James T. (JT) Vogt

Photo of JT Vogt Project Leader / Supervisory Biological Scientist
Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants (RWU 4552)
USDA Forest Service
jtvogt@fs.fed.us

Education

  • Auburn University, Ph.D. Entomology, 1999
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.S. Entomology, 1993
  • Tusculum College, Greenville, TN B.S. Biology, 1990

Professional Experience

  • Supervisory Biological Scientist (Project Leader), USDA FS (SRS), Athens, GA (2017-Present)
  • Supervisory Biological Scientist (Deputy Program Manager), USDA FS (SRS, Forest Inventory and Analysis), Athens, GA (2011-2017)
  • Technical and Quality Control Director, Black Pest Prevention, Inc., Charlotte, NC (2009-2010)
  • Research Entomologist, USDA ARS (MSA Biological Control of Pests Research Unit), Stoneville, MS (2002-2009)
  • Research Entomologist, USDA ARS (MSA Biological Control and Mass Rearing Research Unit), Starkville, MS (2001-2002)
  • Fire Ant Research and Education Specialist, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (1999-2001)

Research Interests

Beginning with my dissertation research at Auburn University and ending with my departure from Agricultural Research Service in 2009 the majority of my research involved red and black imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta Buren & S. Richteri Forel, respectively), and their hybrid. My research has ranged from applied chemical control and non-target effects of bait products to remote sensing and automated detection to quantify ant mounds over large areas. I have worked in the areas of insect rearing and classical biological control. I have an interest in foraging ecology of imported fire ants and other ants as well as trophic interactions among ants and other arthropods in various production systems. You can find a full list of my publications below.

Current Research

  1. I am interested in more fully utilizing Forest Inventory and Analysis data to answer questions about pest insects and diseases and their effects on tree growth and mortality at varying scales.

    Roesch, F.A., T.A. Schroeder, and J.T. Vogt. 2017. Effects of cycle length and plot density on estimators for a national-scale forest monitoring sample design. Forests 2017, 8, 325; doi:10.3390/f8090325.

    Vogt, J.T., F.A. Roesch, and M.J. Brown. 2016. Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) and hemlock (Tsuga sp.) in western North Carolina: What do the Forest Inventory and Analysis data tell us? Southeastern Naturalist 15: 631-645.

    Vogt, J.T. and F.H. Koch. 2015. The evolving role of Forest Inventory and Analysis data in invasive insect research. American Entomologist 62: 46-58.
  2. Ecology of plant invasions, specifically the effects of invasive plants on arthropods in forest ecosystems but also applied control of invasive plants and restoration of areas following their removal.
  3. Foraging dynamics and dietary habits of ants in the forest canopy in the southeastern U.S.

Publications

  • Brown, M.J., J. Nowak, and J.T. Vogt. 2017. Florida’s forests, 2013. Resour. Bull. SRS-213. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 112 p.
  • Roesch, F.A., T.A. Schroeder, and J.T. Vogt. 2017. Effects of cycle length and plot density on estimators for a national-scale forest monitoring sample design. Forests 2017, 8, 325; doi:10.3390/f8090325.
  • Brandeis, T.J., J.M. McCollum, A.J. Hartsell, C. Brandeis, A.K. Rose, S.N. Oswalt, J.T. Vogt, and H. Marcano-Vega. 2016. Georgia’s Forests, 2014. Resour. Bull. SRS-209. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 78 p.
  • Vogt, J.T., F.A. Roesch, and M.J. Brown. 2016. Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) and hemlock (Tsuga sp.) in western North Carolina: What do the Forest Inventory and Analysis data tell us? Southeastern Naturalist 15: 631-645.
  • Vogt, J.T. and W.B Smith. 2016. Forest Inventory and Analysis Fiscal Year 2015 Business Report. USDA Forest Service, Washington, D.C. FS-1053. 88 p.
  • Lambert, S. and J.T. Vogt. 2015. Forests of Oklahoma, 2013. Resource Update FS-48. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Brown, M.J., and J.T. Vogt. 2015. North Carolina’s Forests, 2013. Resour. Bull. SRS-205. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 91 p.
  • Vogt, J.T. and F.H. Koch. 2015. The evolving role of Forest Inventory and Analysis data in invasive insect research. American Entomologist 62: 46-58.
  • Brown, M.J., JT Vogt, and B.D. New. 2014. Forests of North Carolina, 2012. Resource Update FS–13. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Rashid, T., J. Chen, J.T. Vogt, and P.J. McLeod. 2013. Arthropod prey of imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Mississippi sweetpotato fields. Journal of Insect Science DOI: 10.1111/1744-7917.12003
  • Vogt, J.T. 2009. Nature and severity of imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) infestations on the Mississippi River levee. Midsouth Entomologist 2 (2): available online at http://midsouthentomologist.org.msstate.edu/Volume2/Vol2_2_html_files/vol2-2_001.html.
  • DeFauw, S.L., J.T. Vogt, P.J. English, and D.L. Boykin. 2009. Seasonal dynamics of hyperspectral reflectance patterns influencing detection of imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) mound features in turfgrass. Journal of Entomological Science 44(3): 287-294.
  • Vogt, J.T., M.L. Allen, B. Wallet, D. Boykin, W.A. Smith, and M. Allen. 2009. Distribution patterns of imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on a sheep and goat farm in Oklahoma. Environmental Entomology 38: 551-560.
  • Dingha, B.N., A.G. Appel, and J.T. Vogt. 2009. Effects of temperature on the metabolic rates of insecticide resistant and susceptible German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae). Midsouth Entomologist 2(2): available online at http://midsouthentomologist.org.msstate.edu/Volume2/Vol2_1_html_files/vol2-1_003.html.
  • Vogt, J.T., and B. Wallet. 2008. Feasibility of using template-based and object-based automated detection methods for quantifying black and hybrid imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren and S. invicta x richteri) mounds in aerial digital imagery. The Rangeland Journal 30: 291-295.
  • Vogt, J.T., T. Rashid, and J. Chen. 2008. Note: New distribution record and behavioral observations for Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae), a parasitoid of Solenopsis richteri, S. invicta, and their hybrid (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Entomological Science 43: 443-446.
  • DeFauw, S.L., J.T. Vogt, and D.L. Boykin. 2008. Influence of mound construction by red and hybrid imported fire ants on soil chemical properties and turfgrass in a sod production agroecosystem. Insectes Sociaux (available online at http://www.springerlink.com/content/0173332500k45314/fulltext.pdf).
  • DeFauw, S.L., J.T. Vogt, and D.L. Boykin. 2008. Imported fire ant bioturbation and its influence on soils and turfgrass in a sod production agroecosystem. Journal of Entomological Science 43: 121-127.
  • Vogt, J.T., B. Wallet, and S. Coy. 2008. Dynamic thermal structure of imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) mounds. Journal of Insect Science 8: 31.
  • Vogt, J.T., B. Wallet, and B. Freeland. 2007. Imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) mound shape characteristics along a north-south gradient. Environmental Entomology 37: 198-205.
  • Vogt, J.T. 2007. Three-dimensional sampling method for characterizing ant mounds. Florida Entomologist 90: 553-558.
  • Vogt, J.T., and W.A. Smith. 2007. Effects of simulated and natural rainfall on summer mound construction by imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 50: 379-390.
  • Vogt, J.T., and J. Kozlovac. 2006. Safety considerations for handling imported fire ants (Solenopsis spp.) in the laboratory and field. Applied Biosafety 11: 88-97.
  • Vogt, J.T., and J.A. Oliver. 2006. Distribution and size of imported fire ant mounds in recently-invaded ball-and-burlap plant nurseries in Tennessee. Journal of Entomological Science 41: 385-393.
  • Thead, L.G., J.T. Vogt, and D.A. Streett. 2005. Dispersal of the fire ant decapitating fly, Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae) in northeast Mississippi. Florida Entomologist 88: 214-216.
  • Vogt, J. T., J.T. Reed, and R.L. Brown. 2005. Timing bait applications for control of Solenopsis spp. fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): efficacy and effects on non-target ants. International Journal of Pest Management 51: 121-130.
  • Vogt, J.T., J.T. Reed, and R.L. Brown. 2004. Temporal foraging activity of selected ant species in northern Mississippi. Journal of Entomological Science 39: 444-452.
  • Vogt, J.T. 2004. Detection of imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) mounds with satellite imagery. Environmental Entomology 33: 1718-1721.
  • Vogt, J.T. 2004. Quantifying imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) mounds with airborne digital imagery. Environmental Entomology 33: 1045-1051.
  • Vogt, J.T., D.A. Streett, and D. Boykin. 2004. Seasonal characteristics of black imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) mounds in northern Mississippi pastures. Sociobiology 43: 513-522.
  • Vogt, J.T. 2003. Attractiveness and effectiveness of an artificial diet fed to Solenopsis invicta X richteri (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), the hybrid imported fire ant. Florida Entomologist 86: 456-459.
  • Vogt, J.T., S.A. Rice, and S.A. Armstrong. 2003. NOTE: Seed preference of the red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Oklahoma. Journal of Entomological Science 38: 696-698.
  • Vogt, J.T., D.A. Streett, R.M. Pereira, and A.M.A. Callcott. 2003. Mississippi areawide fire ant suppression program: Unique aspects of working with black and hybrid imported fire ants. Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 20: 105-111.
  • Vogt, J.T., S.D. Porter, D.A. Nordlund, and R. Smith. 2003. A modified rearing system for production of Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae), a parasitoid of imported fire ants. Biological Control 28: 346-353.
  • Vogt, J.T., W.A. Smith, R.A. Grantham, and R.E. Wright. 2003. Effects of temperature and season on Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) foraging in Oklahoma. Environmental Entomology 32: 447-451.
  • Vogt, J.T., and D.A. Harsh. 2003. NOTE: A simple device to assist with pitfall trap sampling. Florida Entomologist 86: 94-95.
  • Vogt, J.T. and D.A. Streett. 2003. Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae) laboratory parasitism, release, and establishment in Mississippi. Journal of Entomological Science 38: 317-320.
  • Vogt, J.T., T.G. Shelton, M. Merchant, S.A. Russell, M.Tanley, A.G. Appel, and R.E. Wright. 2003. Efficacy of three citrus oil formulations against Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), the red imported fire ant. Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 19: 159-171.
  • Shelton, T.G., J.T. Vogt, M.J. Tanley, and A.G. Appel. 2003. Monthly fluctuation of termite caste proportions (Isoptera) within fire ant mounds (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 41: 571-581.
  • Burns, S.N., P.E.A. Teal, R.K. Vander Meer, J.L. Nation, and J.T. Vogt. 2002. Identification and action of Juvenile Hormone III from Sexually Mature Alate Females of the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta. Journal of Insect Physiology 48: 357-365.
  • Vogt, J.T., P. Mulder, Jr., A. Sheridan, E. Shoff, and R.E. Wright. 2002. NOTE. Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta Buren) fail to reduce predator abundance in peanuts. Journal of Entomological Science 37: 200-202.
  • Vogt, J.T., R.A. Grantham, E. Corbett, S. Rice, and R.E. Wright. 2002. Dietary habits of Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenptera: Formicidae) in four Oklahoma habitats. Environmental Entomology 31: 47-53.
  • Vogt, J.T., W.A. Smith, D.B. Jones, and R.E. Wright. 2001. Feasibility of dragging pastures for control of Solenopsis invicta Buren, the red imported fire ant, in Oklahoma. The Southwestern Entomologist 26: 339-344.
  • Vogt, J.T., R. Grantham, W.A. Smith, and D. Arnold. 2001. Prey of the red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Oklahoma peanuts. Environmental Entomology 30: 123-128.
  • Vogt, J.T. and A.G. Appel. 2000. Flight energetics and dispersal capability of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren. Journal of Insect Physiology 46: 697-707.
  • Vogt, J.T. and A.G. Appel. 2000. Metabolic costs of spontaneous movement in the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 35: 89-98.
  • Vogt, J.T. and A.G. Appel. 2000. Discontinuous gas exchange in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren: Caste differences and temperature effects. Journal of Insect physiology 46: 403-416.
  • Vogt, J.T. and A.G. Appel. 1999. Standard metabolic rate of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Buren): Effects of temperature, mass, and caste. Journal of Insect Physiology 45: 655-666.
  • Shelton, T.G., J.T. Vogt, A.G. Appel, and F.M. Oi. 1999. Observations of Reticulotermes spp. in Solenopsis invicta Mounds (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae, Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 33: 265-275.
  • Kells, S.A., J.T. Vogt, A.G. Appel, and G.W. Bennett. 1999. Estimating nutritional status of German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae), in the field. Journal of Insect Physiology 45: 709-717.
  • Vogt, J.T. 1996. Founding queen of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) observed in carnivorous plant. Ent. News 3: 141-2.