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Scott Horn

320 Green Street
Athens, GA 30602-2044
Phone: 706-559-4249

Current Research

  • Impacts of invasive plants on insect communities
  • Effects of various forest management activities on insect communities
  • Pollinator diversity and abundance under various forest conditions
  • Biology and Control of invasive insects
  • The role of dead wood to forest insect communities

Research Interests

Impact of forest management on insect communities; In particular, how forest management activities affect arthropod prey of the red-cockaded woodpecker; Role of coarse woody debris (downed logs and snags) in maintaining insect populations; Relationship between artificial canopy gaps and insects in a bottomland hardwood forest; Ecology of cavity-nesting bees and wasps; Developing efficient trapping techniques for pollinators/cavity-nesters; Ecology of sand and gravel bar insects; and Determining the impacts of Chinese privet on riparian forest communities.


M.S. in Entomology, 2000
University of Georgia
B.S. in Wildlife Science, 1997
Auburn University

Professional Experience

Entomologist, U.S. Forest Service

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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.

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Priority Areas
SRS Science Area
Experimental Forests and Ranges
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