Faculty and Staff


Dr. William Ross

Dr. William Ross

John and Vergie Shealy Professor of Forestry

Faculty Vita


Contact Information:

Mailing Address:  School of Forestry, LA Tech University, P. O. Box 10138, Ruston, LA  71272
Physical Address (for deliveries):  School of Forestry, LA Tech University, 1501 Reese Dr., Ruston, LA 71270
Office Location:  South Campus, Lomax Hall, Room # 18 
Office Phone Number:  (318 ) 257-3944
Fax Number:  (318) 257-5061
Email Address:
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Office Hours for Fall Quarter 2012:

Monday - 8:15-9:15 a.m. and 1:30-3:30

Tuesday - 9-11 a.m.  and 1:30-3:30

Wednesday - 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Thursday - 9-11 a.m.

Please feel free to make an appointment if these hours are not suitable.




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Ph.D.-Stephen F. Austin State University, 1994, Forestry

M.S.-Stephen F. Austin State University, 1989, Forestry

B.A.-University of Texas at Austin, 1976, History



Positions Held:

Associate Professor, Louisiana Tech University School of Forestry, Ruston, LA 71272. September 2009 to present.


Assistant Professor, Louisiana Tech University School of Forestry, Ruston, LA 71272.  December 2003 to August 2009.

Courses Taught:

Forestry 312, Forest Entomology and Forestry 313, Forest Pathology


Research interests: Forest health, particularly with respect to insects and pathogens in southern United States forest ecosystems. Emphasis is on maintaining healthy productive forests using management that is economically, environmentally and socially acceptable.

Assistant Professor and Extension Forestry Specialist in the Department of Forestry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078. April 1998 – November 2003.

Responsible for forestry educational outreach to a variety of Oklahoma stakeholders. Programs included Oklahoma Master Woodland Owner, other private landowner outreach, continuing education programs for forestry professionals, programs for producers of wood and forest products, and youth programs such as 4-H Forestry competitions.


Courses Taught: Forestry 209, Silvics, Fall 1992 –Fall 1993. Introduction to Environmental Science (ENV 110) Fall 1996 – Spring 1997.



Research in a variety of forest health issues including pests of pine plantations, southern pine beetles and red-cockaded woodpeckers.

Various capacities ranging from Graduate Assistant to Lecturer and Research Associate. Arthur Temple College of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX  75961. January 1987 – March 1998.

Selected Publications:

Ross, W.G., Kulhavy, D.L. and Sun, J. 2005. Effects of fertilization  and herbicides on growth of young loblolly pine and infestations of 

Nantucket pine tip moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Insect Science  (2005) 12, 367-374.
Kulhavy, D.L, W.G. Ross and D.L. McDonald. 2004. Values of Wilderness Areas: Southern Pine Beetle Epidemics.  North American Geographer (Vol. 4).



Clendendin, M. and W. G. Ross2001. Effects of cool season prescribed fire on a pine-hardwood upland in east Texas. Texas J. Sci. 53(1): 65-78.

Conner, R.N., D. Saenz, D.C. Rudolph, W.G. Ross, D.L. Kulhavy and R. N. Coulson. 2001. Does red-cockaded woodpecker excavation of resin wells increase risk of bark beetle infestation of cavity trees?  The Auk 118(1): 219-224.


Hacker, W. D., Ross, W.G. and Kulhavy, D. L. 1999. Changes in understory woody vegetation in red-cockaded woodpecker nesting clusters. Tex. J. Sci. 51 (3): 225-230.