Insects & Woody Plants

img_2523Trees and shrubs in urban landscapes provide many services for people and the environment. Research and Extension efforts in my lab also focus on insect ecology and arboriculture in urban environments.

We are particularly interested in how features of urban landscapes like heat, drought, and surrounding vegetation affect urban trees and the insects that live and feed on them. Our ultimate goal is to develop more sustainable strategies for urban tree selection and insect pest management.


Related extension publications:

An IPM framework for sustainable urban tree planting and landscape design [PDF]

The ‘Pace to Plant’ technique [PDF]

Related research publications:

Dale, A. G., Youngsteadt, E., Frank, S. D. 2016. Forecasting the effects of heat and pests on urban trees: Impervious surface thresholds and the ‘Pace to Plant’ technique. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 42(3) 181-191. [PDF]

Dale, A. G., Frank, S. D. 2014. The effects of urban warming on herbivore abundance and street tree condition. PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102996. [PDF]

Dale, A. G., Frank, S. D. 2014. Urban warming trumps natural enemy regulation of herbivorous pests. Ecological Applications [PDF]