Want to Learn about Insects?

Insects represent the single largest group of animal species -- they influence every facet of life and they are a very important part of human health and well-being. Insects are the earth’s most diverse forms of life. Almost half of the species of all living organisms and over 70 percent of all animal species belong to the group known as insects. Insects play critical roles, both good and bad.

In the past, student interests have included biological control, invasion biology, medical entomology, molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance, social insect biology, biochemistry of insect development, the effects of climate change on insect/plant interactions, and specific problems related to forest, field and fruit crop, and horticultural pest species.

Fall 2016 Insect Course Offerings

 Insects, Aquatic Habitats, and PollutionENT 3925: Insects, Aquatic Habitat, and Pollution- Insect life-cycle dynamics, trophic guilds, community structure. Hypotheses to explain community structure in streams, rivers, wetlands, ponds, lakes, reservoirs. Organic pollution, eutrophication, heavy metal pollution, runoff/siltation, acidification, thermal pollution. Changes in aquatic insect community structure. Designing/maintaining biological monitoring networks.

 Agroecology and Insect Pests ENT 4001: Agroecology and Insect Pests- Overview of historic and modern agricultural practices with emphasis on the principles and techniques used to reduce pest levels below those causing injury of economic losses in agriculture.

 Forest and Shade Tree EntomologyENT 4251: Forest and Shade Tree Entomology-Biology, ecology, population management of forest/shade tree insects. Emphasizes predisposing factors/integrated management.

 Insect Biodiversity and EvolutionENT 5021: Insect Biodiversity and Evolution-Identification of families of adult insects. Evolution/classification of insects. Techniques of collecting/curating insects. Principles of phylogeny reconstruction.

 Insect EcologyENT 5041: Insect Ecology-Synthetic analysis of the causes of insect diversity and of fluctuations in insect abundance. Focus on abiotic, biotic, and evolutionary mechanisms influencing insect populations and communities. 

 Medical EntomologyENT 5275: Medical Entomology- Biology of arthropod vectors of human disease. Emphasizes disease transmission and host, vector, and pathogen interactions.