Welcome to the Team Dr. Kelly Oten!

— Written By Kristin Wing

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kelly Oten to the NC State Extension Forestry Team!

Dr. Kelly Oten smiling and wearing a short-sleeve blue and white striped shirt

Dr. Kelly Oten is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest Health and joined on August 10, 2020. She joins us from the North Carolina Forest Service, where she worked with the Forest Health program since 2012. Kelly has degrees in entomology from Texas A&M, University of Tennessee, and most recently, a Ph.D. from NC State University with a minor in Forestry. She has been an Adjunct Professor in Entomology & Plant Pathology with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) since 2012

Kelly says, “With so many threats to our forests being introduced or exacerbated, the field of Forest Health is increasingly important in the protection of our natural resources. I feel lucky to get to study what I love in pursuit of making the world a better place for not only ourselves, but our future generations.”
Dr. Kelly Oten in the field examining a treeKelly’s office will be on the 4th floor with the extension group in Jordan Addition. You can reach her at (919-515-5573) or Kelly_Oten@ncsu.edu Please welcome her to the CNR family!