University of Vermont - Burlington, VT

Current Ph.D Student - Plant and Soil Science - “The role of Genomic Architecture and Epigenetics in Insecticide Resistance of the Colorado Potato Beetle”


Hampshire College - Amherst, MA

B.A. 2010, Biological Sciences and Evolutionary Biology, Sculpture


Washington State University Extension - Chimacum, WA

2010, Certificate of Sustainable Agriculture



Brevik, K., Schoville, S. D., Mota-Sanchez, D. & Chen, Y. H. Pesticide durability and the evolution of resistance: A novel application of survival analysis. Pest Manag. Sci. (2018). doi:10.1002/ps.4899

We asked if we could use a database of historical records to determine if different insects evolve at different speeds - we found that there were differences, but that there are many explanations for those differences.


Brevik, K., Lindström, L., McKay, S. D. & Chen, Y. H. Transgenerational effects of insecticides — implications for rapid pest evolution in agroecosystems. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci. 26, 34–40 (2018).

We describe the ways in which pesticides could lead to rapid evolution in pest species via epigenetics.

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Schoville, S. D. et al. including Brevik K. (2018)A model species for agricultural pest genomics: the genome of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Sci. Rep. 8, 1931 (2018).


A large group of researchers worked on this project - sequencing, assembling, and describing the reference genome of the Colorado Potato Beetle, which enables many types of genomic study. I worked on finding and describing the transposable elements in the genome.


Chen Y.H., Gols R., Stratton C. A., Brevik K. and Benrey, B. (2015), Complex tritrophic interactions in response to crop domestication: predictions from the wild. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 157: 40–59. doi: 10.1111/eea.12344


Brevik K. Morphological characteristics of domestication: effects on ontogeny of skeletal morphology”  Thesis, 2010


Volunteer Data Projects

Visualization of Census Data for Black Lives Matter, VT

Presentation on School Suspensions in the Burlington School District




- Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Vermont, Current

- Research Assistant,  “Measure natural variation in the concentration of secondary compounds in nectar and pollen.” with Dr. Lynn Adler, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013

- Farmers Market Manager, Wellesley Farmers Market, Wellesley, MA, 2012

- Praktikum, - “Convergent morphology among lacertid lizards in arid environments.”,  Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany, 2011

- FIELD Program in Sustainable Agriculture, Washington State University, Chimacum, WA, 2010

- Morphological characteristics of domestication: effects on ontogeny of skeletal morphology” - Undergraduate thesis, 2010

- Effects of domestication on coat and skin pigmentation, as part of Morphological Correlates of Tameness in Microtus ochrogaster”, - Undergraduate thesis, 2010

-  Entomology, Insect Collection and Science in China, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China, 2008


Grants Received:

- UVM REACH Grant, “How do insect pests rapidly evolve on the Pesticide Treadmill?” with Yolanda Chen and Stephanie McKay (2015-current)

- Coppinger Fund Grant for research in animal behavior, “Morphological characteristics of domestication: effects on ontogeny of skeletal morphology.”

- Culture, Brain, and Development Grant, “Morphological Correlates of Tameness in Microtus ochrogaster

- Design, Art, and Technology Grant, “To Light A Candle is to Cast a Shadow”

- University of Massachusetts Natural History Collections Grant, Articulation of an Atlantic Dolphin Skeleton


Sculpture Exhibitions ( *solo shows)


2018: Pleased to Meet You, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT

2018: Art Show #5

2017: current - Frog Hollow, Burlington, VT

2017 - Art Hop, Burlington, VT

2016 - December Opening, Alchemy Jewelry Arts, Burlington, VT


2014 - * paperwasp. Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, NH

2013 - ECLOSION. Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX

2013 - * a swarm of arthropods. The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, VT


2013 - * paperwasp. The Works, Brattleboro, Vermont, April, 2013

                                             Keene, New Hampshire, June 2013

                     Portland, Maine, August 2013

                    Durham, New Hampshire, September 2013


Arisia Art Show, Boston, Massachusetts


2010 -  * Bones and Growth, Change and Use. Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst,   



    Arisia Art Show, Boston, Massachusetts


2006 - Gallery Nine, Port Townsend, Washington


2005 - ArtWorks Gallery, Seattle, Washington


Other Venues


2005-2009 - Pike Place Pottery, Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington


2004 - Maillemen, Port Townsend Farmers Market, Port Townsend, Washington