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Brodie Dunn

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Visiting Outreach Associate, Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy

318-B Morrill Hall | M/C 118 505 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana IL 61801

(217) 333-5983
Program Areas
Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy

As an Extension Outreach Associate based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, Brodie Dunn specializes in pollinators and beneficial insects as part of the Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy team.

In his role, Dunn evaluates and strengthens pollinator and insect biodiversity programming while piloting new programs that address unmet community and research needs. He also works closely with university faculty on research related to pollinators and pollinator health. Work includes managing day-to-day operations for I-Pollinate, a community science initiative led by Dr. Alex Harmon-Threatt, and assisting with PHASE (Pollinator Habitat Aligned with Solar Energy) data collection for Dr. Adam Dolezal, contributing to multi-agency research project evaluating the pollinator habitat impacts in utility-scale solar facilities.

Dunn’s work for Extension includes consulting current scientific literature and university faculty to answer advanced or nuanced pollinator questions posed by Extension staff.

Dunn contributed to Extension’s Illinois Pollinators website and is actively cultivating new community science opportunities with faculty researchers. His current work on the Monarch butterfly has included co-authoring several fact sheets, currently in pre-publication, and preparing Extension to meet potential outreach needs should the monarch be formally listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Dunn is currently developing programming that allows Extension to offer personalized consultations to Illinois municipalities that wish to make their city more pollinator-friendly. These changes are typically enacted through code modifications or zoning updates but can also be part of infrastructure investments. He is currently seeking pilot municipal partners for the project.

As an Extension professional, graduate student, or laboratory tech, Dunn has worked in the entomological field for nearly a decade. He has been a birder since 2015 and served in volunteer leadership roles at the Champaign County Audubon Society from 2016-2020, including as president. He has an active personal interest in both botany and urban sustainability.

Dunn has a M.S. in Crop Science and a B.S. in Environmental Sustainability, both from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.