Eckhardt, Lori

Lori Eckhardt, Professor

SFWS 2335 | (334) 844-2720 | eckhalg@auburn.edu
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.
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Chieppa, J.*, A. Chappelka and L. Eckhardt. 2015Effects 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. 2015Effects 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. 2015Hyperspectral 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. 2015Nondestructive 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. 2015Impact 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).2015Cogongrass (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. 2015Impact 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. Wingfield2014Microsatellite 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. 2014Impacts 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. 2014Correlation 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. 2014Variation 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. 2014Near 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. 2013The 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.2013Root-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. 2013Impacts 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.2012Root 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.2012Onset 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.2012Root diseases and timber dogs.Forestry Source. May 2012 Vol. 17, No. 5, p. 13.
Matusick, G., Somers, G., and Eckhardt, L.G. 2011Root 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.2011Effects 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. 2010Activity 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. 2010The 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.2010A new Ophiostoma species from loblolly pine roots in the southeastern United States.Mycol. Progress. 9:447-457
Matusick, G. and L. G. Eckhardt. 2010Variation in virulence among four root-inhabiting ophiostomatoid fungi on Pinus taeda L., P. palustris Mill., and P. elliottii Englem. seedlingsCan. J. Plant Path. 32:361-367
Matusick, G., L. G. Eckhardt, and G. Somers. 2010The 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.2008Response 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. 2008Virulence of Leptographium serpens on longleaf pine seedlings under varying soil moisture regimesPlant Disease. 92:1574-1576.
Eckhardt, L.G., A.M. Weber, R. D. Menard, J. P. Jones, and N. J. Hess.2007Association 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 2006Leptographium 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 2006The sensitivity of near infrared spectroscopy to two blue staining fungiWood Fiber Sci 38:717-726
Via, B.K., C. L. So, T. F. Shupe, L. G. Eckhardt, M. Stine, and L. Groom.2005Prediction 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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