Gary Brewer received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Kansas State University in 1984. His MS in Entomology (1978) and BS in Zoology (1974) were from the University of Nebraska.
Gary joined the entomology faculty at North Dakota State University in 1985, was appointed Chair in 1999, and was Coordinator for the multi-disciplinary undergraduate Plant Protection degree from 2000 to 2004. Since 2006, he has been Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
His interests are in integrated pest management. He has research and extension publications on life history traits, sampling, economic thresholds and the use of plant resistance and biological control to manage sunflower insects. Another interest has been in considering the impacts of wild and managed bees and their interaction with seed feeding insects on sunflower seed quality traits. His current research focus is on the management of flies affecting cattle production.
Gary has taught eleven different undergraduate and graduate classes. His teaching has included resident students in the classroom and distance students reached by using asynchronous technologies. In addition, he has advised 19 graduate students and served on numerous student committees.
Professional service activities included chairing CEDA (the Council of Entomological Department Administrators) and NCAC-15, the North-Central Administrative Committee of Entomological Department Administrators. Gary is currently the CEDA representative to CAST, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.
ESA activities includes service as Secretary and Chair for subsection Fa, Host Plant Resistance to Insects and membership and Chair positions on the Editorial Boards for American Entomologist and Books and Media. As a PhD student he was a member of the Kansas State University team that won the first national Linnaean Games in 1983. Service to the North Central Branch includes being a member of the Resolutions committee and chairing the Budget, C. V. Riley Award, and Award of Merit committees. He was local arrangement co-chair in 1993 and 2012 and NCB President in 2004/2005.