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SESAF honors Gandhi, Westcot at annual meeting

Warnell's Dr. Kamal Gandhi and Gail Westcot, who is the director of the Mary Kahrs Warnell Education Center, were both honored recently for their contributions to forestry.

Gandhi, associate professor of forest entomology, and Westcot were recognized at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters in late January. Gandhi received the Research and Development Award, and Westcot won the Public Education and Technology Transfer Award.

Both Gandhi and Westcot accepted their awards at the 2017 SESAF Annual Meeting in Florida.

Seminar: Insecticide use for promoting forest health

Forest Health Specialist

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth McCarty

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Campus address

122 S. Entomology Drive, Tifton, GA
Lab Location:
122 S. Entomology Drive, Tifton, GA
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2016
M.S., Biology, University of South Alabama, 2006
B.S., Biology, University of Mobile, 2002


Research Areas Detail:

Current Research Areas

- Pine tip moth phenology and management

- Environmental effects of pesticide use in forests




Recent Citations:

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.


Forest Health

Trees for Bees

Pesticide Safety


Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Warnell