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.




Entomology PhD Students Earn 1st and 2nd Place in K-State Research Forum

Josh Urban and Alice HarrisEntomology PhD students Josh Urban (l) and Alice Harris (r) took 1st and 2nd Place, respectively, in the Biology section of the PhD oral presentations in the K-State Research Forum on 26 March 2014. Great job! Not placing, but representing us well were Erick Cordeiro, Andy Kim, Dinesh Erram, Bettina Jancke, Predeesh Chandran, and Moustapha Soumaila Issa.


Entomology PhD Student Garners 2nd Place Poster Award at ESA-NCB

Dinesh Erram

Dinesh Erram, PhD student with Ludek Zurek, won 2nd Prize in the PhD Poster competition at the 2014 meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, in Des Moines, for his poster entitled “Diversity and significance of the microbial community in the larval development and vector competence of Culicoides sonorensis for EHDV”. The poster was co-authored by Bob Pfannenstiel, Mark Ruder, Dana Nayduch, and Ludek Zurek. 


Entomology PhD Student Honored With Major Wildlife Award

Shelly WiggamShelly Wiggam, PhD student in Entomology (co-advised by Drs. Greg Zolnerowich and Brian McCornack), won the very prestigious 2014 Janice Lee Fenske Award for Excellence in Wildlife Biology. The award honors the late Janice Lee Fenske, a much-beloved fisheries biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at the time of her untimely death in 2005. She led a life wealthy in accomplishment and betterment of people and the environment, and she was the first female fisheries biologist to work for the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division. She had a deep commitment to and passion for the environment, and for the people with whom she worked. She blazed a clear trail for female wildlife biologists to follow, and was a valued and effective mentor. The award is presented by The Wildlife Society, the North Central Division of The Wildlife Society, the Michigan and Missouri Chapters of The Wildlife Society, and the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Shelly was selected from among nominees from 13 US states and Canada. The Fenske Memorial Award for Excellence in Wildlife Biology winner is selected based on those attributes that characterized Janice Fenske - the recipient’s enthusiasm to conserve and restore wildlife resources through management activities, selflessness and motivation to teach others, interest in professional involvement, and integrity, positive attitude, and compassion. The winner of the Fenske Memorial Award is also selected based on academic ability and scholarly achievements.


Entomology MS Student Ximena Cibils-Stewart Receives National Recognition

 Ximena Legends AwardXimena Cibils-Stewart was recently honored with the 2013 Plant-Insect Ecosystems Legends of Entomology Award for Master Student Achievement at the 2013, 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Austin, TX. This award recognizes aspiring entomologists who exhibit exceptional potential, and students are selected based on their graduate research project, creative approaches to teaching, exemplary outreach, and service to the discipline. Ximena completed a dual major in Biology and Entomology at Iowa State University prior to starting her degree at Kansas State University in spring of 2011. During her tenure in the Department of Entomology, she has presented her research in local, regional and national venues and receiving accolades for work. Ximena received the Fred Clute Endowed Scholarship from the Department of Entomology in 2012, which recognized her scientific contributions, and more recently received the 2013 O.W. (Spide) Morris Service Award from the department for her exceptional service. In 2013, the Kansas State University Chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society recognized Ximena as the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant of the Year. Her thesis, which she successfully defended in October, titled “Influence of plant architecture on tritrophic interactions between canola, aphids and Hippodamia  convergens” is a significant contribution to the scientific literature on plant-insect interactions. She has been a tremendous ambassador for the department and Kansas State University and is well deserving of this recognition. Ximena is graduating with her MS degree in Entomology in December, 2013. Ximena is advised by Dr. Brian McCornack (Department of Entomology). McCornack had the privilege of introducing Ximena prior to her accepting the award and was recognized by the Plant-Insect Ecoystems Section of the Entomological Society of America for his outstanding student mentoring.


Dr. John Reese Named a 2013 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

John ReeseDr. John Reese, Professor of Entomology at K-State, was selected as a Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest scientific organization (the official announcement is here). He was selected for distinguished contributions to entomological sciences, particularly in the fields of plant-insect interactions and plant resistance to insects. Dr. Reese's research focuses on plant resistance to insects. He specializes in aphid salivary enzymes in insect-plant interactions, functionality of genes in aphid salivary glands, plant resistance to aphids and plant tolerance to aphid feeding damage. Dr. Reese has published more than 120 peer reviewed journal articles. This is a singular honor, with Dr Reese joining another member of our department, Dr. Kun Yan Zhu (2012 Fellow), as 2 of only 19 AAAS Fellows at Kansas State University. Congratulations, John!




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.




Contact Information

For more information
please contact us at:
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.


Prospective Students


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Learn more about Mudge Week, which occurs 7-12 April 2014, with activities and competitions for students. Get ready!


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AgReport Fall 2013