Nadir Erbilgin, PhD

Professor (Forest Entomology and Chemical Ecology), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Director of Field Research Office
Chair, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Contact

Professor (Forest Entomology and Chemical Ecology), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Email
erbilgin@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-8693
Address
2-30A (Office), 4-42 (Mail) Earth Sciences Building
11223 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E3

Director of Field Research Office
Email
erbilgin@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 432-9252

Chair, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Email
erbilgin@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Research Area: Forest Entomology & 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.


Research

Accepted or In-Press

Liu Y, G Rodrigues-Anastacio, G Ishangulyyeva, JC Rodriguez-Ramos, N Erbilgin. Mutualistic ophiostomatoid fungi equally benefit from both a bark beetle pheromone and host tree volatiles as nutrient sources. Microbial Ecology

Mullin M, JA Cale, JG Klustch, S Zhao, C Whitehouse, N Erbilgin. Primary and secondary metabolite profiles, and their interactions, of lodgepole pine trees change with elevation, but not with latitude. Journal of Chemical Ecology.

Publications in 2021 & 2020

Rodriguez-Ramos JC, JA Cale, J Karst, JF Cahill, Jr., S. Simard, N Erbilgin. 2021. Shifts in composition and dominance of soil fungal guilds following disturbances impact belowground fungal biomass in lodgepole pine forests. New Phytologist 229: 1105–1117 doi: 10.1111/nph.16749

Vázquez-González C, R Zas, N Erbilgin, S Ferrenberg, V Rozas, L Sampedro. 2020. Resin ducts as resistance traits in conifers: linking dendrochronology and resin-based defences. Tree Physiology 40: 1313-1326

Wang F, JA Cale, N Erbilgin. 2020. Exposure to fungal volatiles can influence volatile emissions from other ophiostomatoid fungi. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:567462. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.567462

Klutsch JG, G Classens, C Whitehouse, JF Cahill, Jr., N Erbilgin. 2020. Density-dependent attraction of mountain pine beetle to its aggregation pheromones and host tree volatiles in naïve lodgepole pine habitats. Forest Ecology and Management. 472: 118257

Guevara-Rozo S, A Hussain, JA Cale, JG Klutsch, R Rajabzadeh, N Erbilgin. 2020. Nitrogen and ergosterol concentrations varied in live jack pine phloem following inoculations with fungal associates of mountain pine beetle. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:1703. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.01703

Wang F, JA Cale, N Erbilgin. 2020. Induced defenses of a host tree similarly affect novel and native beetle-vectored fungi and mediate their interactions. Microbial Ecology 80: 181-190.

Beck, JL, JA Cale, JC Rodriguez-Ramoz, SS Kanekar, J Karst, JF Cahill, SW Simard, N Erbilgin. 2020. Changes in soil fungal communities following anthropogenic disturbance are linked to decreased lodgepole pine seedling performance. Journal of Applied Ecology. 57:1292–1302. doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13628

Jones KL, R Rajabzadeh, G Ishangulyyeva, N Erbilgin, ML Evenden. 2020. Mechanisms of flight polyphenisms in an outbreaking bark beetle species. Journal of Experimental Biology 223, jeb219642. doi:10.1242/jeb.219642

Klutsch JG, C-X Kee, EP Cappa, B Ratcliffe, BR Thomas, N Erbilgin. 2020. Increment coring induced traumatic resin ducts in white spruce but not in lodgepole pine. Tree-Ring Research. 76: 54-58

Mader C, J Watts, N Erbilgin. 2020. Life history traits of Coccophagus gossypariae, a parasitoid of invasive Eriococcus spurius in field studies. Canadian Entomologist 152: 169-182

Hussain A, G Classens, SG Rozo, JA Cale, R Rajabzadeh, N Erbilgin. 2020. Spatial variation in soil available water holding capacity alters carbon production and allocation to chemical defenses along jack pine stems. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 171: 103902

Erbilgin N, JG Klutsch, Hafsa Najeeb, G Ishangulyyeva, J Cale, C Boone, T Bozic, J Gunnar, M Haapanen, C Hughes, C MacQuarrie, R Rajabzadeh, M Schroeder, R Seppo, J Sweeney. 2020. Chemical similarity between introduced and native populations of Scots pine can facilitate transcontinental expansion of mountain pine beetle in North America. Biological Invasions. 22: 1067-1083

Courses

REN R 401 - Topics in Renewable Resources

Directed study in the multiple aspects of renewable resources. Open to third or fourth year students upon consent of instructor. Some sections require payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2021
REN R 440 - Disturbance Ecology Fundamentals

This course will cover various aspects of disturbance ecology, including concepts of disturbance frequency, severity, intensity; ecological resilience and resistance and ecosystem responses to and recovery from disturbance. Students will define what a disturbance is and critically evaluate disturbance types and their characteristics in different ecosystems and their implications for conservation, sustainability of ecosystems, and application to reclamation / restoration. Prerequisites: *60 and BIOL 208.

Fall Term 2021
REN R 447 - Forest Health

This course focuses on understanding and managing insects and diseases in natural and managed forest ecosystems and characterizes how they interact with the environment and each other to affect ecosystem functions and properties. Prerequisites: minimum of *54 university level credits and BIOL 208.

Winter Term 2022
REN R 501 - Topics in Renewable Resources

Directed study in the multiple aspects of renewable resources. Open to fourth year or graduate students upon consent of instructor.

Fall Term 2021
REN R 532 - Disturbance Ecology Fundamentals

This course will cover various aspects of disturbance ecology, including concepts of disturbance frequency, severity, intensity; ecological resilience and resistance and ecosystem responses to and recovery from disturbance. Students will define what a disturbance is and critically evaluate disturbance types and their characteristics in different ecosystems and their implications for conservation, sustainability of ecosystems, and application to reclamation/restoration. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 440 or REN R 732.

Fall Term 2021
REN R 747 - Forest Health

This course focuses on understanding and managing insects and diseases in natural and managed forest ecosystems and characterizes how they interact with the environment and each other to affect ecosystem functions and properties. Intended for students in course based masters programs. Not to be taken if credit received for REN R 447. Prerequisites: *60, BIOL 208, and consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2022
REN R 906A - Research Project

The final research project that comprises REN R 906 is a final capping exercise for the degrees of MAg and MF. Its practical and professional focus should integrate the core areas of study in the program. The successful completion of the project entails (1) a research topic approved by the supervisor; (2) the presentation of a draft research proposal; and (3) the presentation of the research as a written document to the supervisor. The project may take the form of any of the following: (1) a formal analysis of management practice, organizational processes or policy; (2) a formative or summative evaluation of a research project or program; (3) a case study, using secondary documents, survey data, or interviews; or (4) replication of a previous study, with either the introduction of a new variable or an analysis in a changed context.

Fall Term 2021
REN R 906B - Research Project

The final research project that comprises REN R 906 is a final capping exercise for the degrees of MAg and MF. Its practical and professional focus should integrate the core areas of study in the program. The successful completion of the project entails (1) a research topic approved by the supervisor; (2) the presentation of a draft research proposal; and (3) the presentation of the research as a written document to the supervisor. The project may take the form of any of the following: (1) a formal analysis of management practice, organizational processes or policy; (2) a formative or summative evaluation of a research project or program; (3) a case study, using secondary documents, survey data, or interviews; or (4) replication of a previous study, with either the introduction of a new variable or an analysis in a changed context.

Winter Term 2022

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