University of Vermont

Kimberly Wallin

Kimberly Wallin

Research Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Phone: 802-656-2517
Office: 312H Aiken Center

Areas of Interest

Forestry, tree resistance, insect behavior, biocontrol, climate change, biodiversity, non-native invasive species

My broad experiences in forestry, ecology, genetics and entomology inspire me to conduct research, in collaboration with other scientists and stakeholders, which explore the complex interactions that define forest ecosystems. I focus on questions related to the patterns and functions of forests in response to human-induced changes in climate, land use, and the introduction of non-native invasive terrestrial organisms. Recently, I’ve integrated environmental sociology and ecological economics into my research approach to explore the human-dimensions of management decisions and land-use change.

I teach three undergraduate courses each spring. Forest Ecosystem Health is a senior level course for forestry, wildlife biology, and environmental science undergraduates. I engage students in "real life" environment issues by offering the course within the service-learning framework. The class partners with The State of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and USDA APHIS. The second course is a service-learning course entitled: Ecology and Arts of Arid Ecosystems. The class is available to student’s campus-wide. The course ends with a field practicum in Arad, Israel. The third course is Invasion Ecology and Management. This course is also available to student’s campus wide.

Instructional Programs

Natural Resources


University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD Forest Entomology, minor Genetics 2002
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS Forest Entomology 1996
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, BS Urban Forestry, minor History of Science 1994

Five from 35 Refereed Publications:

Comerford, D.P., Schaberg, P.G., Templer, P.H., Socci, A.M., Campbell, J.L., and Wallin. K.F. 2012. Influence of experimental snow removal on root and canopy physiology of sugar maple trees in a northern hardwood forest. Oecologia 171: 261-269.

Raffa, K.F., Aukema, B., Bentz, B.J., Carroll, A., Erbilgin, N., Herms, D., Hicke, J., Hofstetter, R., Katovich, S., Lindgren, S., Logan, J., Mattson, W., Munson, S., Robison, D., Six, D., Tobin, P., Townsend, P., and Wallin, K.F. 2009. A Literal Use of Forest Health Safeguards Against Misuses and Misapplications. Journal of Forestry 107:265-267.

Yanchuk, A., Murphy, J. and Wallin, K.F. 2007. Evaluation of genetic variation of attack and resistance in lodgepole pine to mountain pine beetle. Tree Genetics and Genomics Tree Genetics and Genomics 12: 101-124.

Wallin, K.F. and Raffa, K.F. 2004. Density-dependent effects on host acceptance behavior: Implications on intraspecific diet breadth. Ecological Monographs 74:101-116.

Wallin, K.F. and K.F. Raffa. 2001. Host - mediated interactions among feeding guilds: Incorporation of temporal patterns can integrate plant defense theories to predict community level processes. Ecology 82:1387-1400.