodgepole pine type after mountain pine beetle outbreaks (2015)
Authors: Hansen, E. M., Amacher, M. C., Van Miegroet, H., Long, J. N., Ryan, M. G.

 Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate (2015)
Authors: Anderegg, W.R.L., Hicke, J.A., Fisher, R.A., Allen, C.D., Aukema, J., Bentz, B., Hood, S., Lichstein, J.W., Macalady, A.K., McDowell, N., Pan, Y., Raffa, K., Sala, A., Shaw, J.D., Stephenson, N.L., Tague, C., Zeppel, M.

 Integrating models to investigate critical phonological overlaps in complex ecological interactions: The mountain pine beetle-fungus symbiosis (2015)
Authors: Addison, A., Powell, J.A., Bentz, B.J., Six, D.L.

 Fuel loads and simulated fire behavior in “old-stage” beetle-infested ponderosa pine of the Colorado Plateau (2015)
Authors: Hansen, E.M., Johnson, M.C., Bentz, B.J., Vandygriff, J.C., Munson, A.S.

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

Webmaster: Jim Vandygriff

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