College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Scott C. Merrill

Scott C. Merrill

Scott C. Merrill, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor

  • Ph. D., Ecology, Colorado State University, 2007
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Oregon, 1994
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Oregon, 1994
  • C.V. (PDF)
Areas of Expertise
Landscape ecology, climate change, population modeling, plant-insect interactions, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), biological control, precision agriculture, movement analysis and dispersal, systems ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and spatial modeling.

I examine dynamics of change within pest-crop agroecosystems and study the effects of climate change on agroecosystems. To address these issues, I use a variety of techniques in population modeling, spatiotemporal forecast modeling and landscape ecology. An important goal of my work is the creation of applicable and predictive models to inform Integrated Pest Management systems.

Contact Information
Email: Scott.C.Merrill@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-0711

Office Hours: by appointment

Website: http://www.uvm.edu/~scmerril/

Recent Publications:

Pucherelli, S. F., F. B. Peairs, S. C. Merrill, and T. L. Randolph (2012)
Russian Wheat Aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) Reproduction and Development on
Five Noncultivated Grass Hosts. Arthropod-Plant Interactions: 6(1): 67-73

Merrill, S. C., Walter, S., F. B. Peairs, and J. A. Hoeting (2011) Spatial
variability of Western bean cutworm populations in irrigated corn.
Environmental Entomology. 40(3):654-660

Merrill, S. C., A. Gebre-Amlak, J. S. Armstrong, and F. B. Peairs (2010)
Degree day prediction models for Sunflower stem weevil (Curculionidae:
Coleoptera) development and adult emergence. Pages 9-11 in A. Gebre-Amlak,
D. A. Kaan, and J. Deering, editors. Colorado State University Golden Plains
Area 2010 Agricultural Handbook. Cooperative Extension, Colorado State
University Fort Collins, CO.

Merrill, S. C., A. Gebre-Amlak, J. S. Armstrong, and F. B. Peairs (2010)
Nonlinear Degree-Day Models of the Sunflower Stem Weevil (Coleoptera:
Curculionidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 103(2): 303-307

Merrill, S. C., T. O. Holtzer, F. B. Peairs, and P. J. Lester (2009)
Modeling Spatial Variation of Russian Wheat Aphid Overwintering Population
Densities in Colorado Winter Wheat. Journal of Economic Entomology 102(2):

Recent oral presentations and podcasts
Merrill, S. C. (2012) Predicting the effects of climate change on
agricultural pest incidence: How secure is our food supply? Invited seminar
for the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Seminar series. University of
Idaho. March 2012. Moscow, ID

Merrill, S. C. (2011) A Series of Surprises: Modelling the Pest
Agroecosystem Landscape. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organization (CSIRO) Brisbane. June 2011. Brisbane, Australia

Merrill, S. C. (2011) Revisiting our assumptions about the pest
agroecosystem landscape. NCEAS (National Center for Ecological Analysis and
Synthesis) Ecolunch Seminar Series. June 2011. Santa Barbara, CA

Merrill, S. C. (2011) Could Organic Farming Threaten Our Food Supply? Host:
Ranganathan, J. on Curiouser and Curiouser. Miller-McCune.



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