Welcome to Entomology!
KSU Department of Entomology was ranked the 4th best department of entomology in the world by the Center for World University Rankings on April 3rd, 2017. The rankings are based on the number and quality of professional publications produced by the department. Congratulations to the department on its remarkable productivity!
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
The department is housed in Waters Hall and maintains excellent research facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and a research insect collection. The department currently has 16 permanent, and 31 adjunct/ancillary faculty, four full-time office staff, about 20 postdoctoral and technical support staff, 33 graduate students, as well as other temporary personnel and student employees involved in research.
KSU Entomology Students reap awards at National ESA Meeting
Our students were once again amazing at the national Entomological Society of America meeting in Denver! Pictured at left are the ESA winners from K- State! Left to right: Joe Krauska (2nd Place, P-IE Ecology poster session), Jessica Thomson (2nd Place, MUVE Diptera Flies oral session), Grace Craigie (1st Place, P-IE Field Crops session; 2nd Place, Lightning Bug 3-minute presentation), and Ryan Schmid (1st Place, P-IE IPM Field Crops oral session 1).
K-State Entomology undergraduate minors also collected honors at the National Entomological Society of America meeting in Denver. Rachel Wilkins (mentored by Rob Morrison) won 1st Prize in the Undergraduate Virtual Poster competition. Matt Hamblin (co-mentored by Jim Campbell and Rob Morrison) won 2nd Prize in the same competition. Sweep! We have amazing students! Congratulations to all of you! And thanks for being such great ambassadors!
State IPM Coordinator Frannie Miller recognized by National Association of County Agents
State IPM Coordinator Frannie Miller (pictured left, center receiving plaque) received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agents during their annual meeting in Salt Lake City on July 12th. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to members who have served at least 10 years as members of the Cooperative Extension Service, who have conducted outstanding programs, are held in high esteem by their fellow workers, and are approved by the State Director of Extension. Congratulations, Frannie!
Entomology Professor Kun Yan Zhu recognized as University Distinguished Professor
Field Guide to Western North American Fireflies - NEW 2016 Draft Available
The latest draft of Dr. Larry Buschman's field guide to western fireflies is available here for use. It is in pdf format, and will continue to be updated and modified. You can download it here.
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.
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