Scott Salom

Professor

  • Professor
  • Forest Entomology

Education

B.S. (1981), Iowa State University 

M.S. (1985), University of Arkansas 

Ph.D. (1989), University of British Columbia

Professional Memberships

  • Entomological Society of America
  • International Organization of Biological Control
  • International Union of Forestry Research Organizations
  • Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Southern Forest Insect Work Conference

Recent Awards

  • 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

  • 2009 A. D. Hopkins Award - Southern Forest Insect Work Conference
  • 2008 Award for Excellence in Applied Research - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2008 Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management - Eastern Branch, Entomological Society of America

Courses Taught

  • ENT 5264 Biological Control of Arthropod Pests and Weeds  (odd years –spring semester)
  • FOR 4514 Forest and Tree Pest Management (fall semester every year) Co-Instructor is Rachel Brooks (SPES)
  • GRAD 6984 Advocacy, Science, and Policy of Invasive Species (Offered spring, 2019) Co-instructors:  Drs. Jacob Barney (SPES), David Haak (SPES) Todd Schenk  (SPIA)

Current Positions of Past Students and Research Faculty (Including Honors and Awards They Received While Affiliated With Virginia Tech)

  • Chris Fettig (M.S. 1996) - Research Entomologist and Team Leader, USDA Forest Service, Pacific S.W. Res. Sta., Davis, CA (email: cfettig@fs.fed.us  Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/snrc/staff/cfettig/)
  • Don Grosman (Ph.D. 1996) - Technology Advancement Manager, Arborjet, Inc.  99 Blueberry Hill Rd., Woburn, MA (e-mail: dgrosman@arborjet.com) • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid Research Award (1993); VT Grad Res. Assoc. Res. Grant (1994); James Grayson Scholarship for Outstanding Ph.D. student in Department of Entomology (1996) 
  • Quintin McClellan (Res. Associate 1993-2000)  - Owner, Total Tree Health Care (https://www.totaltreehealthcare.com), Radford, VA. (e-mail: treedoctor@live.com)
  • Gabriella Zilahi-Balogh (Ph.D. 2001 and (Res Scientest - 2001-03) - Entomologist & Acting Western Area Forest Pest Specialist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Kelowna, BC. Canada (email: Gabriella.Zilahi-Balogh@inspection.gc.ca)• James Grayson Scholarship for Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Department of Entomology (2000); Honorable mention student paper competition Joint Ent. Soc of Canada/Ent. Soc of America Annual Meeting (2000); Ph.D. Research Award, VT Chapter of Sigma Xi (2002); J. H. Comstock Award for Eastern Branch - Entomological Society of America (2002); Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Dept. of Entomology, VT (2009)
  • Corey Broeckling (M.S. 2002) - Director, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO. (e-mail: cbroeckl@lamar.colostate.edu) • President's Prize for Student Paper Competition in the Ecology/Behavior Section at the National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (2001) 
  • Holly Gatton (M.S. 2005) - Project Manager, Virginia Tech Pesticides Program, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (e-mail: hgatton@vt.edu)
  • Ashley Lamb Galloway (Ph.D. 2005) and (Post-doctoral Associate - 2005-10) Biology Instructor, Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN (e-mail: gallowayab@roanestate.edu) • Honorable Mention for Student Paper Competition in the Biological Control Section of the National Meeting of the Entomol. Soc. of Amer. (2001); Asa Fitch Award (Outstanding M.S. student) Annual Eastern Branch - Entomological Society of America (2002); Served two consecutive terms as President of the Virginia Tech Entomology Graduate Student Alwood Society (2002-04); Awarded the Gene A. and Ina Mae James graduate student tuition scholarship (2003); James Grayson Scholarship Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Entomology (2005)
  • Jeffrey Fidgen (Res. Associate: 2000-2006) - Biologist-II, Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON (e-mail: Jeff.Fidgen@NRCan.gc.ca)
  • Robbie Flowers (Ph.D. 2006) - Forest Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, FHP, PNW Region (e-mail: robbiewflowers@fs.fed.us) • 2nd Place in Student Poster Competition at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch - Entomological Society of America (2005); Served as President of the Virginia Tech Entomology Graduate Student Alwood Society (2005-06); James Grayson Scholarship Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Entomology (2006); Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Dept. of Entomology (2008)
  • Grace Lim (Ph.D. 2007) – Part-time science writer and editor for Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. (e-mail: gracetabithalim@gmail.com) •  Kozstarab Award for Systematics, Dept. of Entomology (2007); 2nd place Award in College and Life Sciences Category.  Virginia Tech Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium (2007)
  • David Mausel (Ph.D. 2007) - Forest Health Forester, Menominee Tribal Enterprises, Neopit, WI, (e-mail: davidm@mtewood.com) • James Grayson Scholarship Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Entomology (2007); Ph.D. Research Award, Virginia Tech Chapter – Sigma Xi (2008); Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Dept. of Entomology (2018)
  • Brian Eisenback (Ph.D. 2008) - Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of the Area of Scientific Learning, Milligan College, TN 37682  (e-mail: BMEisenback@milligan.edu) • 1st place award for Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of Eastern Branch - Entomological Society of America (2006); James Grayson Scholarship Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Entomology (2008); Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Dept. of Entomology (2016)
  • Heather Story (M.S. 2010) - Technician, Baton Rouge Pest Control, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA. (e-mail: derodontidae22@gmail.com)
  • Theresa Dellinger (Res. Associate: 2006-2009) - Lab Technician for Insect I.D. Lab, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech (e-mail: tdelling@vt.edu)
  • Nathan Herrick (Ph.D. 2011) – Research  Associate, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (e-mail: nherrick@ksu.edu )  •  Cunningham University Fellowship (2006-08)
  • Gina Davis (Ph.D. 2011) - Coeur d'Alene Office Group Leader, Forest Health Protection, USDA Forest Service, Coeur d'Alene, ID (e-mail: ginadavis@fs.fed.us) •  President's Prize for 1st place oral presentation in the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section at Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (2009); Watkins Family Scholarship (2010); Co-recipient of Kozstarab Award for Systematics, Dept. of Entomology (2011)
  • Amy Snyder (M.S. 2011) - Stormwater Coordinator, City of Oak Ridge, TN (e-mail: amys186@gmail.com) • 2nd Place in M.S. poster competition at 5th North American Forest Insect Work Conference (2011)
  • Ligia Cota Vieira (Ph.D. 2013) - Post-doctoral Research Associate, Entomology Institute, Biology Center AS CR, Branisovska 31/160, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.(e-mail: lcotavieira@gmail.com) • Ph.D. Research Award, VT Chapter of Sigma Xi (2012); James Grayson Scholarship Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Entomology, VT (2013); Outstanding Doctoral Student, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, VT (2013); Roger F. Anderson Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Southern Forest Entomology - Sponsored by the Southern Forest Insect Work Conference (2013)
  • Melissa Fischer (Ph.D. 2013) - Forest Health Specialist, NE Region, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (e-mail: Melissa.Fischer@dnr.wa.gov) •  NSF Scholarship in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) (2010-2013); David R. Spence Tuition Scholarship (2011-2012); GSA Graduate Research Development Program Grant (2012); Glady and Clarence Hill Travel Scholarship (2013)
  • Anne Jones (M.S. 2013) - Ph.D. student, Department of Entomology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (e-mail: acj152@psu.edu) • Hill Travel Scholarship (2013); James Grayson Scholarship Award for Outstanding M.S. Student, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech  2013); Asa Fitch Award for Outstanding M.S. student for the Entomological Society of America – Eastern Branch (2014)
  • Katlin Mooneyham (M.S. 2015) - Forest Health Specialist, VA Dept. of Forestry, Charlottesville, VA (e-mail: Katlin.mooneyham@dof.virginia.gov) •  Cyrus H. McCormick Graduate Scholarship; James Grayson Scholarship 1st place award for outstanding M.S. student in the Department of Entomology (2016).
  • Kenton Sumpter (M.S. 2016) – Environmental Resources Specialist II, W.V. Dept of Environ. Protection (e-mail: klsumpter0@gmail.com) •  President’s Prize (1st place) for Graduate Student 10-minute paper competition, 2016 Joint Meeting of the International Congress of Entomology and Entomological Society of America. 
  • Ariel Heminger (M.S. 2017) – Ph.D. student, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (e-mail: arielh@vt.edu) •  Alwood Extension Award at the M.S. Level (2017)
  • Molly Darr (Ph.D. 2017) - Post-doctoral Extension Associate, Clemson University  (e-mail: darr.molly@gmail.com) •  The Gladys and Clarence Hill Travel Scholarship (2014); GSA Travel Fund (2014); GSA Graduate Research Development Program Grant (2014 and 2015); Co-recipient of the Entomology Department’s Alwood Extension Award (2016); First Place Oral Presentation Award7th Annual Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation Graduate Research Symposium at Virginia Tech (2015); President’s Prize (1st place) for Graduate Student 10-minute paper competition for the Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting (2015); James Grayson Scholarship Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Student (3rd place), Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech  (2017)
  • Holly Wantuch (Ph.D. 2017) - Post-doctoral Assistant, Dept of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.  (email:   hwantuch@purdue.edu)  William T. Steel, Jr. Tuition Scholarship, Fall, 2016
  • Ashley Toland (M.S. 2018) - Eradication Entomologist, Integrated Pest Prevention and Management Program, Oregon Department of Agriculture. (e-mail: atoland@oda.state.or.us)  • Watkins Family Tuition Scholarship  2017

A full list of Dr. Salom's publications can be found here.

We work on forest insect and weed pests. The research questions we ask are driven by the nature of the pest problems that require us to study their biology and interactions with hosts and habitat.  The goal is to develop tools and strategies to improve management for those pests.  Recently our work has emphasized the biological control of the following:

·      THE HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID (HWA), a devastating insect pest of eastern and Carolina hemlocks;

·      TREE OF HEAVEN (TOH), a noxious weed that displaces native vegetation in disturbed settings;

·      EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB), a killer of all native ash trees.

Currently Funded Project Titles:

Hemlock woolly adelgid

o   Collection and Mass Rearing of the interior strain of Laricobius nigrinus and Laricobius osakensis, specialist predators of hemlock woolly adelgid (Salom – PI)

o   Release and establishment of Laricobius osakensis, a new predator of hemlock woolly adelgid from Japan (Salom - PI)

o   Testing a potential area-wide IPM strategy for managing hemlock woolly adelgid in the eastern United States (Salom, Carlyle Brewster, and Bud Mayfield - co-PIs)

o   Impact assessment of the coastal strain of Laricobius nigrinus on hemlock woolly adelgid (Salom, Joe Elkinton, Jerome Grant, Bud Mayfield – co-PIs)

o   Information systems in the hemlock woolly adelgid predator release and monitoring program and the development of an HWA online portal (Andy Roberts, Mannin Dodd, Noel Schneeberger, and Salom co-PIs)

o   Biological studies and evaluation of Scymnus coniferarum, a predator of hemlock woolly adelgid from western North America (Salom – PI)

Tree of Heaven

o   Biological control of tree of heaven: large scale deployment and enhanced formulation of the regionally successful Verticillium biocontrol of the invasive Ailanthus altissima (Matt Kasson and Scott Salom – co-PIs)

Emerald Ash Borer

o   Assessing the potential of two parasitoids of emerald ash borer, Spathius galinae and Testrastichus planipennisi in Virginia forests

 

Personnel

Staff

Carrie Jubb (cjubb@vt.edu)

Ryan Mays (rymays@vt.edu)

Tom McAvoy (tmcavoy@vt.edu)

Kari Stanley (karis2@vt.edu)

Students

Rachel Brooks - Ph.D. student in SPES since fall 2016 (rkbrooks@vt.edu)

Jeremiah Foley - Ph.D. student since fall 2017 (folejr@vt.edu)

Carrie Jubb - M.S. student since spring 2017 (cjubb@vt.edu)

Max Ragozzino – Ph.D. student since fall 2015 (maxri@vt.edu)

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