The NCSU forest entomology program began on Fred Hain’s arrival on the ides of March 1974. Since then 34 students completed graduate degree requirements (17 with an M.S., 2 with an M.A. and 15 with a Ph.D.) in entomology (27) or forestry (3). Currently there are 2 Ph.D. students and 1 M.S. student in the lab. The major areas of research have been host tree resistance, biological control, and Christmas tree integrated pest management. Insects being studied include the balsam woolly adelgid and the hemlock woolly adelgid.
After 38 years of teaching and research in forest entomology, Fred retired in 2011. He remains active advising graduate students, however he is not taking on new graduate students, and he is directing a non-profit called the Alliance for Saving Threatened Forests. The goals of the Alliance are to breed trees with resistance to exotic forest pests such as the hemlock woolly adelgid and the balsam woolly adelgid. At this time the forest entomology position in the Department of Entomology at NC State University remains vacant.
Currently, there are no positions or specific assistantships available.