Lynne Rieske-Kinney

Professor, Forest Entomology
Phone (859) 257-1167
Fax (859) 323-1120
Forest Entomology at the University of Kentucky

Department of Entomology
S-225 Ag Science Center N
Lexington KY 40546-0091

Dr. Lynne Rieske-Kinney (PhD University of Wisconsin, 1995) has been the Forest Entomologist in the Department of Entomology at University of Kentucky for over 20 years.

My research lab broadly addresses issues associated with forest health, focusing primarily on invasion dynamics of non-native forest pests, evaluating alterations in trophic relationships, and effects on forest composition and structure associated with forest disturbances. Forest insect pests such as emerald ash borer and southern pine beetle have significant effects on forest composition and structure, with implications for trophic interactions, conservation and restoration efforts, and global carbon sinks. Innovative management approaches and a greater understanding of forest dynamics are needed to assure the health of our future forests. We apply ecological principles to understand forest changes associated with species’ invasions, and we’re developing innovative approaches for management strategies to minimize losses.

For more information on our research see the Rieske-Kinney lab web page.

Courses Taught

Forest Entomology (ENT/FOR 502). 3 credit hours; Fall semester annually.

Two lectures weekly primarily address principles and entomological concepts, including identification and basic biology of major insect groups, the roles of insects in forest ecosystems, basic ecosystem services affected by insects, diagnosis of major types of forest insect pest problems, and integrating concepts in forest pest population biology and ecology with mitigation and management strategies.

Weekly labs use a hands-on approach to demonstrate insect collecting and identification techniques, ecological concepts and management approaches, and use of reference materials. 

Invasive Species Biology (ENT/FOR/BIO 667). 3 credits; Fall semester, odd years. Two 90-minute lectures/discussions weekly.

This course examines circumstances that allow introduced organisms to become invasive, examines specific introductions (past and present) threatening our resources, and investigates current and future steps to reduce the incidence and impact of invasive species. The first portion of the semester is instructor-driven, and consists of lectures covering historical faunal realms prior to human intervention; economic and political forces that set the stage for invasions; biology and ecology of invaders and invasiveness; susceptibility to and risks of invasions; and consequences of invasion. We cover intentional and accidental invasions of various taxa, including arthropods, vertebrates, plants, pathogens, etc. In the second portion of the semester students research and present case studies covering invasive species impacting various systems, from aquatic and forest systems, agroecosystems, threats to animal and human health, threats to biological diversity and ecosystem conservation. Our purpose is to develop insight into the biology and ecology of biological invasions so as to gain an understanding of current and emerging means of minimizing their impact.

For more information see the Rieske-Kinney lab web page.