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Welcome to FORS 4240: Pest Management
~ Integrated Forest Health ~

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Image: Roundheaded pine beetle attack on ponderosa pine in southwestern, Colorado. Roundheaded pine beetles are the smallest pine beetles and are unique in that they have fall, instead of spring, flights. These beetles are uncommon north of Mexico but recent attacks have compounded activity from the mountain pine beetle and are creating intersting pockets of mortality in previous plantations. 

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This course is taught for credit at New Mexico Highlands University within the department of forestry! Please enjoy the materials if your are not a student in the class, and consider enrolling if you are interested in furthering your career in forestry. 

Welcome to FORS 4240 – Pest Management. Pest management in wildland forests can be considered integrated forest health, and this is how we will frame this course. 

This course will cover topics ranging from forest health to taxonomy of common forest pathogens and biotic disturbance agents in Northern New Mexico. We will explore relevant case studies locally and globally to learn about forest health topics. 

This website contains links to recorded lectures, readings, and assignments for the class. If you are enrolled in this class at New Mexico Highlands University please refer to your course page and the posted syllabus for due dates and deadlines.

Syllabus:
The paper syllabus with complete campus resources is available here ~

Course Information

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Lecture Meeting Time:

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Course Instructor: 

Office Location: 

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Zoom Information: 

FORS 4240

Wildland Pest Management

Monday, Wednesday

1:00-1:50pm

IHS 271A

505-454-3320

IHS 135

Michael Remke

CourseInfo

Lab Meeting Time:

Thursday

8:00-9:50am

Teaching Assistant: 

Lab Meeting Place:

IHS 361A

Zoom Room; Password: Pests

Student Hours:

Monday: 10:00am-12:00pm coffee hour

Tuesday: 2:00pm-4:00pm seltzer hour

Wednesday: 11:00am-1:00pm lunch hour

Student hours are times when my office is open for drop in conversation regartding course work or anything else forestry, tree, ecology,  or life related. These times can be accessed via the Zoom link here

Zoom office hours : Zoom Room

Books and Readings:

While no books are required for this class; the textbooks photographed to the right of this text inspire material for lecture and selected readings from these books are provided as .pdfs.

 

I highly encourage students to consider these books for their own personal forestry library.

In addition many selected peer-reviewed books are provided in the readings and assignments section.

IMPORTANT: In addition, the Field Guide to Disease & Insects is required but is available for free as a pdf here. Please consider having the pdf available in class or purchase the book. This book will be useful for assignments and exams.

 

This course will feature many peer-reviewed papers as required reading. These readings will be posted to Brightspace and will be foundational for discussions and in-class activities in lectures. 

If the listed student hour times do not align with your schedule and needs, please use the below QR code to schedule an alternative meeting time. Please be flexible with this tool as my schedule may not allow the time you choose. 

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To submit an anonymous question or comment, use the QR code below - I will respond to questions and commets to the whole class

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Learning Goals:

1. Mastery of content knowledge
2. Critical and reflective thinking skills
3. Ability to communicate effectively
4. Ability to use technology

1. Understand interdisciplinarity of foresty
2. Critically think about how to sustain ecosystems for multiple objectives
3. Understand the values offered by participants, landowners, communities, society, and the ecosphere
4. Demonstrate an understanding of both scientific and traditional ecological knowledge systems
5. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavoirs and be able to critically think regrading ethics from diverse viewpoints
6. Understand the value of diverse people, perspectives, and practives

This course will focus on the understanding of common forest pathogens and insects and how to consider them in an integrated forest health lens. 

NMHU Learning Goals:

Society of American Foresters Learning Goals:

Course Learning Objectives: 

Learig Goals

Knowledge: 

Skills:

1. Ecology of forest organisms and their interaction with common pathogenic agents

2. Understanding of climate interactions with disturbance agents

3. Awareness of taxonomy of biotic disturbance agents

4. Available resources with pest experts

1. Identify common fungi, insects, and other pathogenic agents using keys and other tools

2. Be able to model and interpret patterns of mortality

3. Recognize signs and symptoms of forest health agents

4. Independent research and critical thinking





 

Readings and Assignments:

Readins
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All readings are due the day they are listed. All worksheets from class are due at the beginning of the next class - so if a worksheet is posted for Monday, it is due on Wednesday. 

All lab worksheets are due at the start of the next lab. 

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Readings and Assignments Due In Class

Week1-4

Week 
One

Monday

1/15

No Class

No Class

Wednesday

1/17

Introduction and overview

No Reading

Thursday

1/18

Lab: Overview and Introduction

No Assignment

Week 
Two

Monday

1/22

Mortality and Health

No Reading

Wednesday

1/24

Mortality and Health

No Reading

Worksheet - Due 1/29

Thursday

1/25

Lab:
Modeling Mortality

Modeling Mortality assignmentdue 2/8 at start of lab

~ Chi-square table

Monday

1/29

Regulators and Terminators

No Reading

Week 
Three

Wednesday

1/31

Regulators and Terminators

Hot drought terminators -
Hammond et al. 2023

Thursday

2/1

Case Study:
Alaska White Spruce

~ optional practice material

Worksheet - Due 2/5

Monday

2/5

Population Dynamics

Optional Reading - 
Bottom-up regulation, viva la resistance
Johsnon and Sniezko 2021

Week Four

Wednesday

2/7

Alien Invasions

Optional Reading - 
Top-down regulation of invadors-
Crandall et al. 2022

Thursday

2/8

Campus Tree ID

Lab with graphs from week 2 due
Tree ID worksheet due at and of lab

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Readings and Assignments Due In Class

week 5-9

Monday

2/12

Insects

Week Five

Wednesday

2/14

Bark Beetle and Management

Thursday

2/8

Insects

Insect ID worksheet

Monday

2/19

Spruce Bud Worm

Week Six

Wednesday

2/20

Other Insects

Thursday

2/21

Symptoms

Symptoms

Monday

2/26

Fungi
 

Week Seven

Wednesday

2/28

Stem Rot and Rust

Thursday

2/29

Fungi!

Fungi ID worksheet

Monday

3/4

Root Disease

Rust

 

Week Eight

Wednesday

3/6

Review

Work on Exam

Thursday

3/7

Mid Term Exam

Take Home Exam due by 5 pm

Monday

3/11

NO CLASS
 

SPRING BREAK

Week Nine

Wednesday

3/13

NO CLASS

SPRING BREAK

Thursday

3/14

NO CLASS

SPRING BREAK

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Readings and Assignments Due In Class

Weeks 10-14

Monday

3/18

Assign Projects
 

Week Ten

Wednesday

3/20

Abiotic Factors

Thursday

3/21

Signs and Symptoms

World College Field Trip

Monday

3/25

Mistletoe

Week 11

Wednesday

3/26

Mistletoe

Thursday

3/27

Mistletoes and Plants

Mistletoe ID and infection rate worksheet

Monday

4/1

Biodiversity and conservation

Week 12

Wednesday

4/3

Wildlife Conservation

Thursday

4/4

Field Trip

Location TBD - Disease fun!

Monday

4/8

Silv and Management

Week 13

Wednesday

4/10

Silv and Management

Thursday

4/11

Celebration of
Knowledge

Lab Practical Exam 2

Week

Day

Date

Topic

Readings and Assignments Due In Class

Weeks 14-Finals

Thursday

4/18

Work on Projects

Work on Projects

Monday

Week 14

Wednesday

4/15

4/17

Looking to the future

Projects

Class time to work on projects

Advanced reproduction as a key co-morbidity -
Vikers et al. 2023

Monday

4/22

Case Study: 
SBW in Colorado

No Reading

Week 15

Wednesday

4/26

Work on Projects

Work on Projects

Thursday

4/25

Project Presentations

Project Presentations

Monday

4/29

Course Summary

No Reading

Week 16

Wednesday

5/1

Wrap up activity

No Reading
Final Paper Due

Thursday

5/2

Project Presentations

Project Presentations

FINALS

Monday

5/6

Final Exam
@ 7:30 - 10:30

Final Exam

Class Format

Lecture

The lecture will emphasize material content from readings and focus on concepts, theories, and principles of forest health.  The lecture will be interactive, and participation is mandatory (see grades)

 

In person attendance during lecture is required if you are in Las Vegas. 

 

Attendance via Zoom is acceptable if: you provide advance communication of a need to attend remotely OR you live somewhere besides Las Vegas

Reading Discussion

Lab will focus on taxonomy of common disturbance agents and will consist of learning how to identify and recognize these organisms. A short portion of Lab will have lectures; labs will be interactive and consist of a combination of taxonomy, excel (or R), and field based activities. 

 

Attendance for lab is required to be in person with no option to attend via Zoom. 

 

The Teaching Assistant, Dhanu, will be the primary lab instructor and will be available to answer questions, but of course, I will also be present to support and answer questions. 

Reconstructing Historical Outbreaks- 
Nergrón et al. 2020

Optional Reading -
Recovery but different-
Rodman et al. 2022

Warming and tree mortality-
Robbins et al. 2022

 

Optional Reading
Compounding effects of agents-
Dudney et al. 2020

Optional Reading
Local Responses and Systemic Resistance-
Dreischoff et al. 2020

Optional Reading
Old growth forests and fungi - 
Majdanová et al. 2023

Southwestern North American megadrought
Williams et al. 2022

Fire and insect interactions - 
Fettig et al. 2022

Resistance to drought and bark beetle-
Bernal et al. 2023

Fungal endophyte inoculation? -
Bullington et al. 2018

Bark Beetles and bee diversity-
Davis et al. 2020

Additional Readings

Assign final project
Mistletoe and Seed Dispersal 
van Ommeren and Whittman 2022

Types of monitoring and types of questions - 
Hutto and Belote 2013

Optional Reading
Stand structure and root disease
- Flores et al. 2023

Landscape disturbance and Lynx-
Squires et al. 2020

Grading: 

Gradig

This class will be graded based on the following categories: participation, examination, lab, and final project. These categories are outlined in terms of there total points towards your final grade below. 

Category

Points

Participation

350

Percent of total

30

Examination

300

26

Lab

300

Final Project

200

Total:

1,150

26

18

100

Description

10 points / lecture = 320 + 30 points overall grade and professionalism 

3 exams @ 100 points per exam (including final)

Lab activities 

Final paper and self assessment

Grades are reported to the university using the standard grading scale outlined below based on the percentage of your total grade. Please consider the rubric categories as opportunities for growth rather than focusing on your grade alone. Since your participation grade is a daily grade, you always have the opportunity to improve in the next class. 

Grade

Percent Range

A

>90%

Rubric Category

Excelling (4)

B

80-89%

C

70-79%

D

60-69%

F

<60%

Sufficient (3)

Developing (2)

Needs Improvement (1)

Absent

Late assignments:

Attendance:

Assignments will be posted to BrightSpace and will always be due at the beginning of the class period for which their due date is listed.

 

Late assignments will result in a 10% grade deduction for every day they are late.

 

Professional settings mandate proactive communication for missing deadlines, so this late assignment penalty can be waived with reasonable proactive communication.

If you nees help learning how to talk with your professor, remember we are humans with our own humaness and flaws, but also see these:

How to communicate with your professor

How to email your professor

Attendance is mandatory. If you live in Las Vegas and are not ill, then I expect you to attend in person. If you live outside of the Las Vegas area, are ill, or have an extraneous circumstance, attending via Zoom is acceptable. Discussions will be much more meaningful in person, and I will do my best to make Zoom and equally inclusive learning experience.