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Dr. Elizabeth McCarty

Associate Professor, Forest Health Specialist


Forest Insects and Diseases

Pollinator Habitat

Pesticides in Forests

Pesticide Safety

  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2016
  • M.S., Biology, University of South Alabama, 2006
  • B.S., Biology, University of Mobile, 2002
Selected Publications:

McCarty, E., D. Clabo, D. Dickens, C. Waldrop, K.J.K. Gandhi, and C. Villari.  2023. Loblolly pine susceptibility to Nantucket pine tip moth: Do tree genetics play a role?  Forest Science 69: 528-528.

McCarty, E., V. Cassidy, D. Clabo, D. Dickens, C. Asaro, and K.J.K. Gandhi.  2023. Efficacy of four insecticides for reducing Nantucket pine tip moth (Rhyaciona frustrana) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) infestation levels and improving growth metrics in loblolly pines.  Journal of Economic Entomology 116: 835 – 847. 

Cassidy, V. C., E. McCarty, and C. Asaro. Management implications for Nantucket pine tip moth from temperature-induced shifts in phenology and voltinism attributed to climate change. 2022 Journal of Economic Entomology 115: 1331 – 1341.

McCarty, E., Evans, R., Blankenship, J., Murdoch, M., & Duesterbeck, G. 2021. Assessing imidacloprid for Nantucket pine tip moth (Rhyacionia frustrana) suppression through regional collaborative research and focus group evaluation. Trees, Forests, and People 4:100075.

Cassidy, V. C., E. P. McCarty, and C. Asaro.  Limited scope risk assessment for non-target ground-dwelling arthropods from systemic insecticide applications to young pines.  Environmental Entomology, 50: 359-366.

Fortuin, C. C., E. McCarty, and K. J. Gandhi. 2020.  Acute contact with imidacloprid in soil affects the nesting and survival success of a solitary wild bee, Osmia lignaria (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae).  Chemosphere 264: 128572.  doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128572.

McCarty, E., R. Nichols, J. McCreadie, and J. Grant. 2019. Assessment of aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling methods for nonregulatory water quality programs. J. Environ. Qual. 48:1749-1757. doi:10.2134/jeq2019.01.0024

McCarty, E. and K. M. Addesso. 2019.  Hemlock woolly adelgid management in forest, landscape, and nursery production.  J. Insect Sci. 19: 24, 1 - 17.

Wiggins, G., E. Benton, J. Grant, M. Kerr, and P. Lambdin.  2018.  Short-term detection of imidacloprid in streams following applications in forests.  J. Environ. Qual. 47: 571 –578.


Benton, E., J. F. Grant, R. J. Nichols, R. J. Webster, J. S. Schwartz, and J. K. Bailey. 2017. Risk assessment of imidacloprid use in forest settings on the aquatic macroinvertebrate community. Enviro. Tox. Chem., 36: 3108 – 3119.




Research Areas:
Research Interests:

Current Research Areas

- Pine tip moth management

- Environmental effects of pesticide use in forests

- Hemlock woolly adelgid

- Aquatic insects





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