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Paul Rhoades

Paul Rhoades

Nursery Pest Specialist
USDA Forest Service
State, Private, and Tribal Forestry

Athens, GA
TEL: (208) 797-0000


I serve as the nursery pest specialist for the RNGR team. I have worked in plant production, plant ecology, and plant-insect interactions for over 15 years. I worked as a greenhouse manager at the University of Tennessee before moving into research studying plant-insect interactions at the University of Tennessee and the University of Idaho. Following that, I worked for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, in several program areas including mapping and eradicating invasive aquatic plants, monitoring for invasive mussels, phytosanitary security, and nursery inspection. Most of my time at this agency was spent advising nurseries and plant producers on export requirements, certifying pest-free status of plant shipments, and working with local nurseries to limit pest issues.

PhD, 2016, Entomology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
MS, 2010, Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
BS, 2003, Geology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA