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Michael Ulyshen

Research Entomologist
320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-559-4296

Current Research

  •     Pollinator conservation
  •     Invasive species
  •     Saproxylic insects

 See more research details at my RWU page

Research Interests

Pollinators, Species invasions, Novel ecosystems, Saproxylic Insects, Decomposition, Biodiversity, Conservation


Ph.D. in Entomology, 2009
University of Georgia
M.S. in Entomology, 2005
University of Georgia
B.S. in Zoology, 2002
Miami University
B.A. in Chemistry, 2002
Miami University

Professional Experience

Research Entomologist, USDA-FS-SRS

Entomologist, USDA-FS-SRS
Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Ohio State University
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University

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Research Highlights

Assessing the Role of a Little-known Wood-boring Beetle in Sugarberry Decline (2019)
SRS-2019-66 Ongoing research seeks to explain an ongoing, severe episode of sugarberry mortality in the southeastern U.S. A rarely collected species of buprestid beetle, Agrilus macer, is attacking dying trees at high densities. USDA Forest Service research results suggest that Agrilus macer is a secondary pest, rather than a primary cause of mortality, and there is no evidence that it is the vector for harmful pathogens.

Developing a simple rearing method for Emerald ash borer biological control agents (2011)
The emerald ash borer, a buprestid beetle native to Asia, is one of the most ecologically and economically significant invasive forest pests in North America.

Forest Bees are More Active in the Canopy Than Near the Ground in the Southeastern U.S. (2014)
SRS-2014-192 Results from one of the first studies to investigate how bees are vertically distributed in temperate deciduous forests suggest these insects are more numerous in the canopy than near the forest floor.

Saproxylic insects: diversity, ecology, and conservation (2018)
SRS-2018-49 A new book synthesizes global knowledge about one of the most diverse groups of insects in forests, those associated with dying and dead wood.

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