Dr. Kamal J. Gandhi
Dr. Kamal J. Gandhi
Faculty
Assistant Professor
Forest Entomology; Forest Health and Protection
Research Interests
Patterns of invasion by non-native insects;
Community ecology;
Insect-plant interactions;
Effects of forest disturbances on insects


Lilly Teaching Fellow, 2011-2013
Office of Vice-President for Research, Research Fellow, 2009
Background
Education
PhD, Entomology & Forestry, University of Minnesota, 2005
MS, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, 1999
BS, Zoology Honors, University of Delhi, 1993
Courses
FANR 3200: The Ecology of Natural Resources, (Fall Yearly)
FORS 4210: Forest Health and Protection, (Spring Yearly)
Publications
Burke, J; Maerz, J; Milanovich, J.R.; Fisk, M.C.; and Gandhi, K.J. 2011. Invasion by exotic earthworms alters biodiversity and communities of litter- and soil-dwelling oribatid mites. Diversity 3:155-175.
Gandhi, K.J and Herms, D.A. 2010. Direct and indirect effects of invasive exotic insect herbivores on ecological processes and interactions in forests of eastern North America. Biological Invasions 12:389-405.
Gandhi, K.J and Herms, D.A. 2010. North American arthropods at risk due to widespread Fraxinus mortality caused by the non-native emerald ash borer. Biological Invasions 12:1839-1846.
Kula, R.R; Knight, K.S; Rebbeck, J; Cappaert, D.L; Bauer, L.S; and Gandhi, K.J. 2010. New record of Leluthia astigma (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae) as a parasitoid of Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Agrilinae), emerald ash borer, with a review of host use in Leluthia Cameron. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 112:246-257.
Gandhi, K.J; Audley, J; Johnson, J; and Raines, M. 2009. Camphor shot borer, Xylosandrus mutilatus (Blandford) (Coleoptera:Curculionidae), an adventive ambrosia beetle in Georgia. The Coleopterists Bulletin 63:497-500.
Gandhi, K.J; Gilmore, D.W; Haack, R.A; Katovich, S.A; Krauth, S.J; Mattson, W.J; Zasada, J.C; and Seybold, S.J. 2009. Application of semiochemicals to assess the biodiversity of subcortical insects following an ecosystem disturbance in a sub-boreal forest. Journal of Chemical Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10886-009-9724-3.
Gandhi, K.J and Miller, D.R. 2009. Southern Pine Engraver (Ips) Beetles in your Backyard. University of Georgia, Warnell School, Entomology Series WSFNR09-8, June Issue. [View]
Grants
"Interactions between prescribed-burning, bark and woodboring insects, fungi, and southern pine tree species in Georgia", USDA Forest Service, Cooperative Agreement, $41,978
"Development of host preference-risk assessment maps for Eurasian woodwasp (Sirex noctilio) on southern conifer species", USDA Forest Service, Special Technology Development Grant, $148,394
"An assessment of the distribution and biology of native Siricidae and associated hymenopteran parasitoid species in Southeastern USA", USDA Forest Service, $75,000
"An Assessment of the Effects of Three Beetle Predator Species on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Forests of Southeastern USA", USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, $62,454
Miscellaneous Info
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS
-- Dr. David Coyle

GRADUATE STUDENTS
-- Jenny Staeben, Ph.D. Student, August 2009, Assessing the validity of hazard maps and cost-share prevention program for southern pine beetle in Georgia.
-- Kayla Brownell, M.S. Student, January 2010, Interactions between native and exotic bark beetles and fire in Georgia.
-- Jordan Burke, M.S. Student, January 2010, Interactions between bark beetles, fire, and fungi in southern forests.
-- Angela Mech, M.S. Student, January 2010, Assessing the impacts of beetle predators on hemlock woolly adelgid and hemlock health along the Chattooga River.
-- Brittany Barnes, M.S. Student, January 2010, Distribution and ecology of native woodwasps and their hymenopteran parasitoids in southeastern US.

RESEARCH COORDINATORS
-- Evelyn Carr
-- Jimmy Dale Porterfield

RESEARCH TECHNICIANS
-- Kris Smoot
-- Courtney Brissey
Office:
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources 331 Building 4
Phone: 706.542.4614
Fax: 706.542.8356
Lab:
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources 315 Building 4
Website for the Forest Entomology Lab