Area Extension Specialist
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Area(s) of Expertise
Mountain Conifer Integrated Pest Management
B.S. University of Illinois (1981)
M.S. North Carolina State University (1984)
Ph.D. North Carolina State University (1988)
Extension (100%): Mountain Conifer Integrated Pest Management
- Providing support to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents with responsibilities for mountain conifers, primarily Christmas trees.
- Developing scouting techniques and economic thresholds for insects, mites, and diseases of Christmas trees and commercially grown ornamental conifers.
- Determining least-toxic pesticides and lowest rates for pest control.
- Increasing the awareness of the benefits of IPM and facilitating its implementation by identifying and responding to clientele needs, and developing education programs and materials.
- Assessing the adoption and impact of IPM to producers of mountain conifers.
- Work towards overall reduction of insecticide use among Christmas tree growers.
- Teach Spanish-speaking farmworkers to scout for pests in Christmas trees and increase safety when applying pesticides.
- Determine the extent of elongate hemlock scale on Fraser fir Christmas Trees and develop control measures.
- Investigate methods of grub control in nursery beds and in Christmas Tree fields.
- Evaluate control of Botrytis shoot blight in seedlings.
- Aid county extension agents in answering their questions about hemlock woolly adelgid.
- Overview of immigrant worker occupational health and safety for the agriculture, forestry, and fishing (AgFF) sector in the Southeastern United States (2013)
- Occupational health policy and immigrant workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector (2013)
- Control of Phytophthora root rot in field plantings of Fraser fir-with fosetyl-al and mefenoxam (2006)
- Impacts of balsam woolly adelgid on the Southern Appalachian spruce-fir ecosystem and the North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry (2005)
- Resistance in fir species to Phytophthora root rot (1998)