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.

Spring 2017 Insect Course Offerings

1005 Insect Biology (spring)

Diverse biology of insects and their arthropod relatives. Insect behavior (including social insects), pollination, herbivory, insects as disease vectors, beneficial insects, insect population dynamics/ecology. Insects' role in natural, agricultural, and urban, systems. Lecture/lab.

ENT 3281 Veterninary Entomology (spring)

Biology/management of insects, mites, ticks that affect livestock, poultry, companion animals. Emphasizes problem identification/solving. Lecture, lab.

ENT 3925 Insects, Aquatic Habitats and Pollution (spring)

Effects differing classes of pollutants have on aquatic insects. 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.

ENT 4001 Agroecology and Insect Pests (spring)

Evaluation of the ecological processes that operate in agricultural production systems as they relate to insect pest management, emphasizing an ecologically-based, integrated approach to managing arthropod pests of agronomic and horticulture crops.

ENT 5041 Insect Ecology (spring)

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.