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2016 Publications

Bentz, Barbara J.; Hood, Sharon M.; Hansen, E. Matthew; Vandygriff, James C.; Mock, Karen E. 2016. Defense traits in the long-lived Great Basin bristlecone pine and resistance to the native herbivore mountain pine beetle. New Phytologist doi:10.1111/nph.14191

Bentz, Barbara J.; Duncan, Jacob P.; Powell, James A. 2016. Elevational shifts in thermal suitability for mountain pine beetle population growth in a changing climate. Forestry DOI:10.1093/forestry/cpv054

Hansen, E. Matthew; Munson, Steven; Blackford, Darren C.; Wakarchuk, David; Baggett, L. Scott. 2016. Lethal trap trees and semiochemical repellents as area host protection strategies for spruce beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) in Utah. J. of Econ. Entom. DOI: 10.1093/jee/tow172

Kolb, Thomas E.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Ayres, Matthew P.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Hicke, Jeffrey A.; Mathiasen, Robert; Stewart, Jane E.; Weed, Aaron S. 2016. Observed and anticipated impacts of drought on forest insects and diseases in the United States. Forest Ecol. Manag. 380: 321–334.

Krivan, Vlastimil; Lewis, Mark; Bentz, Barbara J.; Bewick, Sharon; Lenhart, Suzanne M.; Liebhold, Andrew. 2016. A dynamical model for bark beetle outbreaks. J. Theor. Biol. 407: 25–37.

Ramsfield, T.D.; Bentz, B.J.; Faccoli, M.; Jactel, H.; Brockerhoff, E.G. 2016. Forest health in a changing world: effects of globalization and climate change on forest insect and pathogen impacts. Forestry 89: 245–252. doi:10.1093/forestry/cpw018

2015 Publications

Addison, Audrey; Powell, James A.; Bentz, Barbara J.; Six, Diana L. 2015. Integrating models to investigate critical phonological overlaps in complex ecological interactions: The mountain pine beetle-fungus symbiosis. J. Theor. Biol. 368:55-66.

Anderegg, Willian 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., and Zeppel, M. 2015. Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate. New Phytologist DOI: 10.1111/nph.13477.

Bentz, Barbara J.; Boone, Celia; Raffa, Kenneth F. 2015. Tree response and mountain pine beetle attack preference, reproduction and emergence timing in mixed whitebark and lodgepole pine stands. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/afe.12124.

Hansen, E.M., Amacher, M.C., Miegroet, H.V., Long, J.N., and Ryan, M.G. 2015. Carbon dynamics in central US Rockies lodgepole pine type after mountain pine beetle outbreaks. For. Sci. 61(4,5):665-679.

Hansen, E. M., Johnson, M.C., Bentz, B.J., Vandygriff, J.C., Munson, A.S. 2015. Fuel loads and simulated fire behavior in “old-stage” beetle-infested ponderosa pine of the Colorado Plateau. For. Sci. 61(4,5):644-664.

Vandygriff, J.C.; Hansen, E.M.; Bentz, B.J.; Allen, K.K.; Amman, G.D.;  Rasmussen, L.A. 2015. Long-term efficacy of diameter-limit cutting to reduce mountain pine beetle-caused tree mortality in a lodgepole pine forest. For. Chron. 91(4): 444-456.

Weed, A.S., Bentz, B.J., Ayres, M.P., and Holmes, T.P. 2015. Geographically variable response of Dendroctonus ponderosae to winter warming in the western United States. Landscape Ecol. 30(6):1075-1083.

2014 Publications

Bentz, Barbara; Powell, James A. 2014. Mountain pine beetle seasonal timing and constraints to bivoltinism (A comment on Mitton and Ferrenberg, “mountain pine beetle develops an unprecedented summer generation in response to climate warming”). Am. Nat. 184(6).

Bentz, Barbara; Vandygriff, James; Jensen, Camille; Coleman, Tom; Maloney, Patricia; Smith, Sheri; Grady, Amanda; Schen-Langenheim, Greta. 2014. Mountain pine beetle voltinism and life history characteristics across latitudinal and elevational gradients in the Western United States. For. Sci. 60(3):434–449.

Hansen, E.M. 2014. Forest development and carbon dynamics after mountain pine beetle outbreaks. For. Sci. 60(3):476–488.

2013 Publications

Addison, A.L., Powell, J.A., Six, D.L., Moore, M., Bentz, B.J. 2013. The role of temperature variability in stabilizing the mountain pine beetle–fungus mutualism. J. Theor. Biol. 335:40–50.

Bracewell, R.R., Pfrender, M.E., Mock, K.E., Bentz, B.J. 2013. Contrasting geographic patterns of genetic differentiation in body size and development time with reproductive isolation in Dendroctonus ponderosae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 106(3):385-391.

Fettig, C.J., Reid, M.L., Bentz, B.J., Sevanto, S., David L. Spittlehouse, D.L., Wang, T. 2013. Changing climates, changing forests: A Western North American perspective. J. For. 111(3):214–228.

2012 Publications

Davis, R.S., Hood, S., Bentz, B.J. 2012. Fire-injured ponderosa pine provide a pulsed resource for bark beetles. Can. J. For. Res. 42: 2022–2036.

Gillette, N.E., Hansen, E.M., Mehmel, C.J., Mori, S.R., Webster, J.N., Erbilgin, N., Wood, D.L. 2012. Area-wide application of verbenone-releasing flakes reduces mortality of whitebark pine Pinus albicaulis caused by the mountain pine beetle Dendroctonus ponderosae. Agric. Forest Entomol. 14(4):367-375.

Régnière, R., Powell, J.A., Bentz, B.J., Nealis, V.G. 2012. Effects of temperature on development, survival and reproduction of insects: Experimental design, data analysis and modeling. J. Insect Physiol. 58:634-647.

2011 Publications

Bentz, B.J., Bracewell, R.R., Mock, K.E., Michael E. Pfrender, M.E. 2011. Genetic architecture and phenotypic plasticity of thermally-regulated traits in an eruptive species, Dendroctonus ponderosae. Evol. Ecol. 25:1269-1288.

Bentz, Barbara; Campbell, Elizabeth; Gibson, Ken; Kegley, Sandra; Logan, Jesse; Six, Diana. 2011. Mountain Pine Beetle in High-Elevation Five-Needle White Pine Ecosystems. Proceedings of the High Five Symposium. 28-30 June 2010; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-63. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 78-84.

Hansen, E.M., Bentz, B.J., Powell, J.A., Gray, D.R., Vandygriff, J.C. 2011. Prepupal diapauses and instar IV developmental rates of the spruce beetle, Dendroctonus rufipennis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae). J. Insect Physiol. 57:1347–1357.

2010 Publications

Bentz, B.J., Jacques, R., Fettig, C.J., Hansen, E.M., Hayes, J.L., Hicke, J.A., Kelsey, R.G., Negrón, J.F. Seybold, S.J. 2010. Climate change and bark beetles of the Western United States and Canada: Direct and indirect effects. BioScience 60(8):602–613.

Bracewell, R.R., Pfrender, M.E., Mock, K.E., Bentz, B.J. 2010. Cryptic postzygotic isolation in an eruptive species of bark beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae).  Evolution 65(4):961-975.

Hansen, E.M., Negron, J.F., Munson, A.S., Anhold, J.A. 2010. A retrospective assessment of partial cutting to reduce spruce beetle-caused mortality in the southern Rocky Mountains. West. J. Appl. For. 25(2):81-87.



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