Primary Research Areas

Primary Research Areas

Research Areas 1Insect Responses to Environmental Change

Biological populations are likely to be affected by changes in the environment, including climate, soils, biotic communities, and human land use patterns. Given the magnitude of projected changes, entomological research will be needed to evaluate how changes in temperature and rainfall distributions, novel crop distributions, and land use patterns will affect insect populations. By studying shifts in insect species ranges, changes in their densities, and the appearance of invasive new species, entomologists will play a crucial role in environmental research and education. Insects will be bio-indicators of global environmental change and knowledge of insect responses to change will enable better predictions of the consequences of further change. 

Research Areas 2Plant, Animal and Human Health

An array of entomological research generates knowledge necessary to improve methods to protect plants, animals and human health. Research in this area naturally connects with disciplines in plant sciences, because insects interact with plants in a variety of ways, and with wildlife, veterinary and medical sciences because many animal and human diseases result when insects and ticks vector disease agents among animal and human populations.

Research Areas 3Insects in Multifunctional Landscapes

We live in an era where the agricultural and environmental sectors are exploring how best to design landscapes that support ecological health, provide economic benefits, and generate adequate food, energy and fiber for a growing human population. Research in this priority area will investigate insect responses to changes in land use patterns, with comprehensive emphasis on the ecosystem services that insects provide.