Lori Eckhardt, Professor
|SFWS 2335 | (334) 844-2720 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Forest Health Cooperative
BS, University of Maryland, 1997, Cell Molecular Biology and Genetics; PhD, Louisiana State University, 2003, Plant Health/Entomology.
Research Interests: Currently researching the biology and ecology of Leptographium species and their vectors as components of southern pine decline and mortality. Primary areas of interest include mycology, host-fungal interactions, fungal-insect interactions, fungal and insect ecology, forest health, and disease risk mapping.
|Chieppa, J.*, A. Chappelka and L. Eckhardt.||2015||Effects of tropospheric ozone on loblolly pine seedlings inoculated with root infecting ophiostomatoid fungi.||Environ. Pollut. 2017: 130-137.|
|*Chieppa, J.J., Chappelka, A.H., and Eckhardt, L.G.||2015||Effects of tropospheric ozone on loblolly pine seedlings inoculated with root infecting ophiostomatoid fungi.||Environ. Poll. 207: 130-137.|
|Beach, J., Uertz, J., and Eckhardt, L.||2015||Hyperspectral interferometry: sizing micro-scale surface features in the pine bark beetle.||Microscopy Research and Techniques Published online first: DOI: 10.1002/jemt22550.|
|*Acquah, G.E., Via, B.K., Fasina, O. and Eckhardt, L.G.||2015||Nondestructive estimation of forest biomass properties for bioenergy, fuels and chemical applications using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). J. Near Infr. Spec.||Published online first: doi: 10.1255/jnirs.1153.|
|*Sells, S.M., Held, D., Enloe, S., Loewenstein, N., and Eckhardt, L.||2015||Impact of cogongrass management strategies on generalist predators in longleaf pine stands.||Pest Mgmt. Sci. 71:478-484.|
|Trautwig, A.N., Eckhardt, L.G., Loewenstein, N.J., Hoeksema, J.D., Carter, E.A., and Nadel, R.L. (in press).||2015||Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) affects above and belowground processes in commercial loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) stands.||Forest Science.|
|Sells, S.M., Held, D.H., Enloe, S.F., Loewenstein, N.J. and Eckhardt, L.G.||2015||Impact of cogongrass management strategies on generalist predators in cogongrass infested longleaf pine plantations.||Pest Management Science 71(3):478-484.|
|Duong, T.A., Z.W. de Beer, B.D. Wingfield, L.G. Eckhardt, and M.J. Wingfield||2014||Microsatellite and mating-type markers reveal unexpected patterns of genetic diversity in the pine root-infecting fungus Grosmannia alacris.||Phytopathology. 64:235-242.|
|Enloe, S.F., N.J. Loewenstein, D.W. Held, L.G. Eckhardt, and D.K. Lauer.||2014||Impacts of prescribed fire, glyphosate, and seeding on cogongrass, species richness and species diversity in longleaf pine.||Invasive Plant Science and Management. 6:536-544.|
|Riggins, J.J., N.S. Little, and L.G. Eckhardt.||2014||Correlation between infection by ophiostomatoid fungi and the presence of eastern subterranean termite (Reticulitermes spp.) in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) roots.||Agric For Entol. 16:260-264.|
|Singh, A., D. Anderson, and L.G. Eckhardt.||2014||Variation in resistance of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) families against Leptographium and Grosmannia root fungi.||For. Path. 44:293-298.|
|Via, B.K., C. Zhou, G. Acquah, W. Jiang, and L.G. Eckhardt.||2014||Near infrared spectroscopy calibration for wood chemistry: which chemometric technique is best for prediction and interpretation?||Sensors. 14:13532-13547.|
|Zeng, Y., R. Kidd, and Eckhardt, L.G.||2013||The Effect of thinning and clear-cut on changes in the relative abundance of root-feeding beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Pinus taeda plantations in Central Alabama and Georgia.||Pest Manag. Sci. DOI 10.1002/ps.3624.|
|Matusick, G., R.D. Menard, Y. Zeng, and L.G. Eckhardt.||2013||Root-inhabiting bark beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and their fungal associates breeding in dying loblolly pine in Alabama.||Florida Entomologist. March: 238-241.|
|Enloe, S.F., Loewenstein, N.J., Held, D. and Eckhardt, L.||2013||Impacts of prescribed fire, glyphosate, and seeding on cogongrass, species richness and species diversity in longleaf pine.||Invasive Plant Science and Management 6(4):536-544.|
|Matusick, G., Somers, G., and Eckhardt, L.G.||2012||Root lesions in large loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) following inoculation with four root-inhabiting ophiostomatoid fungi.||(Published first online in 2011: DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0329.2011.00719.x) For. Path. 42: 37-43.|
|Walls, J.G., Hepp, G.R., and Eckhardt, L.G.||2012||Onset of incubation and nest reuse: effects on microbial growth and viability of wood duck eggs.||The Condor. 114: 1-6.|
|Eckhardt, L. and Steury, T.||2012||Root diseases and timber dogs.||Forestry Source. May 2012 Vol. 17, No. 5, p. 13.|
|Matusick, G., Somers, G., and Eckhardt, L.G.||2011||Root lesions in large loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) following inoculation with four root-inhabiting ophiostomatoid fungi.||Forest Pathology (Published online: 10.1111/j.1439-0329.2011.00719.x).|
|Walls, J. G., G. R. Hepp, and L. G. Eckhardt.||2011||Effects of incubation delay on viability and microbial growth of Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) eggs.||Auk 128:663-670.|
|Zanzot, J. W., G. Matusick, and L. G. Eckhardt.||2010||Activity of root-feeding insects and their associated fungi on longleaf pine in Georgia.||J. Econ. Entomol. 39:415-423.|
|Matusick, G. and L. G. Eckhardt.||2010||The pathogenicity and virulence of four ophiostomatoid fungi on young longleaf pine trees.||Can. J. Plant Path. 32:170-176.|
|Zanzot, J.W., Z. W. de Beer, L. G. Eckhardt, and M. J. Wingfield.||2010||A new Ophiostoma species from loblolly pine roots in the southeastern United States.||Mycol. Progress. 9:447-457|
|Matusick, G. and L. G. Eckhardt.||2010||Variation in virulence among four root-inhabiting ophiostomatoid fungi on Pinus taeda L., P. palustris Mill., and P. elliottii Englem. seedlings||Can. J. Plant Path. 32:361-367|
|Matusick, G., L. G. Eckhardt, and G. Somers.||2010||The pathogenicity of four Leptographium species to mature longleaf pine roots.||For. Ecol. Mgmt. 260:2189-2195.|
|Via, B. K., C. L. So, L. G. Eckhardt, T. F. Shupe, L. H. Groom, and M. Stine.||2008||Response of diffuse reflectance spectra to blue stain and wood age.||Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. 16(1): 71-74.|
|Matusick, G, Eckhardt, L.G. and Enebak, S.A.||2008||Virulence of Leptographium serpens on longleaf pine seedlings under varying soil moisture regimes||Plant Disease. 92:1574-1576.|
|Eckhardt, L.G., A.M. Weber, R. D. Menard, J. P. Jones, and N. J. Hess.||2007||Association of an insect-fungal complex with loblolly pine decline in central Alabama.||For. Sci. 53:84-92.|
|Jacobs, K., L.G. Eckhardt, and M.J. Wingfield||2006||Leptographium profanum sp. nov., a new species from hardwood in North America.||Can. J. Bot. 84:759-766|
|Via, B.K., L.G. Eckhardt, C.L. So, T.F. Shupe, M. Stine, L. Groom, and J.H. Roberds||2006||The sensitivity of near infrared spectroscopy to two blue staining fungi||Wood Fiber Sci 38:717-726|
|Via, B.K., C. L. So, T. F. Shupe, L. G. Eckhardt, M. Stine, and L. Groom.||2005||Prediction of wood mechanical and chemical properties in the presence and absence of blue stain using two infrared instruments.||J. Near Infr. Spec. 13: 201-212.|
Dr. Eckhardt is director of the Forest Health Cooperative at Auburn University.
Research Projects Currently Underway:
- Interactions of future climate change scenarios of elevated tropospheric ozone and decreasing rainfall amounts with loblolly pine decline.
- Mapping spores on intact bark beetles using hyperspectral imaging.
- Field evaluations of controlled vapor delivery method in an IPM system for loblolly pine
- Resistance of Pinus taeda families against Leptographium root fungi and assessment of family morphological traits linked to Leptographium infection
- Wood chemistry, stiffness and disease resistance
- Identification and description of newly found Leptographium and Ophiostoma species.
- Validation of risk mapping for loblolly decline across the southeastern US.
- Pathogenicity of Leptographium species associated with southern pine decline.
- Forest health evaluation of stand health in association with biomass removal.
- Hylastes species, management, and pine decline.
- Fungi associated with wild pigs and their rooting habits in southern pine stands.
- Hylastes population dynamics and forest health evaluation in association with thinning and fertilization.
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