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Bruce Kimball


Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Project Leader, USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services – National Wildlife Research Center


Ph.D., Ecology; Colorado State University

Research Summary

I am a chemical ecologist with the USDA National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). My research at Monell focuses on wildlife behavior and the chemical signals that identify friend, foe, and food. The goals of my research are increased understanding of wildlife behavior and development of practical tools to minimize wildlife damage to agricultural resources. Current research topics include: 1) phytochemical basis of herbivore foraging behavior; 2) olfactory signals associated with animal disease states; 3) cues associated with novelty or conditioned aversions; 4) mechanisms of herbivore repellents; 5) attractants for wildlife baiting systems.

Detailed description of research program


chemical ecology, foraging ecology, analytical chemistry, behavior, taste aversion learning, bioassay, spectroscopy, flavor, wildlife damage management, metabolomics, volatiles

Recent Publications

Kimball, B.A. (2016). Volatile Metabolome: Problems and Prospects. Bioanalysis, 8, 1987-1991.

Kimball, B.A.; Cohen, A.S.; Gordon, A.R.; Opiekun, M.; Martin, T.; Elkind, J.; Lundstrom, J.N.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2016). Brain Injury Alters Volatile Metabolome. Chemical Senses, 41, 407-14.

Kimball, B.A.; Stelting, S.A.; McAuliffe, T.W.; Stahl, R.S.; Garcia, R.A.; Pitt, W.C. (2016). Development of Artificial Bait for Brown Treesnake Suppression. Biological Invasions, 18, 359-369.

Kimball, B.A.; Wilson, D.A.; Wesson, D.W. (2016). Alterations of the Volatile Metabolome in Mouse Models of Alzheimer’s Disease. Scientific Reports, 6, 19495.

Kimball, B.A.; Opiekun, M.; Yamazaki, K.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2014) Immunization Alters Body Odor. Physiology & Behavior, 128, 80-85.

Olsson, M.J.; Lundström, J.N.; Kimball, B.A.; et al. (2014) The scent of disease: Human body odor contains an early chemosensory cue of sickness. Psychological Science, 20:1-7.

Horn, C.C.; Kimball, B.A.; Wang, H.; Kaus, J., Dienel; A., Nagy, A.; Gathright, G.R.; Yates, B.J.; Andrews, P.L. (2013) Why Can’t Rodents Vomit? A Comparative Behavioral, Anatomical, and Physiological Study. PLoS ONE, 8, e60537.

Kimball, B.A.; Yamazaki, K.; Kohler, D., Bowen; R.A., Muth; J.P., Opiekun, M.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2013) Avian Influenza Infection Alters Fecal Odor in Mallards. PLoS ONE, 8, e75411.

Golden, G.J.; Hussey, A.; Kimball, B.A. (2012) Do Gastrointestinal Taste Receptors Contribute to Associative Learning and Foraging Behavior? Journal of Animal Science, 90, 4297-4307.

Kimball, B.A.; Russell, J.H.; Ott, P.K. (2012) Phytochemical Variation within a Single Plant Species Influences Foraging Behavior of Deer. Oikos, 121, 743-751.

Kimball, B.A.; Pfund, F.; Gourley, M.; Griffin, D.L.; Russell, J.H. (2011) Silvicultural Attempts to Induce Browse Resistance in Conifer Seedlings. International Journal of Forestry Research, Article ID 108529.

Hussey, A.M.; Kimball, B.A.; Friedman, J.M. (2011) Assessment of tannin variation in tamarisk foliage across a latitudinal gradient. The Open Environmental & Biological Monitoring Journal, 4, 32-35.

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National Wildlife Research Center