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...

  • Congratulations to all of our student winners at the ESA National Meeting - Andrea Rilaković, 1st Place Undergrad Virtual Poster, Sajjan Grover, 2nd Place Grad Infographic, Jeffrey Cluever, 2nd Place Grad Infographic, Earl Agpawa, 2nd Place Undergrad Poster, Timothy Dang, 2nd Place Grad Poster, Annie Krueger, 1st Place Grad Poster and 1st Place 3-Minute Competition, Jordy Reinders, 1st Place Oral paper, Gabriela Carmona, 2nd Place Oral paper, Molly Darlington, 1st Place Oral paper, and Kelly Willemssens (SNR student), 2nd Place 3-Minute Competition. The group came in second in the number of awards won by one department.
  • Dr. Joe Louis receives the Early Career Innovation award from the Entomological Society of America
  • Congratulations to Dr. Troy Anderson on being elected Vice President Elect for the Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section of the Entomological Society of America!
  • Scott O’Neal (NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow with Troy Anderson) was recognized as the 2019 New Investigator of the Year by the American Chemical Society AGRO Division. Congratulations, Scott!
  • 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!