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Robert Coulson

Coulson, Robert
Robert Coulson
Professor, Director - Knowledge Engineering Laboratory
408 Heep
(979) 845-9725
Undergraduate Education
B.S. Biology, Furman University
Graduate Education
M.S. Entomology, University of Georgia
Ph.D. Entomology, University of Georgia
Post-Doctorate, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia

Professional Summary

Dr. Coulson joined the Texas A&M University System as Principal Entomologist with the Texas Forest Service and Assistant Professor with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.  Subsequently, he received an academic appointment with the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Coulson’s research has been transdisciplinary in approach and directed to investigations of the activities and impacts of insects and other taxa in forest, prairie, savanna, agricultural, and urban landscapes.  The research addresses issues of significance to ecological science as well landscape-use management.  In 1984 he co-founded the Knowledge Engineering Laboratory (KEL) <http://kelab.tamu.edu/>to facilitate research and development of computer applications for planning, problem-solving and decisionmaking in environmental science and management.  Focus of KEL research is directed to landscape-scale problems that require integration, interpretation, and use of different representations of knowledge. Special emphasis has been placed on ways and means of blending qualitative heuristic knowledge of experts with quantitative information that results from scientific investigations.

Coulson’s research accomplishments have been recognized at local (Former Student Association Faculty Achievement Award for Research, Texas A&M University), State (Award of Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Achievements in Forest Research, Texas Forestry Association), regional (A. D. Hopkins Award, Southern Forest Insect Work Conference), and national (J. E. Bussart Award and Fellow of Entomological Society of America) levels.  Dr. Coulson teaches an undergraduate course in forest protection and a graduate course in landscape ecology <http://kelab.tamu.edu/coulson/>.  He co-authored textbooks for these subjects: Forest Entomology (John Wiley and Sons. 1984) and Basic Landscape Ecology (KEL Partners, Inc. 2010. Objectively verifiable indicators of Dr. Coulson’s research and grantsmanship can be viewed at <https://kelab.tamu.edu/coulson/FullVita.aspx>. He has received $909,000 extramural funding for his research in the past five years. During his tenure at Texas A&M he has received $10,584,00 in research funding. His Google Scholar h-index is 42 and i10-index is 133. His research, reported in 144 peer-reviewed publications, has been cited 6343 times. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, International Association for Landscape Ecology, and the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations.  He is a regular contributor to the scientific agenda of these societies.

Research Areas of Expertise

Forest Entomology, Insect Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Landscape-use management.

Selected Publications

Esquivel, I. L., M. J. Brewer, and R. N. Coulson. 2020. Field edge and field-to-field type influences on two cotton herbivores: cotton fleahopper, Pseudatomoscelis seriatus (Hemiptera:Miridae), and Verde plant bug, Creontiades signatus. Journal Econ. Entomol. Doi.org/http://10.1093/jee/toaa137

Kantola T, J. L. Tracy, K. A. Baum, M. A. Quinn, and R. N. Coulson (2019) Spatial risk assessment of eastern monarch butterfly road mortality during autumn migration within the southern corridor. Biological Conservation 231:150-160

Tracy J.L., T. Kantola, K. A. Baum, and R. N. Coulson (2019) Modeling fall migration pathways and spatially identifying potential migratory hazards for the eastern monarch butterfly. Landscape Ecology 34:443-458

Kantola, T., J. L. Tracy, P. Lyytinäinen-Saarenmaa, H. Saarenmaa, R. N. Coulson, A. Trabucco, M. Holopainen. (2019). Hemlock woolly adelgid niche models for the invasive eastern North American range with projections to native ranges and future climates. iForest –Biogeosciences and Forestry. Doi:103823/ifor2883-012

Fitzgerald, M., R. Coulson, A. M. Lawing, T. Matsuzawa, K. Koops. 2018. Modeling habitat suitability for chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) in the Greater Nimba Landscape, Guinea, West Africa. Primates: https ://doi.org/10.1007/s1032 9-018-0657-8

Tracy, J. L., A. Trabucco, A. M. Lawing, J. T. Giermakowski, M. D. Tchakerian, G. M Drus, and R. N. Coulson. 2018. Random subset feature selection for ecological niche models of wildfire activity in Western North America. Ecol. Modeling.383: 52-68.