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

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

Dr. Scott Merrill is a Research Assistant Professor in the Plant and Soil Science Department and Managing Director of the SEGS lab. He is a Systems Ecologist with research spanning a wide range of both natural ecosystems and social-ecological systems. Projects include examining dynamics of change within pest-crop agroecosystems including aspects of climate change, examining ways to nudge human behavior to help protect the health of our livestock herds, and looking at factors motivating behavior that affects water quality in the Lake Champlain watershed. In the SEGS lab, he uses experimental gaming as a novel technique for collecting data to examine decision making in social-ecological systems. An important goal of this work is the creation of applicable and predictive models to inform best management practices.

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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