Dr. Gary Brewer

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Department Head
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of Entomology
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE
Phone: (402) 472-8040
Fax: (402) 472-4687

  1. B.S. in Zoology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1974
  2. M.S. in Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1978
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, Kansas State University, 1984

Professional Responsibilities and Activities

My primary responsibility is as Department Head of Entomology. I also currently teach 3 classes and have a research project on livestock entomology to develop new IPM tactics including the use of repellents and attractants in a push-pull system. Other projects include collaborations on crop IPM systems and conservation of the federally endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.


Courses Taught:

Biological Insect Control

Current Issues in Entomology

Entomology and Pest Management

General Entomology

Graduate Seminar

Humans, Insects, and the Environment

Insect Plant Interactions. Lead Instructor, co-taught with Kansas State Univ. and UNL faculty.

Insect Science Capstone Experience

Integrated Pest Management

Plant Resistance to Insects

Readings in Plant Resistance to Insects

Undergraduate Research Seminar, 2012



ESCOP-ACOP Leadership Development Fellowship, 1999

Expert Reviewer, USDA-ARS, Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory, Sidney, MT, 2002

President of the NC Branch of Entomology Soc. America, 2004/2005

Council Entomology Dept. Administrator (CEDA), Chair, 2006

Kansas State University, Department of Entomology, Distinguished Alumnus, 2009

Council for Agric. Sci. Tech (CAST), Board of Representatives. Council Entomology Dept. Administrator representative, 2014-2016. Chair of Plant Work Group (2015).

Entomology Soc. America Governing Board, 2015-2018


Recent Publications:

2015    Tangtrakulwanich, K., T. A. Albuquerque, G. J. Brewer, F. P. Baxendale, L. Zurek, D. N. Miller, D. B. Taylor, K. A. Friesen, J. J. Zhu. 2015. Behavioral responses of stable flies to cattle manure slurry associated odorant. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. doi: 10.1111/mve.12103.

2014    Zhu, J.J., G. J. Brewer, D. J. Boxler, K. Friesen, D. B. Taylor. 2014. Comparisons of antifeedancy and spatial repellency from three natural product repellents against horn flies, Haematobia irritans (Diptera: Muscidae). Pest. Manag. Sci.1526-4998. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ps.3960.

2012    Tangtrakulwanich, K. 2012. Sensory morphology and chemical ecology of the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans: host-seeking and ovipositional selection. PhD dissertation. Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln.

2011    Zhu, J., D. Berkebile, C. Dunlap, A. Zhang, D. Boxler, K. Tangtrakulwanich, R. Behle, F.  Baxendale, G. Brewer. 2011. Nepetalactones from essential oil of Nepeta Cataria represent a stable fly feeding and ovipositional repellent. Med. Vet. Entomol. 26 (2): 131-138.

Tangtrakulwanich, K., H. Chen, F. Baxendale, G. Brewer, and J. J. Zhu. 2011.  Characterization of olfactory sensilla of Stomoxys calcitrans and electrophysiological responses to odorant compounds associated with hosts and oviposition media. Med. Vet. Entomol. 25 (3): 327–336.

Zhu, J., A. Y. Li, S. Pritchard, K. Tangtrakulwanich, F. P. Baxendale, and G. Brewer. 2011.  Contact and fumigant toxicity of a botanical-based feeding deterrent of the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans (Diptera: Muscidae). J. Agric. Food Chem. 59 (18): 10394-10400.


Recent Grants:

2015    Brewer, G. J. and D. J. Boxler. 2015. Cargill Essential Oil Feedthrough. $9,815 (May - Dec 2015)..

2014    Brewer, G. J. 2014. Increasing the Capacity of the Captive Rearing and Reintroduction Program for the Salt Creek tiger beetle, Cicindela nevadica lincolniana. NE Game and Parks Comm. $62,900.

            Brewer, G. J. and D. J. Boxler. 2014. Fatty Acid Based Insecticide. USDA SBIR. $10,364.

2013    Reifenrath, W., G. J. Brewer, and D. J. Boxler. 2013. Fatty Acid Based Insecticide. USDA SBIR. $24,735.

2012    Brewer, G. J., J. Zhu, and D. J. Boxler. 2012. Biopesticide management of pasture flies in the Great Plains via a push-pull strategy. USDA PMAP $200,000.

2011    Brewer, G. 2011. Biology and Conservation of the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. NE Game and Parks Comm. $6,600

            Brewer, G. 2011. Salt Creek Tiger Beetle Preventing Extinction. US Fish and Wildlife Ser. $7,7009

            Brewer, G. 2011. Salt Creek Tiger Beetle Rearing and Reintroduction. US Fish and Wildlife Ser. $45,600.

            Boxler, D., and G. Brewer. 2011. A Comparative Field Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Corathon Ear Tags for Control of Horn Flies, Face Flies, and Stable Flies Infesting Stocker Cattle and Evaluate Added Weight Gain due to Fly Control. Bayer Corp. $73,477.

            Hein, G., M. Lagrimini, J. Steadman, and G. Brewer. 2011. National Needs Fellow: Integrated practitioners for tomorrow's sustainable agricultural systems. USDA CSREES. $234,000.

2010    Brewer, G., S. Spomer, and R. Cortinas. 2010. Assessing populations of the Salt Creek tiger beetle. $4,340.

            Stone, J. and G. Brewer. 2010. IANR Research Strategic Planning Grant:  Plant Stress Biology Initiative. $15,000.

            Reifenrath, W, G Brewer, B Siegfried, M Cortinas, D Boxler. 2010. Fatty acid based insecticides for mosquito management. Foundation NIH. $1,185,395 requested (NE sub award 356,518). $400,000 awarded, not accepted.

2009    Weissling, T. and G. Brewer. 2009. Extended Education and Outreach, Application for Funding and Course Offering Agreement, Insect Plant Interactions. $3,000.

2008    Hein, G., M. Lagrimini, J. Steadman, and G. Brewer. 2008. Integrated Practitioners for Tomorrows Sustainable Agricultural Systems. USDA CSREES National Needs Fellowship. $234,000.

2007    Brewer, G. J. and F. Baxendale. 2007. Identifying critical stimuli for attraction and oviposition of stable fly populations.  USDA ARS Special Cooperative Agreement, $80,000.