About Us

The Department of Entomology's mission is threefold: To pursue studies to understand basic and applied aspects of insect biology; to provide a robust and modern curriculum as part of preeminent undergraduate and graduate programs; and to inform and educate the public about the issues related to insects and other arthropods. Explore our website to find out more about the department. 

Our faculty primarily works on two campuses: Cornell's main campus in Ithaca, New York and the New York State Agricultural Station in Geneva, New York. We also work in two agricultural field stations in the state of New York.

Are you interested in visiting?

In order to facilitate your visit to the Cornell Entomology Department and allow us a chance to set up meetings with specific individuals who can best answer your questions, please contact Cheryl Gombas (Ithaca) or Holly King (Geneva) a week in advance so that we may schedule your visit with appropriate individuals.


Grad Student Spotlight

Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Research Interests:  For my Ph.D. research, I am studying local and long-distance dispersal of onion thrips, Thrips tabaci, and the implications of their dispersal on the epidemiology of Iris yellow spot virus (IYSV) in onion, one of New York's most valuable vegetable crops.  Onion thrips are an important pest of onions and the sole vector of IYSV in New York.  My research will identify important temporal characteristics of onion thrips dispersal in the interest of formulating effective onion thrips/IYSV management strategies in the New York onion ecosystem.