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Bekka S. Brodie

Bekka Brodie portrait in the woods

Visiting Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences
Wilson West (Research Wing) 302 (office) and 307 (lab)


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

Research Interests

Brodie Insect Science Lab

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., native pollinators), forest entomology (e.g., longhorn beetles) applications, and integrated pest management (e.g. flies). 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]).


For updates on research as-it-happens, follow @BugswithBekka, #OUinsects on Twitter, or check out the website


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 that provides support for an on-going study on the chemical ecology and conservation of endangered European Longicorn beetles (Family Cerambycidae). I am now happy to be a member of the faculty in the Biological Sciences Department at Ohio University!

Representative Publications

(* Denotes undergraduate co-authors)

Brodie, B.S., A. Renyard*, S. Ogilvie*, J. Avery*, H. Zhai, R. Gries, and G. Gries. 2018. Multi-modal communication of the skunk cabbage beetle, Pelecomalium testaceum (Family Staphylinidae). Arthropod – Plant Interactions. 12:591-599.

Yan, G., S. Liu, A. Schlink, G. Flematti, B.S. Brodie, B. Bohman, J. C. Greeff, P.E. Vercoe, J. Hu, and G.B. Martin. 2018. Behavior and electrophysiological response of Lucilia cuprina (Diptera: Calliphoridae) to carrion-associated compounds. Journal of Economic Entomology. 111, 4:1958-1965.

Takacs S., A.E. Musso, R. Gries, E. Rozenberg, J.H. Borden, B.S. Brodie and G. Gries. 2017. New engineered food baits for trapping house mice, black rats, and brown rats. Applied Animal Behavior Science. 200:130-135.

Eichorn, C.E.*, M. Hrabar, E. Van Ryn*, B.S. Brodie, A. Blake, and G. Gries. 2017.  How flies are flirting on the fly. BMC Biology. 15:2. (F1000 Recommended)

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. Pollen-seeking blow flies forage on ox-eye daisies, Chysanthemum leucanthemum, with visual and semiochemical cues. PloS ONE 10(12): e0145055.

Brodie, B.S., W. H. L. Wong, S. L. Vanlaerhoven, and G. Gries. 2014. 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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