United States Department of Agriculture
My research focuses on the DNA-based diagnostics and characterization of endemic, invasive, and emerging forest pathogens, using genetic tools to develop novel approaches for managing forest disease, and assessing future threats posed by forest pathogens under climate change.
I have conducted research on pathogen and host genetics of several forest diseases, including Armillaria root disease, white pine blister rust, Fusarium root rot, and Korean oak wilt.
Forest diseases caused by endemic and invasive pathogens are a great threat to growth, sustainability, and resilience of diverse forest ecosystems in the USA and other global regions. Information about the disease diagnostics, genetic structure of pathogen populations, migratory routes, and sources of introductions is needed for managing and mitigating impacts of disease. The science-based information generated from this research will provide recommendations and guidelines to policy makers, resources managers, and the public to help their decision-making processes, with the general goal of promoting healthy forests.
Bioclimatic models estimate areas with suitable climate for Armillaria spp. in Wyoming
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