- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Entomology, University of California
- A.A., San Joaquin Delta College
- Graduate Education
- Ph. D. Entomology University of California, Riverside
- Master's degree in Applied Statistics, Louisiana State University
- Master of Science Entomology, Louisiana State University
Michael Brewer, Ph.D. is Professor of Entomology. His research and education interests bridge across integrated pest management, invasive species ecology, and field crops entomology. Brewer works on priority and emerging pest management issues relevant to fiber and grain crops and regional and national goals in insect pest management, crop protection, and agroecosystem stewardship. His mission-oriented focus is on transforming research findings undergirded by population, landscape, and invasive species ecology to IPM approaches that improves management of field crop pest and beneficial insects. Mike’s most recent research projects have been on ecology and management of sugarcane aphid on sorghum, sucking bugs of cotton, and lepidopterans pests of corn. He has published 140 articles and 10 book chapters. Over the past eight years he has attracted over $2.1M dollars in support of his research program and over $5.2 million of program support across his career. Dr. Brewer is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Insect Science-Invasive Species section.
Research Areas of Expertise
Field crops entomology, invasive species ecology, insect pest management
+ denotes student or post-doc.
Brewer, M.J., N.C. Elliott, E.L. Esquivel+, et al. 2022. Natural enemies, mediated by landscape and weather conditions, shape response of the sorghum agroecosystem of North America to the invasive aphid Melanaphis sorghi. Front. Insect Sci. doi: 10.3389/finsc.2022.830997
Pruter, L.S.+, M.J. Brewer, S.C. Murray, et al. 2020. Yield, insect derived ear injury, and aflatoxin among developmental and commercial maize hybrids adapted to the North American subtropics. J. Econ. Entomol. 113: 2950-2958.
Gordy, J.W.+, N.J. Seiter, D.L. Kerns, F.P.F. Reay-Jones, R.D. Bowling, M.O. Way, and M.J. Brewer. 2021. Field assessment of aphid doubling time and yield of sorghum susceptible and partially resistant to sugarcane aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae), J. Econ. Entomol. 114: 2076-2087.
Esquivel, I.L. +, M.J. Brewer, and R.N. Coulson. 2020. Field edge and field-to-field ecotone-type influences on two cotton herbivores: cotton fleahopper, Pseudatomoscelis seriatus (Hemiptera: Miridae), and verde plant bug, Creontiades signatus (Hemiptera: Miridae). J. Econ. Entomol. 113: 2213-2222.
Glover, J.P. +, G.A. Sword, and M.J. Brewer. 2019. Photoperiod-specific within-plant distribution of the green stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) on cotton. Environ. Entomol. 48: 1234-1240.