Molly Darr

Post-Doctoral Associate
Forest Health & Invasive Species
Forestry and Wildlife Resources Program Team, Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: Remote
Phone: 703-431-9579


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Forest Entomology
Virginia Tech 2017

B.Sc. Wildlife Science
Virginia Tech 2009


I joined the Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson in 2018 as a post-doctoral associate in Dr. David Coyle's Forest Health & Invasive Species Extension lab. I direct and maintain the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Program, a regional forest health program which serves as a consistent source of forest health information for natural resource professionals throughout the southeastern U.S. region. Previously, I worked as a tree fruit entomologist in Wenatchee, WA, where I provided expertise in entomology, pathology, tree health and management in an orchard setting. I am a recent Virginia Tech graduate, where I received my Ph.D. in Forest Entomology.

 Research Interests

My research interests include forest ecology with an emphasis on the relationships among invasive insects, diseases and their associated hosts. I specialize in forest and tree health and management, with a concentration in integrated pest management techniques.

 Extension and Outreach

I direct and maintain of the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species program, which provides forest and tree health information for landowners and professionals in South Carolina and throughout the southeastern U.S. I work closely with the Forestry and Natural Resources, Horticulture, and other Clemson Extension teams to deliver this material. I also co-founded the Women Owning Woodlands – South Carolina chapter with Janet Steele (Clemson Extension) to address the needs of educating female forest owners and supporting women in forest leadership roles.


Darr, M.N. and D. Coyle. 2021. Fall cankerworm (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), a native defoliator of broadleaved trees and shrubs in North America. Journal of Integrated Pest Management.12(1), 23:

Darr, M.N., J. Hulcr, J. Smith, W. Hubbard, and D. Coyle. 2020. Forest Health Diagnostics Facebook Page: Impact and Natural Resources Programing Implications. Journal of Extension.58(3).

Darr, M.N., R.K. Brooks, N.P. Havill, E.R. Hoebeke and S.M. Salom. 2018. Phenology and Synchrony of Scymnus coniferarum (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) with Multiple Adelgid Species in the Puget Sound, WA, USA. Forests. 9(9):558. DOI: 10.3390/f9090558. First published online: 11 September 2018.

Darr, M.N., S.M. Salom, R.K. Brooks, R.G. Foottit, G.L. Miller and N.P. Havill. 2018. First report of Pineus strobi (Hartig, 1839) (Hemiptera: Adelgidae) in western North America. Pan-Pacific Entomologist. 94(1):40-42. DOI: First published online: 30 March 2018.

Darr, M.N., T.J. McAvoy, C.C. Brewster, S.M. Salom. 2016. Field-cage evaluation of the survival, reproduction and feeding behavior of adult Scymnus coniferarum, a predator of Adelges tsugae (Homoptera: Adelgidae). J. Environmental Entomology. DOI: nvw124. First published online: 17 September 2016


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