Frank H. Koch

Frank H.  Koch
Frank H. Koch 
Name: Frank H. Koch 
Title: Research Ecologist
Unit: Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (4854)
Phone: 919-549-4006
919-549-4047 - Employee Fax


Location Information

USDA-Forest Service
Southern Research Station

Forestry Sciences Laboratory
P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
3041 E. Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709


Research Information


Duke University, Art Design / Philosophy, BA, 1993
North Carolina State University, Natural Resources, MS, 2001
North Carolina State University, Forestry, PhD, 2005

Current Research:

  • Primary research focus on quantitative and spatial analysis of forest health data, with a particular emphasis on invasive forest pests and the modeling of invasion risk at multiple spatial scales, from landscape to continental
  • Characterization and representation of uncertainty in forest pest risk maps, using both probabilistic and non-probabilistic approaches
  • Application of trade and transportation networks to estimate human-mediated invasion likelihoods for locations of interest
  • Optimal survey design and pest detection strategies
  • Analysis of short- and long-term drought patterns, including how these patterns may relate to forest pest outbreak risk

Collaborative Research:

  • U.S. science leader for collaborative research effort (under a Letter of Intent) between the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station and the Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre on invasive alien species that affect forests
  • Member of the International Pest Risk Mapping Workgroup (IPRMW), a collection of government and university scientists . from Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere . focused on improving pest risk modeling and mapping processes through innovative research
  • Member of .pathways risk analysis. group . including scientists from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and elsewhere . tasked with identifying key human-mediated introduction pathways for high-priority agricultural and forest pests
  • Collaborator with the USDA-FS Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team on various projects

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