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Dr. Melissa Fierke Named EFB Chair

Appointment began March 1
3/4/2019

Dr. Melissa K. Fierke, associate professor, associate chair and director, Cranberry Lake Biological Station started her term as chair of the Department of Environmental and Forestry Biology on March 1.

Dr. Fierke holds a B.S. in environmental chemistry and a B.S. in environmental biology from the Arkansas Tech University. She received an M.S. in fisheries science and an M.S. in environmental science (water resources) from Oregon State University and her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Arkansas.

She has active research projects in emerald ash borer and EAB parasitoids, density of blacklegged ticks and prevalence of Lyme disease, and pollinators (in willow biomass crops as well as along powerlines).

Dr. Fierke is a member of the Entomological Society of America, serves as reviewer for Forest Ecology & Management, Journal of Insect Behavior, Environmental Entomology, Economic Entomology, Journal of Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, Canadian Entomologist, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Journal of Chemical Ecology and Oecologia.