Aaron S. Weed


Research Expertise

Insect Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Invasion Ecology, Biological Control, Population Modeling, and Climate Change

Research Interests

I am interested in the processes (ecological, biological, and abiotic) that affect the distribution and abundance of populations in space and time and I use a combination of field surveying, experimentation, and modeling in my research. I typically evaluate spatio-temporal patterns of populations in the context of biological control of insects and plants and have done so in a variety of ecosystem types (forest, rangeland, old field). I am particularly interested in the role that climate and landscape variables play in population dynamics across space. Read more about my research interests here and about recent projects here.

My main research goal is to improve our basic understanding of cross-scale drivers of populations that are consequential to natural resource management (e.g., forest insects, invasive insects and plants).

Recent Research Projects

Population Ecology

  1. - Forest insect population dynamics

  2. Climate effects on forest pests

  3. Winter cold and mountain pine beetle outbreaks

  4. Geographic variation of bark beetle-clerid dynamics in the southeastern US

  5. Adelgid population dynamics

Past research projects

Invasion ecology and biological control

  1. - Linaria dalmatica biological control

  1. - Biological control of Vincetoxicum spp. (swallow-worts)

Contact Information


National Park Service

Inventory and Monitoring Program

Mid-Atlantic Network

120 Chatham Ln

Fredericksburg, VA 22408

E-Mail: aaron_weed@nps.gov

Website: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~asweed/

Phone: 571.279.5824


Ph.D. Environ. Science, Univ. of Rhode Island (2010)

M.S. Entomology, University of Florida (2003)

B.S. Biology, University of Maine (2001)

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