Bark beetle ecology
This project address how bark beetle strategies and fungal associates affect breeding success of the beetle. Surprisingly, after more than a century of bark beetle research no one has addressed whether fungi associated with non-mycangial beetles actually affect beetle success. This work is ground-breaking in its focus on the effects of fungi on non-mycangial beetles as well as the use of molecular techniques to describe the fungi associated with both mycangial and non-mycangial beetles. It is also the first to document fungal associations with major non-mycangial beetles throughout their development and their potential to benefit beetles through nitrogen (N) concentration.