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Kathleen Knight

Kathleen Knight

Research Ecologist
Genetics, Biological Control, and Management of Invasive Species, Sustaining Forests in a Changing Environment
359 Main Road
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: 740-368-0101

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Current Research

My current research deals with the effects of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) on forest communities. Short-term effects, such as ash (Fraxinus) decline trajectories and responses of native and exotic species, are being monitored in a network of plots across Ohio and Michigan. An ash decline transition matrix will be created from this data and will allow managers to predict yearly ash decline and mortality in forest stands. Preliminary matrices show the potential for rapid mortality. Long-term responses of forests will be modeled using the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS), which I am modifying to include invasive shrub species. FVS will also be used to examine effects of management, such as invasive shrub removal and native tree planting, in forests where ash is the dominant species


  • University of Minnesota Ph.D., Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, 2006
  • Hiram College, B.A. Biology and Music Performance, 2001

Professional Organizations

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Ohio Invasive Plants Network

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National Research Highlights

Destructive Emerald Ash Borer Pest Provides Science Learning Opportunity for Kids (2013)
This effort has led to the development of a week-long EAB curriculum that gives kids hands-on experience with the process of science while doing real research on an important current issue. It involves students in the entire scientific process by engaging them in research from developing and testing hypotheses to reporting and presenting their findings.

Woodpeckers Capitalize on an Invasive Forest Pest (2014)
Emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills ash trees, is eaten by bark-foraging birds like woodpeckers. Forest Service scientists and partners studied behavioral feeding preferences and effectiveness of woodpeckers foraging in beetle-infested forests.

Last updated on : 08-Feb-2017