Expertise

Eckhardt is an expert in the areas of host-pathogen, host-insect and pathogen-insect interactions, fungal biology and ecology, insect biology and ecology and forest health.

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.

Keywords: Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology, Forest Health, Ophiostomatoid Fungi, Bark Beetles

This research focuses on the biology and ecology of the root disease agents, Leptographium, Grosmannia, and Ophiostoma 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.


Subject areas:

  • Forest Biology and Ecology
  • Forestry
Communities
Wildlife and Wetlands Science, Forestry
Degrees
PhD, Louisiana State University, Plant Health/Entomology, 2003
BS, University of Maryland, Cell Molecular Biology and Genetics, 1997
Keywords
forestry and woodlands