Doctoral pupil and forest entomologist Crystal Homicz of the UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology will current her thesis proposal, “Impacts and Administration of Western Pine Beetle within the Sierra Nevada Throughout a Interval of Fast Change,” at 11 a.m., Monday, April 25 through Zoom.
The Zoom hyperlink is https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/8120304398
Homicz focuses her analysis on the interactions between bark beetles and hearth, together with the impact of bark beetles on tree mortality after prescribed burning and mechanical thinning within the Sierra Nevada. She can also be monitoring will increase in gasoline masses following a western pine beetle outbreak within the southern and central Sierra Nevada.
Homicz is suggested by analysis forest entomologist Christopher Fettig of the Pacific Southwest Analysis Station, Davis, and molecular geneticist/physiologist Joanna Chiu, professor and vice chair of the division.
Fettig was a colleague of the late Steve Seybold (1959-2019), a Pacific Southwest Analysis Station analysis entomologist and a division lecturer and researcher. Seybold, who served as Homicz’ first advisor, was one of many pioneering scientists researching the newly found thousand cankers illness (TCD), attributable to the walnut twig beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis, in affiliation with the canker-producing fungus, Geosmithia morbida.
Homicz holds affiliate of science levels in biology and pure sciences from Shasta School (2016), and a bachelor of science diploma in animal biology, with an emphasis in entomology, from UC Davis (2018). Her practicum (with Seybold as advisor): “Touchdown Conduct of the Walnut Twig Beetle on Host and Non-host Hardwood Timber beneath the Affect of Aggregation Pheromone in a Northern California Riparian Forest.”
As an undergraduate pupil, Homicz served within the labs of Seybold and James Carey, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology. As a graduate pupil, she has served as a educating assistant for the Animal Biology main, and Introduction to Evolution and Ecology, and as a visitor lecturer (forest entomology) in Introduction to Entomology, ENT 10. She presents her analysis at Entomological Society of America conferences, and at forest-affiliated conferences.
Homicz taught the basics of forestry, together with forest ecology, forest measurements and silviculture, at an eight-week UC Berkeley Forestry Camp in 2019. The camp culminated with a capstone challenge of creating a forest administration plant for a 160-acre stand.
Energetic in campus and group initiatives, Homicz is a member of the UC Davis Graduate Scholar Affiliation (EGSA) and represents EGSA at conferences of the campuswide UC Davis Graduate Scholar Affiliation. She can also be a member and former treasurer of UC Davis Entomology Membership, suggested by forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey. Homicz assisted with Kimsey’s Pacific Deathwatch Beetle Surveys on Alcatraz Island.
As a volunteer on the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology, Homicz sorted and recognized specimens and built-in specimens into the museum assortment. She additionally participates within the Bohart Museum outreach actions.
An article she co-authored, “Fireplace and Insect Interactions in North American Forests,” is pending publication in Present Forest Reviews. Amongst her different publications:
- Homicz, C.S., C.J. Fettig, A.S. Munson, and D.R. Cluck. 2022. Western pine beetle. USDA Forest Service, Forest Insect and Illness Leaflet # 1, 16pp. https://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/docs/fidls/FIDL-01-WesternPineBeetle.pdf
- Homicz, C.S., J. P. Audley, Y. Chen, R. M. Bostock, S. J. Seybold. 2020. Touchdown Conduct of the Walnut Twig Beetle on Host and Non-Host Hardwood Timber beneath the Affect of Aggregation Pheromone in a Northern California Riparian Forest. Agriculture and Forest Entomology.
- Audley, J. P., C. S. Homicz, R. M. Bostock, S. J. Seybold. 2020. A Research of Touchdown Conduct by the Walnut Twig Beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis, Amongst Host and Non-Host Hardwood Timber in a Northern California Riparian Forest. Agriculture and Forest Entomology