University of Vermont

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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, serious games, experimental gaming, animal biosecurity, climate change, population modeling, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), social-ecological systems, Monte Carlo simulations, systems ecology, and spatiotemporal modeling.

I examine population dynamics within pest-crop agroecosystems including the potential effects of climate change. Additionally, I create experimental games to quantify the decision making processes in various environmental arenas. To address these systems, I synthesize information derived from field data, experimental gaming data using a variety of quantitative techniques including data simulation, population modeling, spatiotemporal forecast modeling and landscape ecology. An important goal of my work is the creation of applicable and predictive models to reduce the negative impacts on ecosystems. For example, I develop models that help inform Integrated Pest Management systems, reduce the spread of disease in our hoofstock industries, and improve water quality in the Lake Champlain watershed.

Contact Information
Email: Scott.C.Merrill@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-0711
Office Hours: 217 Jeffords, by appointment
Website: http://www.uvm.edu/~scmerril/

Recent Publications:

Merrill, S. C. and F. B. Peairs (2017) Temperature variability is a key component to accurately forecast the effects of climate change on pest phenology. Pest Management Sciences. 73 (2) 380-388. DOI: 10.1002/ps.4320

Schattman, R., Mendez, V. E., Merrill, S. C. and Zia, A. (2017) A mixed methods approach to understanding farmer and technical service provider perceptions of climate change and adaptation in Vermont, United States. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2017.1357667  

Merrill, S. C., T. O. Holtzer, F. B. Peairs, and P. J. Lester (2015) Validating spatiotemporal predictions of an important pest of small grains. Pest Management Science. 71 (1):  131–138. DOI 10.1002/ps.3778.

Merrill, S. C., T. O. Holtzer, F. B. Peairs, and P. J. Lester (2015) Validating spatiotemporal predictions of an important pest of small grains. Pest Management Science. 71 (1): 131–138. DOI 10.1002/ps.3778.

Merrill, S. C., F. B. Peairs, T. L. Randolph, G. J. Michels Jr. and C. B. Walker (2014) Examining the competitive advantage of Diuraphis noxia (Hemiptera: Aphididae) biotype 2 over biotype 1. Journal of Economic Entomology 107 (4): 1471-1475.

 

 

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