University of Vermont

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
Phone: (802) 656-0711
Office Hours: 217 Jeffords, by appointment

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): 533-541

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.