The Forest Products Laboratory’s Durability and Wood Protection research unit welcomes two new members to its team.
Dr. Mark Mankowski recently joined the team at the Starkville, Miss., location as a Research Entomologist. Dr. Mankowski holds a M.S. degree in Entomology and a Ph.D. in Forest Products from Oregon State University. Mark has researched pacific dampwood termites, bark beetles, wood decay, and carpenter ants. His post-doctoral work on the Formosan Subterranean Termite was conducted at the University of Hawaii. He later worked in industry for US Borax as a research and development specialist in the borate wood preservation/biocides division.
Mark has worked with the product stewardship associated with biocides and the development of testing and treatment standards associated with chemical wood preservatives. His current role capitalizes on his expertise in entomology, termite biology, and forest products durability to conduct and report scientific research associated with termites, insect-fungal interactions, wood decay, and the investigation and development of measures to enhance wood products durability.
Dr. Juliet D. Tang has also joined the staff in Starkville as a Research Forest Products Technologist. She has a Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the Department of Forest Products at Mississippi State University. Dr. Tang’s experience in pheromone biology, insecticide resistance, and molecular biology will complement the Forest Service mission to improve wood durability through basic and applied research. She is particularly interested in understanding how genes of microbes and termites govern their physiology, behavior, and interactions so that novel sustainable wood protection agents can be developed.