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Roth M, A Hussain, JA Cale, N Erbilgin. Successful colonization of lodgepole pine trees by mountain pine beetle increased monoterpene production and exhausted carbohydrate reserves. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 44:209-214

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Erbilgin N, JD Stein, RE Acciavatti, NE Gillette, SR Mori, K Bischel, JA Cale, CR Carvalho, DL Wood. A blend of ethanol and (–)-α-pinene was highly attractive to native siricid woodwasps (Siricidae, Siricinae) infesting conifers of the Sierra Nevada and the Allegheny Mountains. J Chemical Ecology. 43: 172-179.

Erbilgin N, JA Cale, I Lusebrink, A Najar, JG Klutsh, P Sherwood, E Bonello, ML Evenden. Water-deficit and fungal infection can differentially affect the production of different classes of defense compounds in two host pines of mountain pine beetle. Tree Physiology. 37: 338-350.

Erbilgin N, JA Cale, A Hussain, G. Ishangulyyeva, JG Klutsch, A Najar, S Zhao. Weathering the storm: How lodgepole pine trees survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Oecologia. 184: 469-478.

Cale JA, M Muskens, A Najar, G Ishangulyyeva, A Hussain, SS Kanekar, JG Klutsch, S Taft, N Erbilgin. Rapid monoterpene induction promotes the susceptibility of a novel host pine to mountain pine beetle colonization by not to the beetle-vectored fungi. Tree Physiology. 37: 1597-1610.

Klutsch JG, JA Cale, C Whitehouse, SS Kanekar, N Erbilgin. Trap trees: An effective method for monitoring mountain pine beetle activities in novel habitats. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 47: 1-6.

Klutsch JG, SF Shamoun, N Erbilgin. Drought stress leads to systemic induced susceptibility to a nectrotrophic fungus associated with mountain pine beetle in Pinus banksiana seedlings. PLoS ONE. 12(12): e0189203.

Klutsch JG, A Najar, P Sherwood, P Bonello, N Erbilgin. A native parasitic plant systemically induces resistance in jack pine to a fungal symbiont of invasive mountain pine beetle. J Chemical Ecology. 43: 506-518. It appeared on the journal cover.

Pec GJ, J Karst, DL Taylor, PW Cigan, N Erbilgin, JEK Cooke, SW Simard, JF Cahill. Change in soil fungal community structure driven by a decline in ectomycorrhizal fungi following a mountain pine beetle outbreak. New Phytologist. 213: 864-873.

Raffa KF, CJ Mason, P Bonello, S Cook, N Erbilgin, K Keefover-Ring, JC Klutsch, C Villari, PA Townsend. Defense sydromes in lodgepole-whitebark pine ecosystems related to degree of historical exposure to mountain pine beetles. Plant Cell & Environment. 40: 1791-1806.

Cahill JF, JA Cale, J Karst, T Bao, G Peck, N Erbilgin. No silver bullet: Different soil handling techniques are useful for different research questions, exhibit differential type I and II error rates, and are sensitive to sampling intensity. New Phytologist. 216: 11-14.

Semiz G, N Erbilgin, JK Holopainen. Hylobius abietis feeding on the novel host Pinus brutia Ten. increases emission of volatile organic compounds. Journal of Applied Entomology. 141: 133-140.

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Carrigy AA, GC Stotz, MA Dettlaff, GJ Pec, Inderjit, N Erbilgin, JF Cahill Jr. Community-level determinants of smooth brome (Bromus inermis) growth and survival in the aspen parkland. Plant Ecology (Special Issue). 217: 1395-1413.

Cale JA, RM Collignon, JG Klutsch, S Kanekar, A Hussain, N Erbilgin. Fungal volatiles can act as carbon sources and semiochemicals to mediate interspecific interactions among bark beetle-associated fungal symbionts. PLoS ONE. Vol 11 (9): e0162197.

Ishangulyyeva G, A Najar, J Curtis, N Erbilgin. Fatty acid composition of novel host jack pine do not prevent host acceptance and colonization by the invasive mountain pine beetle and its symbiotic fungus. PLoS ONE. Vol 11 (9): e0162046.

Klutsch J, A Najar, JA Cale, N Erbilgin. Direction of interaction between mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and resource-sharing wood-boring beetles depends on plant parasite infection. Oecologia. 182: 1-12.

Cale JA, JG Klutsch, N Erbilgin, JD Castello. Using structural sustainability for forest health monitoring and triage: case study of a mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)-impacted landscape. Ecological Indicators. 70:451-459.

Tabacaru CA, J Park, N Erbilgin. Prescribed fire does not promote outbreak of a primary bark beetle at low-density populations. J Applied Ecology. 53: 222–232.

Lusebrink I, N Erbilgin, M Evenden. The effects of water limitation on volatile emission, defense response, and brood success of Dendroctonus ponderosae in two pine hosts, lodgepole and jack pine. Frontiers in Ecology & Environment. 4: 2. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00002.

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Cale JA, S Taft, JG Klutsch, JD Sweeney, N Erbilgin. Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) can produce its aggregation pheromone and complete brood development in naive red pine (Pinus resinosa) under laboratory conditions. Canadian J Forest Research. 45: 1873-1877.

Tabacaru CA, SM McPike, N Erbilgin. Fire-mediated interactions between a tree-killing bark beetle and its competitors. Forest Ecology & Management. 356: 262-272.

Tabacaru CA, N Erbilgin. Competitors and natural enemies may cumulatively mediate Dendroctonus ponderosae colonization of burned Pinus forests. Forest Ecology & Management. 337: 98-109.

Karst J, N Erbilgin, GJ Pec, PW Cigan, A Najar, JC Cahill, S Simard. Ectomycorrhizal fungi mediate indirect effects of a beetle outbreak on secondary chemistry and establishment of pine seedlings. †These authors contributed equally to this work. New Phytologist. 208: 904–914.

Therrien J, CJ Mason, JA Cale, A Adams, BH Aukema, CR Currie, KF Raffa, N Erbilgin. Bacteria influence mountain pine beetle brood development through interactions with symbiotic and antagonistic fungi: implications to climate-driven host range expansion. Oecologia. 179: 467-485.

Sullivan BT, N Erbilgin. Evidence for divergence in cuticular hydrocarbon sex pheromone between California and Mississippi (United States of America) populations of bark beetle parasitoid Roptrocerus xylophagorum (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). Canadian Entomologist. 147: 472-475.

Taft S, A Najar, N Erbilgin. Pheromone production by an invasive bark beetle varies with monoterpene composition of its naïve host. J Chemical Ecology. 41:540–549.

Taft S, A Najar, J Godbout, J Bousquet, N Erbilgin. Variation in foliar monoterpenes across the range of jack pine reveal three widespread chemotypes: implications to host expansion of invasive mountain pine beetle. Frontiers in Plant Sciences. 6: 342. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00342.

Cigan PW, J Karst, JF Cahill, Jr., AN Sywenky, GJ Pec, N Erbilgin. Influence of bark beetle outbreaks on nutrient cycling in native pine stands in western Canada. Plant & Soil. 390: 29-47.

Pec GJ, J Karst, AN Sywenky, PW Cigan, N Erbilgin, SW Simard, JF Cahill. Rapid increases in forest understory diversity and productivity following a mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreak in pine forests. Plus One 10 (4): e0124691.

Goodsman DW, JS Goodsman, DW McKenney, VJ Lieffers, N Erbilgin. Too much of a good thing: landscape-scale facilitation eventually turns into competition between a lepidopteran defoliator and a bark beetle. Landscape Ecology. 30: 301-312.

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Erbilgin N, AD Galvez, B Zhang, A Najar. Resource availability and repeated defoliation mediate compensatory growth in trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) seedlings. PeerJ 2:e491; DOI 10.7717/peerj.491.

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. 201:940-950.

Najar A, SM Landhäusser, JGA Whitehill, P Bonello, N Erbilgin. Reserves accumulated in non-photosynthetic organs during the previous growing season drive plant defenses and growth in aspen in the subsequent growing season. J Chemical Ecology. 40: 21-30.

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 Lepidopterists’ Society. 68: 54-60.

Treu R, J Karst, M Randall*, GJ Pec, P Cigan, S Simard, J Cooke, N Erbilgin, JF Cahill. Decline of ectomycorrhizal fungi following mountain pine beetle infestation.Ecology 95: 1096–1103.

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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 an 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.

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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.

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.

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.

Kausrud K, B Økland, O Skarpaas, JC Gregoire, N Erbilgin, NC Stenseth. Population dynamics in changing environments: the case of an eruptive forest pest species. Biological Review.87: 34-51.

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.

Zargaran MR, N Erbilgin, Y Ghosta. 2012. Change of oak gall wasps species diversity in relation to presence of oak powdery mildew (Erysiphe alphitoides). Journal of Zoological Studies. 51: 175-184.

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Colgan LJ, N Erbilgin. 2011. Tree-Mediated Interactions between the jack pine budworm and a mountain pine beetle fungal associate. Ecological Entomology. 36: 425-434.

Økland B, N Erbilgin, O Skarpaas. E Christiansen, Bo Långström. 2011. Possible ecosystem effects of species interaction between populations of native and exotic tree-killing bark beetles. Biological Invasions. 13: 1151-1164.

Zhao T, A-K Borg-Karlson, N Erbilgin, P Krokene. 2011. Host resistance elicited by exogenous application of methyl jasmonate alters the aggregation pheromone of spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus. Oecologia. 167: 691-699.

Yuceer C, C-Y Hsu, N Erbilgin, KD Klepzig. 2011. Ultrastructure of the southern pine beetle mycangium: complex morphology for complex interactions. Acta Zoologica. 92: 216-224.

Lusebrink I, ML Evenden, FG Blanchet, JEK Cooke, N Erbilgin. 2011. Effect of water stress and fungal inoculation on monoterpene emission from an historical and a new pine host of the mountain pine beetle. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 37: 1013-1026.

Kausrud KL, O Skarpaas, JC Gregoire, N Erbilgin, M Gilbert, NC Stenseth, B Økland. 2011. Trees Wanted; dead or alive! Host selection and population dynamics in tree-killing bark beetles. PLoS ONE. 6(5): e18274. http:

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Colgan LJ, N Erbilgin. 2010. The ecological interaction of the mountain pine beetle and jack pine budworm in the boreal forest. Forest Chronicle. 86: 766-774.

Masood A, S Saeed, N Erbilgin, YJ Kwon. 2010. Role of stressful mango host conditions in attraction and colonization by the mango bark beetle, Hypocryphalus mangiferae Stebbing (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and in the symptom development of quick decline on mango trees in Pakistan. Entomological Research. 40: 316-327.

Goodsman, D, VJ Lieffers, SM Landhäusser, N Erbilgin. 2010. Carbohydrate reserves of lodgepole pine decline with tree size and fertilization. Forest Ecology Management. 260: 1914–1920.

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Erbilgin N, DL Wood, TR Gordon, AJ Storer. Bark beetle (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)-mediated fungal infections of susceptible trees induce resistance to subsequent infections in a dose dependent manner. Agr For Ent. 11: 255-263.

Gillette NE, N Erbilgin, JN Webster, L Pederson, SR Mori, JD Stein, DR Owen, KM Bischel, DL Wood. Aerially applied verbenone-releasing flakes protect Pinus contorta stands from attack by Dendroctonus ponderosae in California and Idaho. For Ecol Manag. 257: 1405-1412.

Gillette NE, CJ Mehmel, JN Webster, SR Mori, N Erbilgin,DL Wood, JD Stein. Aerially applied methylcyclohexenone-releasing flakes protect Pseudotsuga menziesii stands from attack by Dendroctonus pseudotsugae. For Ecol Manag. 257: 1231-1236.

Raffa KF, BH Aukema, BJ Bentz, N Erbilgin, DA Herms, JA Hicke, RW Hofstetter, BS Lindgren, AS Munson, DJ Robison, DL Six, PC Tobin, P Townsend, KF Wallin. A literal meaning of forest health safeguards against misuses and misapplications. (Secondary authors are listed by alphabetical order). J For. 107(5): 276-277.

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Erbilgin N, G Ritokova, DL Wood, TR Gordon, AJ Storer. Temporal variation in contamination of pine engraver beetles with Fusarium circinatum in native Monterey pine forests in California. Plant Path. 57: 1103-1108.

Erbilgin, N, NE Gillette, JD Stein, AS Nelson, F Uzoh, DL Wood. Acetophenone superior to verbenone for reducing attraction of western pine beetle Dendroctonus brevicomis to its aggregation pheromone. Agr For Ent. 10: 433-441.

Zhang QH, N Erbilgin, SJ Seybold. GC-EAD responses of four bark beetle species associated with Monterey pine trees in coastal California to common host, nonhost and bark beetle volatiles: Similarities and disparities. Chemoecol. 18: 243-254.

McPherson BA, N Erbilgin, DL Wood, P Svihra, AJ Storer, RB Standiford. Attraction of saprotrophic bark and ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) to coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) infected by Phytophtora ramorum. Agr For Ent. 10: 315-321.

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Erbilgin, N, NE Gillette, JD Stein, DR Owen, DL Wood. Acetophenone as an anti-attractant for the western pine beetle, Dendroctonus brevicomis, LeConte (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). J Chem Ecol. 33: 817-823.

Erbilgin, N, E Christiansen, P Krokene. A host monoterpene influences Ips typographus responses (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) to its aggregation pheromone: Implications for host colonization of bark beetles. Agr For Ent. 9: 135-140.

O’Brien ML, KL O’Hara, N Erbilgin, DL Wood. Overstory and shrub effects on natural regeneration processes in native Pinus radiata stands. For Ecol Manag. 240: 178-185.

Erbilgin, N, S. R. Mori, J. H. Sun, J. D. Stein, D. R. Owen, L. D. Merrill, R. Campos Bolaños, K. F. Raffa, T. Méndez Montiel, D. L. Wood, Response to Host Volatiles by Native and Introduced Populations of Dendroctonus valens (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) in North America and China. J Chem Ecol. 33: 131-146.

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NE Bonello P, TR Gordon, DL Wood, DA Herms, N Erbilgin. Nature and ecological implications of pathogen-induced systemic resistance in conifers: A novel hypothesis. Physiol Mol Plant Path. 68: 95-104.

Erbilgin, N, Christiansen, P Krokene, G Zeneli, J Gershenzon. Exogenous application of methyl jasmonate elicits defenses in Norway spruce (Picea abies) and reduces host colonization by the bark beetle Ips typographus. Oecologia 148: 426-436.

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Raffa KF, BH Aukema,N Erbilgin, KD Klepzig, KF Wallin. Interactions among conifer terpenoids and bark beetles across multiple levels of scale: an attempt to understand links between population patterns and physiological processes. Recent Advances in Phytochem. 39: 79-118.

Økland B, A Liebhold, O Bjørnstad, N Erbilgin, P Krokene. Are bark beetle outbreaks less synchronous than forest Lepidoptera outbreaks? Oecologia 146: 365-372.

Erbilgin N, AJ Storer, DL Wood, TR Gordon. Colonization of cut branches of five coniferous hosts of the pitch canker fungus (Fusarium circinatum) by Pityophthorus spp. (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in central, coastal California. Can Ent. 137: 337-349.

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Erbilgin N, DL Dahlsten, P Chen. interactions between generalist predators and an introduced parasitoid of Glycaspis brimblecombei (Homoptera: Psylloidea). Bio Cont 31:329-337.

Dahlsten DL, DL Six, AB Lawson, DL Rowney, N Erbilgin, KF Raffa. Attraction of Ips pini (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) and its predators to natural attractants and synthetic semiochemicals: implications for population monitoring in northern California. Environ Ent. 33:1554-1561.

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Erbilgin N, KF Raffa. Spatial analysis of forest gaps resulting from bark beetle colonization of red pines experiencing belowground herbivory and root infection. For Ecol Manag 177: 145-153.

Erbilgin N, JS Powell, KF Raffa. Effect of varying monoterpene concentrations on the response of Ips pini (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) to its aggregation pheromone: implications for pest management and ecology of bark beetles. Agr For Ent 5: 269-274.

Dahlsten DL, DL Six, N Erbilgin, KF Raffa, AB Lawson, DL Rowney. Attraction of Ips pini (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) and its predators to various enantiomeric ratios of ipsdienol and lanierone in California: implications for the augmentation and conservation of natural enemies. Environ Ent 32: 1115-1122.

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Erbilgin N, KF Raffa. Association of declining red pine stands with reduced populations of bark beetle predators, seasonal increases in root colonizing insects, and incidence of root pathogens. For Ecol Manag 164: 221-236.

Erbilgin N, EV Nordheim, BH Aukema, KF Raffa. Population dynamics of Ips pini and Ips grandicollis in red pine plantations in Wisconsin: within- and between- year associations with predators, competitors, and habitat quality. Environ Ent 31: 1043-1051.

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Erbilgin N, KF Raffa. Modulation of predator attraction to pheromones of two prey species by stereochemistry of plant volatiles. Oecologia 127: 444-453.

Erbilgin N, KF Raffa. Kairomonal range of generalist predators in specialized habitats: responses to multiple phloeophagous species emitting pheromones vs. host odors. Ent Exp et App 99: 205-210.

Erbilgin N, A Szele, KD Klepzig, KF Raffa. Trap type, chirality of α-pinene, and geographic region affect sampling efficiency of root and lower stem insects in pine. J Econ Ent 94: 1113-1121.

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Erbilgin N, KF Raffa. Effects of host tree species on attractiveness of tunneling pine engraver, Ips pini (Coleoptera: Scolytidae), to conspecifics and insect predators. J Chem Ecol 26: 823-840.

Erbilgin N, KF Raffa. Opposing effects of host monoterpenes on responses by two sympatric species of bark beetles to their aggregation pheromones. J Chem Ecol 26: 2527-2548.

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