Welcome to the Fortuin
Forest Invertebrate Conservation Lab
We are an interdisciplinary research lab focused on the preservation and management of biotic resources and ecosystem services in managed forests with a focus on beneficial invertebrate communities. We are conducting investigations in the impacts of pesticides, natural disturbances, and forest management practices on beneficial invertebrate communities, with the goal of promoting ecosystem resilience and sustainability in managed forests. We are based in the Department of Forestry within the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University and share lab space with Dr. Ashley Schulz's Disturbance Ecology Lab. Contact Dr. Christine Fortuin for additional information about the work of the lab, or to enquire about student opportunities. Please explore the site links for more information about what we do.
Explore Our Current Focus Areas:
Investigating non-target effects of pesticides and other environmental contaminates on native pollinators
Understanding and predicting the impacts of severe weather events on forest ecology and invertebrate communities