Nadir Erbilgin

Nadir Erbilgin

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair. Forest entomology and chemical ecology

Phone: 780-492-8693
Department: Renewable Resources
Office: 442 Earth Sciences
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
442 Earth Sciences
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E3

Nadir Erbilgin is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.

Research Area: Forest entomology and 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.

University of Alberta Libraries Education and Research Archive - Collections in Department of Renewable Resources 

Seeking multiple graduate students in fungi-plant interactions at the University of Alberta

Recent Publications

Accepted or In-Press

Therrien J, CJ Mason, JA Cale, A Adams, BH Aukema, CR Currie, KF Raffa, N Erbilgin. Bacteria influence mountain pine beetle brood development through interactions with symbiotic and antagonistic fungi: implications to climate-driven host range expansion. Oecologia.

Sullivan BT, N Erbilgin. Evidence for divergence in cuticular hydrocarbon sex pheromone between California and Mississippi populations of bark beetle parasitoid Roptrocerus xylophagorum (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). Canadian Entomologist.

Karst J†, N Erbilgin†, PW Cigan, JC Cahill, S Simard. Ectomycorrhizal fungi mediate indirect effects of a beetle outbreak on secondary chemistry and establishment of pine seedlings. New Phytologist. †These authors contributed equally to this work.


Taft S, A Najar, N Erbilgin. Pheromone production by an invasive bark beetle varies with monoterpene composition of its naïve host. J Chemical Ecology. 41:540–549

Taft S, A Najar, J Godbout, J Bousquet, N Erbilgin. Variation in foliar monoterpenes across the range of jack pine reveal three widespread chemotypes: implications to host expansion of invasive mountain pine beetle. Frontiers in Plant Sciences. 6: 342. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00342.

Cigan PW, J Karst, JF Cahill, Jr., AN Sywenky, GJ Pec, N Erbilgin. Influence of bark beetle outbreaks on nutrient cycling in native pine stands in western Canada. Plant & Soil. 390: 29-47

Pec GJ, J Karst, AN Sywenky, PW Cigan, N Erbilgin, SW Simard, JF Cahill. Rapid increases in forest understory diversity and productivity following a mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreak in pine forests. Plus One 10 (4): e0124691

Tabacaru CA, N Erbilgin. Competitors and natural enemies may cumulatively mediate Dendroctonus ponderosae colonization of burned Pinus forests. Forest Ecology & Management. 337: 98-109.

Goodsman DW, JS Goodsman, DW McKenney, VJ Lieffers, N Erbilgin. Too much of a good thing: landscape-scale facilitation eventually turns into competition between a lepidopteran defoliator and a bark beetle. Landscape Ecology. 30: 301-312.


Erbilgin N, AD Galvez, B Zhang, A Najar. Resource availability and repeated defoliation mediate compensatory growth in trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) seedlings. PeerJ 2:e491; DOI 10.7717/peerj.491

Erbilgin N, C Ma, C Whitehouse, B Shan**, A Najar, M Evenden. Chemical similarity between historical and novel host plants promotes range and host expansion of the mountain pine beetle in a naïve host ecosystem. New Phytologist. 201:940-950

Najar A, SM Landhäusser, JGA Whitehill**, P Bonello, N Erbilgin. Reserves accumulated in non-photosynthetic organs during the previous growing season drive plant defenses and growth in aspen in the subsequent growing season. J Chemical Ecology. 40: 21-30

Wick AA, S Pruss, JR Spence, N Erbilgin. Microhabitat use in a northern peripheral population of Apodemia mormo: factors beyond the host plant. Journal of Lepidopterists’ Society. 68: 54-60

Treu R, J Karst, M Randall*, GJ Pec, P Cigan, S Simard, J Cooke, N Erbilgin, JF Cahill. Decline of ectomycorrhizal fungi following mountain pine beetle infestation. Ecology 95: 1096–1103


Lusebrink I, N Erbilgin, M Evenden. The lodgepole × jack pine hybrid zone in Alberta, Canada: a stepping stone for the mountain pine beetle on its journey east across the boreal forest? Journal of Chemical Ecology . 39:1209-1220.

Adams AS, FO Aylward, SM Adams, N Erbilgin, B Aukema, CR Currie, G Suen, KF Raffa. Mountain pine beetles colonizing historical and naïve host trees are associated with a bacterial community highly enriched in genes contributing to terpene metabolism. Applied & Environmental Microbiology. 79: 3468-3475.

Goodsman DW, I Lusebrink**, SM Landhäusser, N Erbilgin, VJ Lieffers. Hierarchies in carbon availability, defense chemistry and susceptibility to fungal invasion along tree boles. New Phytologist. 197: 586–594.

McPherson BA, N Erbilgin, P Bonello, DL Wood. Diverse fungal species are introduced into Phytophthora ramorum-infected coast live oaks following ambrosia beetle colonization in northern California. Forest Ecology & Management. 291:30–42.


Erbilgin N, LJ Colgan. Differential effects of plant ontogeny and damage type on phloem and foliage monoterpenes in jack pine (Pinus banksiana). Tree Physiology. 32: 946–957.

Goodsman D, N Erbilgin, V Lieffers. The impact of phloem nutrients on overwintering mountain pine beetles and their fungal symbionts. Environmental Entomology. 41: 478-486.

Wick AA, J Janelle, S Pruss, N Erbilgin. First observations of Mormon Metalmark (Apodemia mormo) oviposition behaviour in Canada. Canadian Field Naturalist. 126: 34-37.

Gillette NE, EM Hansen, CJ Mehmel, SR Mori, JN Webster, N Erbilgin, DL Wood. Area-wide application of verbenone-releasing flakes reduces mortality of whitebark pine, Pinus albicaulis caused by the mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae (Coleoptera: Scolytinae). Agriculture and Forest Entomology 14: 367–375.

Gillette NE, JM Constance, SR Mori, JN Webster, DL Wood, N Erbilgin, DR Owen. The push-pull tactic for mitigation of mountain pine beetle in lodgepole and whitebark pines: breaching the maginot line. Environmental Entomology. 41: 1575–1586.