Professor of Forest Entomology
S-225 Agricultural Science Center N
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
(859) 257-1167
lrieske@uky.edu



Research Interests

My research program utilizes field and laboratory approaches to answer behavioral and ecological questions in forest ecosystems in the context of herbivore-plant relations, feeding guild interactions, and interactions among plant stressors. Focusing on invasive species, we evaluate how disturbance forces directly and indirectly impact arthropod abundance, herbivory and herbivore success, and forest community dynamics (seehttp://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/Magazine/2013/Fall2013/AgMagFall2013.pdf). Current projects include:

  • Monitoring the Effects of the Invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
  • Potential Mechanisms of Hemlock Resistance to the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
  • Can Our Chestnut Survive Another Invasion?
  • Developing Sustainable Management Approaches For Emerald Ash Borer
  • Post-Invasion Forests: Composition and Structure Following Invasive Species Establishment
  • Habitat Disturbance and Forest Structure Influences Prey Base for Forest Dwelling Bats