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Nadir Erbilgin


Canada Research Chair & Professor
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Forest Entomology & Chemical Ecology


Contact Information:

Office: 230A Earth Sciences Building

Phone: (780) 492-8693

Fax: (780) 492-1767

Email: erbilgin@ualberta.ca


Current Research Interests

My Canada Research Chair program in Forest Entomology & Chemical Ecology investigates how plant defense chemistry changes in response to biotic such as insects and diseases and abiotic such as drought stress agents and how these changes in turn affect tree-insect-disease interactions. Past and current projects conducted in my lab can be framed under three main research themes: (a) invasion biology, (b) plant-symbiont interactions, and (c) plant-insect-disease interactions. In all three research themes, undergraduate and graduate students and research staff in my lab use primary and secondary chemistry of trees to characterize tree responses to stress and identify possible mechanisms underlying tree susceptibility to insects and diseases. Infrastructure in my lab is capable of identifying different classes of chemicals including terpenoids, phenolics, fatty acids, and non-structural carbohydrates using Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometry and Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography.


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Education

Ph.D.
Entomology

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Minor: Forestry and Biostatistics
Advisor: Kenneth F. Raffa

1996 - 2001

M.S.
Forest Entomology

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Advisor: David L. Kulhavy

1994 - 1996

B.S.
Forestry

Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

1987 - 1991


Research & Professional Experience

Canada Research Chair & Professor
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

2017-Present

Canada Research Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

2013-2017

Canada Research Chair & Assistant Professor
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

2009-2013

Associate Specialist Div of Organisms and Environment
University of California at Berkeley
Supervisor: David L. Wood

2006-2008

Postdoctoral Research Associate Div of Organisms and Environment
University of California at Berkeley
Supervisor: David L. Wood

2001-2005