Brian Sullivan

Research Entomologist
2500 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360
Phone: 318-473-7206

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


Ph.D. in Entomology, 1997
University of Georgia
B.A. in Liberal Arts, 1990
St. John’s College

Professional Experience

Research Entomologist, USDA Forest Service

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

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Research Highlights

Forest Service Scientists and Their International Collaborators Describe a Dangerous New “Mesoamerican Pine Beetle” (2015)
SRS-2015-240 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 insect, which may be responsible for catastrophic damage to Mexican and Central American pine forests. It represents a previously unrecognized invasive threat to forestry in the U.S.

Lure Developed for Killer of Louisiana Baldcypress (2014)
SRS-2014-151 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 leafroller. Forest Service scientists have identified and reproduced this moth's sex pheromone, which can be used as a lure in traps to detect new and growing populations. The pheromone might also be released within forests to divert mate-seeking male moths and provide an insecticide-free method for controlling this pest in a highly sensitive environment.

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