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Dr. Elizabeth McCarty

Associate Professor, Forest Health Specialist


Forest Insects and Diseases

Trees for Bees

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:

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, in press

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.

Griffiths, N. A., B. M. Rau, K. B. Vaché, G. Starr, M. M. Bitew, D. P. Aubrey, J. A. Martin, E. Benton, and C. R. Jackson, C. R.  2018.  Environmental effects of short-rotation woody crops for bioenergy: What is and isn't known. GCB Bioenergy. 11: 551-656.

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.


Benton, E., J. F. Grant, R. J. Webster, R. S. Cowles, A. F. Lagalante, R. J. Nichols and

C. I. Coots.  2016.  Hemlock woolly adelgid abundance and hemlock canopy health numerous years after imidacloprid basal drench treatments: Implications for management programs. J. Econ. Entomol. 109: 2125 – 2136.

Research Areas:
Research Interests:

Current Research Areas

- Pine tip moth phenology and management

- Environmental effects of pesticide use in forests

- Hemlock woolly adelgid

- Aquatic insects





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