Welcome to Entomology!
What Entomology is, and why you should care -
Entomology is the study of insects, but also embraces the study of other Arthropods, including spiders, ticks, and mites. Arthropods are the most diverse and abundant macro-organisms on earth, and have a great impact on us throughout our lives. Entomology is a broad science that addresses many relevant issues. We compete with insects for our food, and there is an emphasis in our department on protecting crops from insect attack in the field and after harvest to help provide safe and healthy food to mankind. Arthropods also transmit numerous serious diseases to humans (malaria, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Leishmaniasis, and many more), and work in our department addresses how transmission occurs and how to stop it to foster global human health. Arthropods provide great insights into our place on the planet and the vast diversity of life and how it developed. Work in our department is addressing the great diversity of Arthropods, and how the myriad life histories have evolved in ecological and historical contexts, helping us know how to protect and conserve our world for generations to come.
General Department Information
Ecologist Jay Rosenheim Presented Hopkins Colloquium Address on 23 March
The Hopkins Colloquium is an annual award established in 1998 to honor Professor Theodore L. Hopkins, Emeritus Professor of Entomology at Kansas State University, for his many contributions to the science of entomology. The award supports the visit of a distinguished scientist working in an area of current importance and interest, and who brings new and important research in entomological science to the Department of Entomology.
PhD Student Shelly Wiggam Receives National Grant from The Nature Conservancy
PhD student Shelly Wiggam (mentored by Greg Zolnerowich and Brian McCornack) was awarded 1 of 5 J.E. Weaver research grants by the Nature Conservancy. The top five grants were selected from a national and competitive pool of applicants seeking support for biodiversity and conservation research. The grants are administered by The Nature Conservancy through its Nebraska Chapter’s J.E. Weaver Competitive Grant Program and each grant is for $1,000. Congratulations, Shelly!
PhD Student Ryan Schmid Wins One of Two Capitol Graduate Research Summit Scholarships
Entomology PhD student Ryan Schmid (mentored by Brian McCornack) was one of two Kansas State University students to receive Capitol Graduate Research Summit Scholarships at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka on 12 February 2015. The other winner was Ms. Kavitha Penugonda, doctoral candidate in Human Nutrition. They will each receive $500 scholarships from the Graduate School. Also representing Entomology and K-State at the Summit was MS student Rukmini Puri Giri (mentored by Ludek Zurek). Congratulations Ryan and Rukmini!
PhD Student Shelly Wiggam Takes Top PhD Poster at Society for Range Management
Shelly Wiggam, PhD student in Entomology (co-mentored by Greg Zolnerowich and Brian McCornack), brought home first place in the PhD-level poster competition at the 68th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management held from January 31st to February 6th 2015 in Sacramento, California. Her poster was entitled “Patch-Burn Grazing Promotes Pollinator Diversity Through Spatially Explicit Habitat Heterogeneity”. The award is sponsored by the Society for Range Management and Dow AgroSciences. Congratulations, Shelly!
Entomology Professor C. Michael Smith Selected as 2014 AAAS Fellow
Dr. Mike Smith was one of two KSU faculty to be selected as a 2014 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This is a singular honor, adding to Mike’s previous selection as a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. You can find the official announcement here: http://www.aaas.org/news/new-aaas-fellows-recognized-their-contributions-advancing-science. Mike joins fellow KSU entomologists Kun Yan Zhu and John Reese among the ranks of the 21 AAAS Fellows on campus. Congratulations, Mike!
KSU Entomology Debate Team Wins Head-to-head Debate at 2014 ESA Meeting
The KSU Entomology Debate Team won their head-to-head debate against FAMU at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland, defending the value of transgenic mosquitoes for reducing malaria cases. In the picture, the team is with ESA President Frank Zalom (far left) after being declared winners of their head-to-head debate. The team members are (from right): Edwin Afful (working with Tom Phillips), Aaron Cato (also with Tom Phillips), Bettina Jancke (working with Jeremy Marshall), and Dinesh Erram (working with Ludek Zurek). Congratulations on an excellent performance! The team was co-coached by David Margolies and John Ruberson.
The Department of Entomology has an excellent, highly-ranked faculty committed to research, teaching, and extension in diverse contemporary disciplines related to entomological science. Kansas State University is a major research institution which also places high value on its teaching and extension programs. The university is located in Manhattan, within the scenic Flint Hills Region. Read More.