Eastern Threat Center researchers work with other scientists nationally as well as with a variety of Federal, State, and local government agencies, universities, and non-governmental partners to address forest threats.

Select the titles on this page to learn more about the Eastern Threat Center's projects and collaborations related to insects. View a staff resource guide to learn more about researchers studying this topic.

New and ongoing projects:


Assessing genetic variation of forest tree species at risk

Assessing regional-scale patterns of insect and disease damage to forests

Characterizing and quantifying uncertainty in forest pest risk analyses

Decision support smartphone application for forest health in the eastern United States

Forest health monitoring, analysis, and assessment

National-scale risk mapping and modeling for invasive forest pests

Potential of MODIS forest change products for estimating percent forest mortality from mountain pine beetle outbreaks

Completed projects:

Applying population ecology to strategies for eradicating invasive forest insects

Assessing southern pine beetle effects on viewsheds of South Carolina using modeling, GIS, and 3D visualization

Assessment of disturbance impacts on U.S. forest carbon sequestration

Developing methods to detect parasitoids released for biological control of the emerald ash borer

Development ofSirexWoodwasp.jpg host preference-risk assessment maps for Eurasian woodwasp (Sirex noctilio) on southern conifer species

Development of regulatory treatments for thousand cankers disease

Early detection and mapping of the emerald ash borer

Integrating biological control and chemical suppression to save our ash resources

Landscape scale modeling of hemlock susceptibility to hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and drought stressors in New England

Nitrogen deposition and water stress: predisposing factors to southern pine beetle infestation and subsequent mortality of red spruce species, Mount Mitchell, NC

Predicting forest succession in the wake of invasive species establishment

Quantified ground survey technologies for emerald ash borer

Remote sensing for ash identification and pre-visual decline assessments

The live plant forest pest invasion pathway: economic impacts and benefits of US live plant imports


Pictured: Emerald ash borer - Photo by David Cappaert, Michigan State University,; Sirex woodwasp - Photo by David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ,

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