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Entomology: Personnel

Entomology Faculty

G. Keith Douce

Professor of Entomology
Co-coordinator, Bugwood Network
Tifton Campus
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1976

Contact Information

Address: Department of Entomology
4601 Research Way, Administration Building
Tifton Campus
P.O. Box 748
Tifton, GA 31793 USA

Phone: 229-386-3298
Email: kdouce@uga.edu

Dr. keith Douce


My Statewide Extension Responsibilities and Interests Include:

1)   forest entomology and forest health issues including Integrated Pest Management;

2)  invasive and exotic (to North America) species that impact US agriculture, forestry and natural systems, especially as related to pests and pest information impacting international and U.S. agricultural commodity trade. See www.invasive.org and www.barkbeetles.org and www.gainvasives.org;

3)  I serve as the (co-) Georgia state survey coordinator and University of Georgia liaison for the USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program (www.gacaps.org);

4)  I serve as the University of Georgia entomology contact for the Southern Plant Diagnostics Network (http://spdn.ifas.ufl.edu/);

3)  integrating  and using information technology systems to deliver entomology, forestry and invasive species information to users (see: www.Bugwood.org);

4)  the development of web-based systems to archive and deliver, user-accessible digital images and educational information on  forestry, invasive species, IPM and general entomology to users (see: www.ForestryImages.org; www.Invasive.org: www.InsectImages.org: and www.IPMImages.org);

5)  assisting developing countries to address forest health and entomology problems through application of information technology and cooperative projects; and

6)  developing opportunities for UGA students to have study abroad experience in other countries. 

The Bugwood Network group participates in many multidisciplinary projects with colleagues at the University of Georgia, other universities, federal agencies (including the U.S. Forest Service and USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service), and numerous state departments of agriculture and forestry across the U.S.  We operate 15 websites, including four image archive and database websites that make 45,000 high quality images from more than 1,000 photographers available for educational uses.  Bugwood websites received 100 million hits and served over 11 million users between Jun 2005 and July 2006 (avg. 8.3 million hits/month).   

Selected Publications, Presentations, and Awards

Publications:

Bargeron, C.T., G.K. Douce, D.J. Moorhead, C.W. Evans and R.C. Reardon. 2006. Forestry Images Development Methodology and Technology 1995-2005. FHTET-2005-14. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. 137 p.

Douce, G.K, C.W. Evans, C.T. Bargeron and D.J. Moorhead. 2006. Georgia Plant Nursery Inspectors Pest Guide. The University of Georgia - Bugwood Network for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, March 2006. 4 p.

Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron, G.K. Douce. 2006. Invasive plants reduce productivity and value of Georgia’s forests. The University of Georgia - Bugwood Network, Georgia Forestry Commission and USDA Forest Service.

Evans, C.W., C.T. Bargeron, D.J. Moorhead and G.K. Douce. 2006. Invasive plants of Georgia’s forests: Identification and control. Georgia Invasive Species Task Force, Georgia Forestry Commission, USDA Forest Service & The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA, BW-2006- 02. 12 p. http://www.gainvasives.org/pubs/gfcnew.pdf

Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron and G.K. Douce. 2006. Cogongrass Imperata cylindrica: One of the World’s Worst Weeds Invades Georgia’s Forests. The University of Georgia – Bugwood Network, the Georgia Forestry Commission, USDA Forest Service, USDA APHIS PPQ, Georgia Dept. of Agriculture, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources and the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council. (In press).

Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron, and G.K. Douce. 2006. Invasive plant responses to silvicultural practices in the South. The Bugwood Network, University of Georgia. Tifton, GA. BW-2006-03. 52 p.

Bugwood Network. 2005. The hemlock wooly adelgid in Georgia. USDA Forest Service, Georgia Forestry Commission. CD-ROM and www.gainvasives.org/hwa/.

Evans, C.W., C.T. Bargeron, D.J. Moorhead and G.K. Douce. 2005.  Invasive weeds in Georgia: You can stop their spread. Georgia Invasive Species Task Force & The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA, BW-2005-01. 23 p. and www.gainvasives.org/pubs/flyerfinal.pdf.

Evans, C.W., C.T. Bargeron, D.J. Moorhead and G.K. Douce. 2005.  Aquatic pests introduced from aquariums and water gardens. Georgia Invasive Species Task Force & The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA, BW-2005-06. (Bulletin) 7 p. and www.gainvasives.org/pubs/aquatics.pdf.

Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron and G.K. Douce. 2005.  Cogongrass: A new threat to Georgia. The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA, BW-2005-02. (Flyer) 1 p.  www.cogongrass.org/gacogongrass.pdf.

Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron and G.K. Douce. 2005.  Cogongrass: One of the world’s worst weeds invades Georgia. The Bugwood Network, The. University of Georgia, Tifton, GA, BW- 2005-03. (Poster) 1p.

Evans, C.W., D.J. Moorhead, C.T. Bargeron and G.K. Douce. 2005. Identifying and controlling cogongrass in Georgia. The Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia. Tifton, GA, BW-2005-04. (Bulletin) 4 p. and   www.cogongrass.org/cogongrasspub.pdf.

Moorhead, D.J. G.K. Douce, and C. Evans. 2004. Forest Health: In Encyclopedia of Southern Appalachian Forest Ecosystems. USDA Forest Service Forest Encyclopedia Network. http://forestencyclopedia.net/Encyclopedia/Appalachian.

Bargeron, C.T., D.J. Moorhead, G.K. Douce, R.C. Reardon, and A.E. Miller (Technical coordinators). 2003. Invasive plants of the eastern United States: Identification and control. CD ROM. USDA Forest Service Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. FHTET-2003-08 also www.invasive.org/eastern/.

Moorhead, D.J., G.K. Douce, and C. Bargeron. 2003. Developing and delivering forest health information using the Bugwood Network and the ForestryImages archive. Pp. 127-131. In Proceedings: Society of American Foresters 2002 National Convention “Forests at Work” Winston-Salem, NC.

Douce, G.K., D.J. Moorhead, and C.T. Bargeron, IV. 2002. ForestryImages.org High resolution image archive and web-available image system. Journal of Forest Science (Czech Republic, Europe). 47 (2), pp. 77-79.

Douce, G.K., D.J. Moorhead, and C.T. Bargeron. 2002. Forest Pest Control. CD-ROM. The Bugwood Network. Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and The Warnell School of Forest Resources, The University of Georgia. Special Bulletin 16.

Douce, G. K., D. J. Moorhead and C. T. Bargeron. 2001. Bark Beetles of North America: Forest Insects and Their Damage Vols. III and IV. Southern Cooperative Series Bulletin, Number 383. Southern Forest Insect Work Conference, SERA-IEG-12. The University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Athens, GA.

Douce, G.K., D.J. Moorhead, and C.T. Bargeron. 2001. The Bugwood network: Information technology support for extension forestry programs in Georgia, USA. pp. 179-188.  In:  D. Race and R. Reid, eds. Proceedings: 5th IUFRO Extension Working Party S6.06-03 Symposium - Forestry extension: Assisting forest owner, farmer, and stakeholder decision-making. October 2001. Lorne, Australia. Forestry Department - University of Melbourne.

Douce, G.K., D.J. Moorhead, and C.T. Bargeron. 2001. Forest insects and their damage: Bark beetles of North America - Volume III Conifer & hardwood beetles. SERA-IEG-12. Southern Cooperative Series Bulletin No. 386. CD-ROM.

Douce, G.K., D.J. Moorhead, and C.T. Bargeron. 2001.ForestryImages.org: High resolution image archive and web-available image system. In Proceedings: IUFRO Working Party 7.03-10 Methodology of forest insect and disease survey in Central Europe symposium. Czechia Pruhonice Praha. September 17 - 20. J. For. Sci. 47, Special Issue No. 2:77-79.

Douce, G.K., D.J. Moorhead, J.D. Ward, J. Mwangi, G.D. Hertel, and C.T. Bargeron, IV. 2000. Bugwood Africa: Using information technologies to address informational needs of forest and agroforestry integrated pest management in East Africa. Pp. 156-173. In J. Begus, J. Anderson, and R.L. Beck, eds. Proceedings: 4th IUFRO Extension Working Party S6.06-03 Symposium - Working under a dynamic framework - forest ownership structures and extension. October 1999. Bled, Slovenia. Zavod za gozdove Slovenije - Slovenia Forest Service, 2000 -04-03.

Presentations

I have actively participated and have been an invited speaker at numerous state, national, regional and international meetings.  A large number of the presentations, especially the international ones, were invited. 

A.  State:  Attended 33 meetings and made presentations at 29 of those meetings.

B.  Regional: Attended 68 meetings and made presentations at 50 of those meetings.

C.  National: Attended 84 meetings and made presentations at 70 of those meetings.

D.  Outside of the Continental US:  Since 1995.
Fifty-seven (57) presentations made in 17 countries and territories including Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, UK, Australia, Fiji, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. 

Awards

2006   Recipient of the National Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension.  Entomological Society of America. Indianapolis, IN.

2005   (20th) Recipient of the A.D. Hopkins Award for Outstanding Service to Southern (US) Forest Entomology. Southern Forest Insect Work Conference Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.

2005  Recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (SEB), Wilmington, NC.

2005  Award for Excellence for Exceptional Programming in the Area of Computer Applications. By Southern Agriculture & Natural Resources Program, Cooperative Extension Service for CD-ROM Invasive Plants of the Eastern United States: Identification and Control.  FHTET-2003-08.

2004  Award for Excellence for Exceptional Programming in the Area of Computer Websites: For  www.Invasive.org. Cooperative Extension Service, Southern Region, Agriculture & Natural Resources Program.  

2003  Award for Excellence for Exceptional Programming in the Area of Computer Software/Website: For   ForestryImages.org: The Source for Forest Health and Silvicultural Images. Cooperative Extension Service, Southern Region Forestry Program, Agriculture & Natural Resources Program.  

Informational delivery systems

The Bugwood Network develops educational programs, CD-ROMs and DVDs, web sites, flyers, leaflets, posters, and bulletins to address current and emerging problems and informational needs.  Please see the publications section for details. 

The CD-ROM The Invasive Plants of the Eastern United States: Identification and Control released late in 2003 at the "Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems: Linking Science and Management" in conjunction with 7th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in November  2003 www.esa.org/ipinams-emapi7/  have been requested and used across the US with more than 32,000 copies having been distributed.

Bugwood websites:  The Bugwood Network has developed and operates 12 information and 4 image archive websites. These websites received over 76 million hits and served over 28 million pages of information to over 7.1 million users in 2005 (see www.Bugwood.org). These technology systems provide information to users on forest health, entomology, silviculture, invasive and exotic species, natural resource management, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The Bugwood Network Image Archive and Database Systems: ForestryImages, Invasive.org, IPMImages and InsectImages were developed to archive and make quality, properly identified images available for educational uses at no cost.  We began collecting, digitizing and archiving high-quality, high-resolution photographs, principally from slides, in late 1995. We migrated from CD-ROM delivery to using the WWW in 2001.  We now (Oct 2006) have over 45,000 images taken by over 1,100 photographers available on 7,000 subjects. These systems continue to grow … over 11,000 images were added during the first 10 months of 2006. Bugwood systems are used widely in Georgia and across the entire US as well as in many other countries. 

Invasive and exotic species activities and programs:  Bugwood Network personnel are active in, and are leaders in programs and projects dealing with non-native and invasive organisms including:  the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program sponsored by USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS-PPQ), the Southern (and National) Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN and SPDN) sponsored by USDA, Cooperative States Research and Extension Service (CSREES), the Global Pest and Disease Database (GPDD) developed by USDA-APHIS as well as the Georgia and Southeastern Exotic Pest Plant Councils (GA-EPPC.org and SE-EPPC.org) and the USFS Early Detection and Rapid Response programs.  We were instrumental in the development of the Georgia Invasive Species Task Force (www.gainvasives.org).

International activities and projects:  I have been involved in projects in Kenya and Tanzania and in the South Pacific to help identify and evolve information technology support systems for forest health.  I am currently working with colleagues in several European countries to develop collaboration as a means of acquiring photographs and information of European organisms (North American Exotics)  of concern to North America that are species that could be introduced and  become invasive and damaging to US forestry, agriculture and natural systems.   I have participated in meetings in several European countries with the principle goal of establishing contacts to acquire photographs of and information about organisms that are not native to the US, but are potential US/North American pests should they gain entry and become established.

Bugwood Network personnel have been working with: 

1.      The European and Mediterranean Pest Plant Organization (EPPO) based in Paris, France. EPPO works with regulatory personnel in, and pests of regulatory concern to 42 (primarily) European, Mediterranean, and Western Asian countries;

2.      staff scientists with The Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau, International (CABI) based in Great Britain. CABI is a non-profit educationally-oriented organization that develops Crop Compendiums and an array of other educational materials to help farmers and managers deal with crop and forest pests of concern to countries around the world; and 

3.      faculty and forest health specialists with universities and federal agencies in: Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia as well as initiating cooperation in several other European countries with the goal of collaboration and cooperation in the area of forest pests native in their country that are POTENTIAL pests of Georgia. 

Photographs and associated information acquired through these contacts are incorporated into and made available to user groups through Bugwood Network information systems. Bugwood personnel have acquired over 5,000 images that were taken in and provided by professionals in 69 countries that are available for educational uses. Another benefit of this international collaboration: Bugwood Network personnel are able to contact the appropriate country-level scientific specialist as necessary to obtain information that will help us identify and/or deal with species that are native in Europe but that are still exotic to Georgia and North America.

The Bugwood Network Image sites are:

Forestry Images  www.ForestryImages.org: The Source for Forest Health and Silviculture images;

Invasive.org  www.Invasive.org: Invasive and Exotic Species of North America;

IPM Images  www.IPMImages.org: The Source for Agricultural Integrated Pest Management Images;  and

Insect Images  www.InsectImages.org: The Source for Insect Images 

On November 1, 2006, Bugwood image systems contained 45,109 images taken by more than 1,050 photographers on 6,900 subjects, and they continue to expand. Over 11,000 images have been added during the first 10 months of 2006.    

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