Dr. Gary Brewer

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Professor of Insect Pest Management
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of Entomology
109C Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE
68583-0816
Phone: (402) 472-8040
Fax: (402) 472-4687
E-Mail: gbrewer2@unl.edu

Education:
  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

Major Activities

Administration
  • 22 years as department head or chair (NDSU 1997-2006; UNL 2006-2018)
Research
  • IPM of flies on pasture cattle in central Nebraska
  • Conservation and reintroduction of the Salt Creek tiger beetle
  • Crop IPM
Teaching
  • Led team of curricular design consultants developing a BS degree in Conservation Agriculture for the Rwandan Institute of Conservation Agriculture to be offered starting in 2019.
  • Co-Coordinator on a Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates project: Building undergraduate research and science communication skills through beneficial insect protection research and extension experiences.
  • Taught twelve different courses to undergraduate and graduate students; including both resident and distance students.

 

Recent Publications:
  • Roh, G. H., Xiaaojie, Z., Wang, Y., Cermak, S. C., Kenar, J. A., Lehmann, A. , Han, B. , Taylor, D. B., Zeng, X. , Park, C. G., Brewer, G. J. and Zhu, J. J. 2019. Spatial repellency, antifeedant activity and toxicity of three medium chain fatty acids and their methyl esters of coconut fatty acid against stable flies. Pest. Management Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.5574
  • Florez-Cuadros, M., D. Berkebile, G. Brewer, and D. B. Taylor. 2019. Effects of Diet Quality and Temperature on Stable Fly (Diptera: Muscidae) Development. Insects. 10: 207. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10070207.
  • Rault, L. C., B. D. Siegfried, A. J. Gassmann, H. Wang, G. J. Brewer, and N. J. Miller. 2018. Investigation of Cry3Bb1 Resistance and Intoxication in Western Corn Rootworm by RNA Sequencing. J. Applied Entomol 142(10): 921-936, https://doi.org/10.1111/jen.12502.
  • Zhu, Junwei J., Steven C. Cermak, James A. Kenar, Gary Brewer, Kenneth F. Haynes, Dave Boxler, Paul D. Baker, Desen Wang, Changlu Wang, Andrew Y. Li, Rui-de Xue, Yuan Shen, Fei Wang, Natasha M. Agramonte, Ulrich R. Bernier, Jaires G. de Oliveira Filho, Ligia M. F. Borges, Kristina Friesen & David B. Taylor. Better than DEET Repellent Compounds Derived from Coconut Oil. Scientific Reports 8: 14053. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-32373-7
  • Boxler, D. J., G. J. Brewer, J. Zhu, and R. N. Funston. 2017. Bio-pesticide management of pasture flies in the Great Plains via a push-pull strategy. J Animal Sci. 95: 8–8. (Abstract)
  • Spomer, S.M., G.J. Brewer, M.I Fritz, R.R. Harms, K.A. Klatt, A.M. Johns, S.A. Crosier, and J.A. Palmer. 2015. Determining optimum soil type and salinity for rearing the federally endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, Cicindela (Ellipsoptera) nevadica lincolniana Casey (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae). J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 88(4):444-449.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Brewer, G. J. 2018. Maintenance of laboratory insect colonies and evaluation of insecticides and treated materials against insect pests. Vestergaard Frandsen Inc. $32,680.
  • Golick, D., T. Anderson, G. Brewer, J., Dauer, J., Louis, J., McMechan, J., Peterson, A. Velez, T. Weissling, and J. Wu-Smart. 2018. Building undergraduate research and science communication skills through beneficial insect protection research and extension experiences. USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006555. $362,150.
  • Brewer, G. J. 2017. Increasing the Capacity of the Captive Rearing and Reintroduction Program for the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, Cicindela nevadica lincolniana. NE Game and Parks Comm. Additional funding $49,290.
  • Brewer, G. J., D. J. Boxler, K. Hanford, and M. Stockton, J. Zhu, and J. Hogsette. 2017. A Multi-Tactic Push-Pull Strategy for Controlling Stable Flies on Pasture Cattle in Nebraska and Florida.USDA-NIFA-CPPM-006264. $325,000.
  • Brewer, G. J. 2017. Maintenance of laboratory insect colonies and evaluation of insecticides and treated materials against insect pests. Vestergaard Frandsen Inc. $26,449.
  • Brewer, G. J. and D. J. Boxler. 2016. Evaluation of Zerofly Material for the Suppression of Stable Flies on Pastured Cattle. $17,806.
  • Brewer, G. J. 2016. Increasing the Capacity of the Captive Rearing and Reintroduction Program for the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, Cicindela nevadica lincolniana. NE Game and Parks Comm. Additional funding $32,500.
  • Brewer, G. J. and D. J. Boxler. 2015. Cargill Essential Oil Feedthrough. $9,815 (May - Dec 2015).
  • 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.
  • Reifenrath, W., G. J. Brewer, and D. J. Boxler. 2013. Fatty Acid Based Insecticide. USDA SBIR. $24,735.

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Insect Science major Earl Agpawa (conducting undergraduate research with Joe Louis and Eileen Hebets) was named the 2020 winner of the ESA’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Undergraduate Student Achievement Award.This is a national award that recognizes outstanding accomplishments in entomology by an undergraduate student working with insect-plant interactions. Congratulations, Earl!
  • PhD student Sajjan Grover (mentored by Joe Louis) was named the 2020 winner of the ESA’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Kenneth and Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Award. This is a national award recognizing a graduate student for outstanding work in the area of host plant resistance. Congratulations, Sajjan!
  • Dr. Joe Louis receives a grant to study resistance in sorghum to fall armyworm
  • We are well-represented in ESA North Central Branch awards this year. Déia Montezano is the 2020 John Henry Comstock Outstanding PhD Student Award winner, Gary Brewer is the 2020 recipient of the Award of Merit, and Bob Wright is the 2020 recipient of the C.V. Riley Award. Congratulations, Déia, Gary, and Bob!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Troy Anderson on being elected Vice President Elect for the Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section of the Entomological Society of America!
  • Dr. Kyle Koch named new insect diagnostician
  • Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Resource Center, and our Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alike Insects Sheet - Be Sure Before You Treat!