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Chris Fettig

Research Entomologist
Ecosystem Function and Health Program
1731 Research Park Dr.
Davis, CA 95618-6132
United States
Current Research

My personal research program has three major emphases: (1) determination of short and long-term implications to forest health of prescribed fire and/or mechanical fuel treatments (silvicultural thinning) used in the large-scale restoration of fire-adapted forest ecosystems, (2) development of chemical, silvicultural and semiochemical-based monitoring and management tactics for Dendroctonus and Ips bark beetles, and (3) determination of the role of semiochemicals in the behavior of bark beetle species of economic importance.

Research Interest
In the future, I plan to continue developing knowledge and tools that allow managers to better care for forest resources.
  • The University of Georgia, Ph.D., Forest Entomology, 1999
  • Virginia Tech University, M.S., Forest Entomology, 1996
  • Virginia Tech University, B.S., Forest Management, 1993
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  Association for Fire Ecology,  Current
  • Member,  California Forest Pest Council,  Current
  • Member,  Entomological Society of America,  Current
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Observed and Anticipated Impacts of Drought on Forest Insects and Diseases

Year: 2016
Changes to Earth’s climate are projected to include increases in temperature and changes in precipitation patterns that will increase the frequency and severity of droughts, particularly in the western U.S. Forest Service researchers define the impacts of drought on forest insects and diseases in th...

Levels of delayed tree mortality following early and late season burns in ponderosa and Jeffrey pine forests

Year: 2011
Historically, wildfires occurred most frequently in the late summer and early fall in ponderosa and Jeffrey pine forests. Accordingly, late season prescribed burns have been favored, but now face substantial restrictions due to air quality concerns. Forest managers are increasingly conducting burn...