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Amy Berkov

Amy Berkov


Tropical Ecology

Plant-Insect Interactions

The City College of New York
Biology Department, MR526

New York , NY 10031
Office Phone: (212) 650-8570


  1. Ph.D. CUNY, Plant Sciences Subprogram,1999
  2. BFA University of Colorado, Printmaking, 1977




Botany (Biology 34500)
Insect Ecology (Biology 44300; Biology A4430)
Plant-Animal Interactions (Biology 79301)


Research Interests  

Interdisciplinary studies of tropical plant-insect interactions: We investigate the identity and ecological specificity of Neotropical wood-boring beetles associated with the Brazil nut family (Lecythidaceae). Our research includes aspects of wood chemistry that potentially regulate insect distribution, as well as studies of beetle gut microbes that may be critical intermediates in the interaction between insect and plant.



Calderon O, Berkov A. 2012. Fat body and midgut bacteriocytes in neotropical cerambycid beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Environmental Entomology 108-117.

Berkov A. 2011. Amy’s year in the rain forest. In Tropical Plant Collecting, From the Field to the Internet. Eds. Mori SA, Berkov A, Gracie CA, Hecklau E. TECC Editora, Brazil.

Berkov A, Monné MA. 2010. A new species of Neobaryssinus Monné & Martins, and two new species of Baryssiniella new genus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), reared from trees in the Brazil nut family (Lecythidaceae). Zootaxa 2538: 47-59.

Robbins RK, Aiello A, Feinstein J, Berkov A, Caldas A, Busby RC, Duarte M. 2010. A tale of two species: detritivory, parapatry, and sexual dimorphism in Lamprospilus collucia and L. orcidia (Lycaenidae: Theclinae: Eumaeini). Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 42: 64-73.

Rivera FN, González E, Gómez Z, López N, Hernández-Rodríguez C, Berkov A, Zúñiga G. 2009. Gut-associated yeast in bark beetles of the genus Dendroctonus Erichson (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98: 325-342.

Roddick C, Rodriguez N, Berkov A. 2009. Hard-won host records for two species of Trypanidius Blanchard, 1847 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 63: 105-107.

Feinstein J, Purzycki KL, Mori SA, *Hequet V, Berkov A. 2008. Neotropical soldier flies (Stratiomyidae) reared from Lecythis poiteaui in French Guiana: do bat-pollinated flowers attract saprophiles? Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 135: 200-207.

Berkov A, Rodriguez N, Centeno P. 2008. Convergent evolution in the antenna of a cerambycid beetle, Onychocerus albitarsis, and the sting of a scorpion. Naturwissenschaften 95: 257-261.

Berkov A, Feinstein J, Centeno P, Small J, Nkamany M. 2007. Yeasts isolated from Neotropical wood-boring beetles in SE Peru. Biotropica 39: 530-538.

Feinstein J, Mori SA, Berkov A. 2007. Saproflorivory: A diverse insect community in fallen flowers of Lecythidaceae in French Guiana. Biotropica 39: 549-554.

Melo MC, Berkov A, Coscoran M. 2005. Redescription of Manicocoris rufipes (Fabricius, 1787), including nymphs I, II, III and V (Reduviidae: Harpactorinae: Apiomerini), and its association with Clusia fruits. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 40: 55-64.

Mori SA, Gracie CA, Hecklau EF, Lobova TA, Berkov A, de Granville J-J. 2005. Documenting plant diversity in central French Guiana: the first step toward understanding biocomplexity. In Friis I & Balslev H, eds. Plant Diversity and Complexity: Local, Regional and Global Dimensions. Biol. Skr. 55: 11-24.

Berkov A. 2004. Lepuropetalaceae. In Smith N, Mori SA, Henderson A, Stevenson DW, & Heald SV, eds. Flowering Plants of the Neotropics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, p. 214.

Berkov A. 2004. Pterostemonaceae. In Smith N, Mori SA, Henderson A, Stevenson DW, & Heald SV, eds. Flowering Plants of the Neotropics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, p. 316.

Berkov A. 2002. The impact of redefined species limits in Palame (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lamiinae, Acanthocinini) on assessments of host, seasonal, and stratum specificity. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 76: 195-209.

Berkov A, Meurer-Grimes B, Purzycki K. 2000. Do Lecythidaceae specialists (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) shun fetid tree species? Biotropica 32(3): 440-551.

Berkov A, Tavakilian G. 1999. Host utilization of the Brazil nut family (Lecythidaceae) by sympatric wood-boring species of Palame (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lamiinae, Acanthocinini). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 67(2): 181-198.

Rovira I, Berkov A, Parkinson A, Tavakilian G, Mori S, Meurer-Grimes B. 1999. Antimicrobial activity of Neotropical wood and bark extracts. Pharmaceutical Biology 37(3): 208-215.

Meurer-Grimes B, Berkov A, Beck H. 1998. Theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine in 42 products of guaraná (Paullinia cupana, Sapindaceae). Economic Botany 52(3): 293-301.

Tavakilian G, Berkov A, Meurer-Grimes B, Mori S. 1997. Neotropical tree species and their faunas of xylophagous longicorns (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) in French Guiana. The Botanical Review 63(4): 303-355.