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Bekka S. Brodie

Bekka Brodie portrait in the woods

Visiting Professor

Biological Sciences
Wilson 302


Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Research Interests

Brodie Insect Science Lab: Wilson 307

We conduct research in the area of insect ecology and conservation. Specifically, our research focuses on understanding insect communication pathways (inter- and intra-specific communication), and plant-insect interactions. We use state-of-the-art chemical ecology, behavioral ecology, and physiology methods to advance our knowledge of insect ecology (foraging, sensory perception, and preferences) in particular for sustainable pollination (e.g., flies) and forest entomology (e.g., longhorn beetles) applications, and to develop viable monitoring techniques and strategies for poorly understood, threatened, and endangered insect species. To tackle these research avenues, we use a combination of laboratory assays, field experiments and surveys, and chemistry and chemical ecology methods (compound identification via mass spectrometry [GC-MS] and electro-antennogram [EAD]).


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I have just recently joined the department but my route to this point has been circuitous. To start, I received my B.Sc. from SUNY Oneonta and interrupted my studies with a stint in the Peace Corps (Fiji Islands) before obtaining my M.Sc. degree at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on the Chemical Ecology of Longicorn beetles (Family Cerambycidae). After which, I had another “break” in my studies and worked as an analytical chemist at the University of Maine. I then received my Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University investigating the ecology and communication pathways of blow flies (Family Calliphoridae). After graduation I moved to Romania, where I was awarded a grant from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation fund (see RO Beetle Project) that provides support for an on-going study on the chemical ecology and conservation of endangered European Longicorn beetles (Family Cerambycidae).

Representative Publications

(* Denotes undergraduate co-authors)

Brodie, B.S., T. Babcock*, A. Benn*, R. Gries, and G. Gries. 2016. Acquired Smell? Mature females of the common green bottle flies shift semiochemical preference from feces feeding sites to carrion oviposition sites. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 42(1) 40-50.

Brodie, B.S., M. Smith*, J. Lawrence*, and G. Gries. 2015. Effects of floral scent, color and pollen on foraging decisions and ovary development of the common green bottle flies. PlosOne. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145055

Brodie, B.S., W. H. L. Wong*, S. L. Vanlaerhoven, and G. Gries. 2015. Is aggregated oviposition by the blow flies Lucilia sericata and Phormia regina (Diptera: Calliphoridae) pheromone-mediated?  Insect Science. 22(5): 651-660.

Brodie, B.S., R. Gries, A. Martins*, S. Vanlaerhoven, and G. Gries. 2014. Bimodal cue complex signifies suitable oviposition sites to gravid females of the common green bottle fly. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 153(2): 114-127

Brodie, B.S., J.D. Wickham, and S.A. Teale. 2012. The effect of sex and maturation on cuticular semiochemicals of Monochamus scutellatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). The Canadian Entomologist. 144(6): 801-808.

Popescu, D.V, B.S. Brodie, M. L. Hunter, and J. D. Zydlewski. 2012. Use of olfactory cues by newly metamorphosed wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) during emigration. Copeia. (6): 424-431.

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