Forest ThreatNet

Volume 10, Issue 4 - September/October 2016

Center Scientist Reflects on How a Research Environment Shapes Science and Life

copy_of_Frank_Koch.jpgScientists today work in a variety of research environments, each presenting unique benefits as well as challenges. Eastern Threat Center research ecologist Frank Koch (pictured) typically spends his working day in an office where he models and evaluates risks associated with invasive species, a research environment that offers no shortage of collaboration opportunities.* For the second in a series of articles providing insight into the lives of scientists, Entomology Today interviewed Koch and three others who work in the field, laboratory, and classroom to gain insight into their development as specialists--in both subject matter and their chosen research environment. Read the article...

IPRRG_2016_best_presentation_medal.jpg*One of these opportunities has been a long-time collaboration with the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station. A presentation about their work to evaluate the success of invasive pest eradication efforts relative to costs received a medal (pictured) and honors for "Best Presentation" at the International Pest Risk Research Group (IPRRG) 10th Annual Meeting, recently held in Parma, Italy, and attended by scientists from 13 countries. CFS scientist Denys Yemshanov delivered the award-winning presentation. Koch, who serves as the IPRRG Communications Officer, participated in the meeting virtually from his office in Research Triangle Park, NC.

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