Research Associate Professor

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.

Publications

Selected Refereed Publications:

  • Perry KI, Wallin KF, Wenzel LW and Herms DA. 2018. Forest disturbance and arthropods: Canopy and understory disturbance interact to affect movement of ground-dwelling arthropods. Ecosphere.
  • Perry KI, Wallin KF, Wenzel LW and Herms DA. 2018. Forest disturbance and arthropods: Small-scale canopy gaps drive ground-dwelling invertebrate community structure and composition. Ecosphere. 9(10):e02463. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.2463
  • *Orantes L, Monroy C, Dorn PL, Hanley JP, Richards B, Stevens L, Rizzo DM, Morrissey L, Wallin KF and Helms Cahan S. 2018. Uncovering vector, parasite, blood meal and microbiome patterns from mixed-DNA specimens of the Chagas Disease vector Triatoma dimidiate. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  (PNTD-D-17-00289R2) - [EMID:e539bd79a4e60328]
  • *Golivets M and Wallin KF. 2018. Neighbor tolerance, not suppression provides competitive advantage to non-native plants. Ecology Letters.
  • *Motley K, Havill NP, Arsenault-Benoit A, Gaimari S, Mayfield AE, Ross DW, Whitmore MC and Wallin KF. 2017. Feeding by Leucopis argenticollis and Leucopis piniperda (Diptera: Chamaemyiidae) from the western USA on Adelges tsugae (Hemiptera: Adelgidae) in the eastern USA. Bulletin of Entomological Research 107:699-706.
  • Ross DW, Kohler G and Wallin KW. 2017. Predators collected from balsam woolly adelgid and Cooley spruce gall adelgid in western Oregon and Washington with reference to biological control of hemlock woolly adelgid. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 93:56-60.

*Graduate student

Kimberly Wallin

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Forestry, Natural Resources
Research: Forest ecosystem health, tree resistance, entomology, insect behavior, biocontrol, invasive species, biodiversity, climate change, terrestrial food webs

Education

  • 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

Contact

Phone:
  • 802 656-2517
Office Location:

313A Aiken Center

Website(s):
  1. Kimberly Wallin