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Turcotte, Richard

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Richard (Rick) Turcotte is the forest health group leader with the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry in Morgantown WV.  His work focuses on forest health protection and the detection, monitoring and management of forest insects and diseases.  Turcotte received his B.S. Environmental Science from Central Connecticut State University in 1990, his M.S. in Agricultural Biology from New Mexico State University in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science from West Virginia University in 2016.   He was an entomologist with the Agricultural Research Service from 1993-2002 and has been with the US Forest Service since 2002.


  1. Fajvan, M.A., A. Hille, and R.M. Turcotte. 2019. Managing understory Fagus grandifolia for promoting regeneration diversity and beech bark disease resistance in Northern Hardwood stands, Pennsylvania, USA. Forest Science, fxz023.
  2. Tobin, P.C. and R.M. Turcotte. 2018. Phenology of hemlock woolly adelgid (Hemiptera: Adeligidae) in the central Appalachian Mountains, USA. Journal of Economic Entomology, 111(5):2483-2487.

  3. Turcotte, R. M., A. Lagalante, J. Jones, F. Cook, T. Elliott, A. A. Billings, and Y.-L. Park. 2017. Spatial and temporal distribution of imidacloprid within the crown of eastern hemlock. Journal of Insect Science, 17(1) doi:10.1093/jisesa/iew120.
  4. Turcotte, R. M., Larcenaire, C.L, Long, R., Martin, D. K. H and L. Barringer. 2017. The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae): a new pest of concern for black cherry, Prunus serotina on the High Allegheny Plateau in Pennsylvania. Entomological News 127(4):1-8.
  5. Tobin, P.C., Turcotte, R.M., Blackburn, L.M., Juracko, J.A. and B.T. Simpson. 2017. The big chill: Quantifying the effect of the 2014 North American cold wave on hemlock woolly adelgid populations in the central Appalachian Mountains. Population Ecology 59(3): 1-8.
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