Department of Entomology
123 W. Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004

 

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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. AsilidEntomology 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 18 permanent, and 31 adjunct/ancillary faculty, four full-time office staff, about 20 postdoctoral and technical support staff, 33 graduate students, and other temporary personnel and student employees involved in research. For information on how to manage insect pest problems visit our Entomology Extension web pages that contain links to current topics, publications, newsletters, 4-H and youth programs, and more.

 


Noteworthy

PhD Student Ryan Schmid Wins One of Two Capitol Graduate Research Summit Scholarships

Ryan Schmid.jpgEntomology 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 WiggamShelly 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

Mike SmithDr. 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

ESA Debate TeamThe 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.

 

KSU Entomology Students Earn Awards at 2014 Annual Meetings

Ryan Schmid IOBC 2014Entomology graduate students Barbara Amoah and Jamie Aikins (both working with Tom Phillips) both took second place in the PBT section poster competition at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland. Great work, Barbara and Jamie! KSU Entomology grad student Ryan Schmid (right in picture; working with Brian McCornack) won the International Organization for Biological Control Nearctic Region Section's Outstanding MS Student Award at the IOBC meeting in Portland. Also shown is Ryan's MS mentor and IOBC-NRS president Jonathan Lundgren. Congratulations, Ryan!

 

 

  


Departmental Values

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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Contact Information

For more information
please contact us at: entomology@ksu.edu
123 W. Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506-4004
FAX: (785) 532-6232
PHONE: (785) 532-6154

 

Got Bugs?

For insect identification and general questions contact our diagnostician.

Or reference our Entomology Extension web pages

Also read the Kansas Insect Newsletter, for up-to-date info.

 

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Time for another Mudge Week!

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Learn more about Mudge Week, which is coming up on 23-28 March 2015, with activities and competitions for students. 

  

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Learn about the Kansas Entomological Society here 

  

Entomological Society of AmericaLearn about the Entomological Society of America here 

 

And check out the Fall 2013 AgReport with special features about the College and its activities:

AgReport Fall 2013