A mathematical model of field population dynamics of the southern pine beetle, dendroctonus frontalis Academic Article uri icon


  • The southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann, is a major insect pest of pines in the southern U.S.A. A population dynamic model of D. frontalis within an infestation was developed. The model is based on the integration of several component submodels that describe individual life stage processes of the beetle. The inclusion of variable forest stand density and microclimate conditions results in a model response which closely follows actual field responses. A sensitivity analysis was performed to investigate effects of weather conditions and the importance of the spatial patterns within the forest. 1981.

published proceedings

  • Ecological Modelling

author list (cited authors)

  • Feldman, R. M., Curry, G. L., & Coulson, R. N.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Feldman, Richard M||Curry, Guy L||Coulson, Robert N

publication date

  • September 1981