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R. Talbot Trotter, III

Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems
Research Ecologist
51 Mill Pond Road
Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: 203-230-4312
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Current Research

Current research is focused on three inter-related areas, which can be generally described as:

1) The biology, phenology, and distribution of invasive forest insects and their biological controls.

2) The direct impacts of invasive insects on hosts, and indirect effects on associated ecological communities.

3) Linking points 1 and 2, and scaling/modeling these interactions across larger spatial and temporal scales.

 Currently, the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) and the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) provide excellen model systems for evaluating the ecological processes associated with the arrival, growth, and impact of invasive forest insects.  Using the hemlock woolly adelgid for example, four questions are being investigated.

        A) How many, and which species are associated with eastern hemlock in the eastern United States?  How many of these species are dependant on hemlock, and how does the removal of hemlock (or the degradation of hemlock condition) alter the capacity and suitability of this forest resource?

        B) How does the use of systemic insecticides such as imidacloprid, which is used to control the hemlock woolly adelgid, impact the non-target community of arthropods on easter hemlock?  How do these impacts evolve through time relative to the temporal impacts of insecticides on the target species?

        C) How does the genetic composition of the host hemlock relate to the associated arthropod community?  Can hybrid hemlocks be used as ecological surrogates for the biodiversity associated with eastern hemlock in the eastern United States?

        D) How do adelgid population dynamics respond to landscape heterogenaity, and does this heterogenaity interact with the use of biological controls and bio-pesisticides used to control the hemlock woolly adelgid?

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Last updated on : 08/06/2014