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Brian Sullivan

Research Entomologist
Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants
2500 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360
United States
Current Research

Southern Pine Beetle (SPB)

Manipulation with Pheromones and Other Odors

Understanding Variability in SPB (and Bark Beetle) Responses to Pheromones and Other Odors

Chemical Ecology and Systematics of Bark Beetles of North and Central America

Bark Beetle Pest Species New to Science

Other Threats of Forest Trees of the Southern US

Baldcypress Leafroller

Sirex Noctilio

See more research details at my RWU page

  • University of Georgia, Ph.D., Entomology, 1997
  • St. John’s College, B.A., Liberal Arts, 1990
Professional Experience
  • Research Entomologist,  USDA Forest Service,  2000 - Current
    My research addresses the biology, systematics, chemical ecology, and management of native and invasive forest pest insects of North America.
  • Postdoctoral Associate,  Department of Entomology, University of Georgia,  1997 - 2000
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Lure Developed for Killer of Louisiana Baldcypress

Year: 2014
The land surface of southern Louisiana is sinking as an unintended consequence of humans channeling water flow. Persistent and deeper flooding of baldcypress forests is stressing these magnificent trees, and it has triggered an outbreak of a previously undetected moth pest: the baldcypress leafrolle...

Forest Service Scientists and Their International Collaborators Describe a Dangerous New “Mesoamerican Pine Beetle”

Year: 2015
A newly discovered species of tree killing bark beetle in Central America, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus, has been recently described by an international team of scientists, including Forest Service research entomologist Brian Sullivan. The team provided critical information needed to manage the inse...