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Bruce Kimball


Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center


Ph.D., Ecology; Colorado State University

Research Summary

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) olfactory signals associated with animal disease states; 2) cues associated with novelty or conditioned aversions; 3) mechanisms of herbivore repellents; and 4) attractants for wildlife baiting systems.


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

Recent Publications

Kimball, B.A.; Volker, S.F.; Griffin, D.L.; Johnson, S.R.; Gilbert, A.T. (2019). Volatile Metabolomic Signatures of Rabies Immunization in Two Mesocarnivore Species. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 13, e0007911.

Gervasi, S.S.; Opiekun, M.; Martin, T.; Beauchamp, G.K.; Kimball, B.A. (2018). Sharing an environment with sick conspecifics alters the odors of healthy animals. Sci Rep, 8, 14255.

Gordon, A.R.; Kimball, B.A.;Sorjonen, K.; Karshikoff, B.; Axelsson, J.; Lekander, M.; Lundstrom, J.N.; Olsson, M.J. (2018). Detection of Inflammation via Volatile Cues in Human Urine. Chem Senses, 43, 711-719.

Parker, M.R.; Patel, S.M.; Zachry, J.E.; Kimball, B.A. (2018) Feminization of Male Brown Treesnake Methyl Ketone Expression via Steroid Hormone Manipulation. J Chem Ecol, 44, 189-197.

Spence-Aizenberg, A.; Kimball, B.A.; Williams, L.; Fernandez-Duque, E. (2018). Chemical Composition of Glandular Secretions from a Pair-living Monogamous Primate: Sex, Age, and Gland Differences in Captive and Wild Owl Monkeys (Aotus spp.). Am J Primatol, 80, e22730.

Millet P.; Opiekun, M.; Martin, T.; Beauchamp, G.K.; Kimball, B.A. (2018). Cytokine Contributions to Alterations of the Volatile Metabolome Induced by Inflammation. Brain Behav Immun, 69, 312–320.

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.