California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

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Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m.: Threats to oak trees, with Tom Coleman: Tom Coleman is a forest entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection in southern California. Tom received his Ph.D. in forest entomology from the University of Kentucky. While at Kentucky, he assessed the interaction of southern pine beetle outbreaks, associated management, and wildfire on forest succession in Louisiana and Texas and the impacts of prescribed fire of forest floor arthropods. Tom started a biological control program for the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid while a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Georgia. He has been with the Forest Service for seven years and has studied the biology, management, and impact of several native and non-native insects while in his current position. Tom has conducted research on the Douglas-fir tussock moth, fruittree leaf roller, goldspotted oak borer, Jeffrey pine beetle, mountain pine beetle, pinyon needle scale, polyphagous shot hole borer, and walnut twig beetle while in southern California.


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