David Houston, a world-renowned forest pathologist and former F&ES adjunct professor, will discuss “Beech Bark Disease: Biology, Ecology, and Forest Responses: A Five-Decade Quest for Understanding,” at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station on 123 Huntington Street in New Haven.
Houston’s research for decades has focused on the complexities of dieback-decline diseases of deciduous hardwoods. In particular, he has been interested in determining and clarifying the causal relationships and ecological factors associated with patterns of disease development over time and space.
He conducted research on the insect/disease complex that causes Maple Blight at the University of Wisconsin, where he taught from 1958 to 1961. Since then, he has studied a variety of hardwood species, including ash, oak, maple and beech. Recently, he has been studying the European Larch Canker disease that has invaded American Larch in Maine.
Houston earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, a M.F. from F&ES and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of over 120 publications. He taught forest ecosystem health at F&ES in the 1980s and 1990s.
The lecture qualifies for one credit-hour for a Connecticut pesticide license—3D (arborist)—and one CEU for CT Certified Forest Practitioners (any level).