Forest Health & Invasive Species
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department
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, and began working in the regional forest health program as a post-doctoral associate in Dr. David Coyle's Forest Health & Invasive Species Extension lab. As a program contributor, I will be coordinating the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species program, which provides education and training to forestry professionals across the southeastern U.S. 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.
My research interests include forest ecology with an emphasis on the relationships among invasive insects, diseases and their associated hosts. I specialize in integrated pest management techniques, with a concentration in biological control. Above all, I am interested in community science and public outreach.
Extension and Outreach
Development and maintenance of the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species program with the aim of educating people about forest health, invasive species & forest management.
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: https://doi.org/10.3956/2018-94.1.40. 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvw124 nvw124. First published online: 17 September 2016
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