Nadir Erbilgin, PhD

Professor, Forest Entomology & Chemical Ecology

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Renewable Resources

About Me

Research Area: Forest Entomology & Chemical Ecology

Areas of Expertise: Plant induced defenses against insects; plant induced defenses against pathogens; plant-insect-pathogen interactions; plant-herbivore-predator interactions; introduced forest insect pests; bark beetle ecology and management; population dynamics of forest insects; chemical ecology of forest insects; invasion biology and ecology; forest entomology.


Accepted or In-Press

Cale JA, M Muskens, A Najar, G Ishangulyyeva, A Hussain, SS Kanekar, JG Klutsch, S Taft, N Erbilgin. Infection by a mycangial fungus causes differential feedbacks in the susceptibility of historical and novel host pines to mountain pine beetle. Tree Physiology.

Publications in 2017

Erbilgin N, JA Cale, A Hussain, G. Ishangulyyeva, JG Klutsch, A Najar, S Zhao. 2017. Weathering the storm: How lodgepole pine trees survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Oecologia. 184: 469-478

Erbilgin N, JA Cale, I Lusebrink, A Najar, JG Klutsh, P Sherwood, E Bonello, ML Evenden. 2017. Water-deficit and fungal infection can differentially affect the production of different classes of defense compounds in two host pines of mountain pine beetle. Tree Physiology. 37: 338-350

Erbilgin N, JD Stein, RE Acciavatti, NE Gillette, SR Mori, K Bischel, JA Cale, CR Carvalho, DL Wood. 2017. A blend of ethanol and (–)-alpha-pinene were highly attractive to native siricid woodwasps (Siricidae, Siricinae) infesting conifers of the Sierra Nevada and the Allegheny Mountains. J Chemical Ecology. 43: 172-179.

Klutsch JG, A Najar, P Sherwood, P Bonello, N Erbilgin. 2017. A native parasitic plant systemically induces resistance in jack pine to a fungal symbiont of invasive mountain pine beetle. J Chemical Ecology. 43: 506-518

Klutsch JG, JA Cale, C Whitehouse, SS Kanekar, N Erbilgin. 2017. Trap trees: An effective method for monitoring mountain pine beetle activities in novel habitats. Canadian J Forest Research. 47: 1-6

Klutsch JG, SF Shamoun, N Erbilgin. 2017. Drought stress leads to systemic induced susceptibility to a nectrotrophic fungus associated with mountain pine beetle in Pinus banksiana seedlings. PLoS ONE PLoS ONE 12(12): e0189203.

Semiz G, N Erbilgin, JK Holopainen. Hylobius abietis feeding on the novel host Pinus brutia Ten. increases emission of volatile organic compounds. J Applied Entomology. 141: 133-140.

Pec GJ, J Karst, DL Taylor, PW Cigan, N Erbilgin, JEK Cooke, SW Simard, JF Cahill. 2017. Change in soil fungal community structure driven by a decline in ectomycorrhizal fungi following a mountain pine beetle outbreak. New Phytologist. 213: 864-873.

Raffa KF, CJ Mason, P Bonello, S Cook, N Erbilgin, K Keefover-Ring, JG Klutsch, C Villari, PA Townsend. 2017. Defense sydromes in lodgepole-whitebark pine ecosystems related to degree of historical exposure to mountain pine beetles. Plant Cell & Environment.40:1791-1806.

Cahill JF, JA Cale, J Karst, T Bao, G Pec, N Erbilgin. 2017. No silver bullet: Different soil handling techniques are useful for different research questions, exhibit differential type I and II error rates, and are sensitive to sampling intensity. [A response to K.O. Reinhart and M. J. Rinella. 2016. A common soil handling technique can generate incorrect estimates of soil biota effects on plants. New Phytologist 210:786-789.]. New Phytologist. 216: 11-14