Nadir Erbilgin

Nadir Erbilgin

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

Phone: 780-492-8693
Department: Renewable Resources
Office: 230A Earth Sciences
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
230A 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.

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Seeking PhD Students in the Field of Chemical Ecology

Recent Publications

Accepted or In-Press

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.

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 Lepidopterist.

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


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.