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For more than 125 years, our faculty members, staff and students have been working to advance the field of insect biology and apply that knowledge to solve problems and improve lives.

As one of the top-ranked entomology programs in the country, our work spans the globe and impacts human lives on many levels, influencing a broad range of disciplines including human and veterinary medicine, farming, biodiversity and genomics.

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Improving Pollinator Health: What We Know and What YOU Can Do

Jun 5, 2019

Reunion lecture by Scott McArt (Dept. of Entomology)
Friday, June 7, 9:30 am
Stern Seminar Room (Mann Library Room 160)
(Followed by an exhibit reception in the Mann Gallery and, at 11:15 a.m., a tour of pollinator-friendly plants in the Cornell Botanic Gardens)
Recent research showing declining pollinator populations throughout the world is lending urgency to the topic of pollinator health.  A multi-media program invites the Cornell community to a hands-on exploration of this issue. Dr. Scott McArt (Cornell Dept. of Entomology) will present a lecture highlighting what scientists currently know about the global state of pollinator health, how they’ve teamed up with artists to broaden awareness, and what everyone can do to support thriving pollinator populations in our backyards and neighborhoods. Following the lecture, a reception in the Mann Gallery will celebrate Mann’s newest exhibit “PolliNation: Artists Crossing Borders with Scientists to Explore the Value of Pollinator Health.” At 11:15 a.m., a garden tour with Krissy Boys and Robert Wesley of the Cornell Botanic Gardens and Nikki Cerra of the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures will introduce participants to Cornell’s new “Botanic Buzzline” pollinator walkway, with a close-up introduction to plants most effective for attracting, feeding and sustaining healthy pollinator communities. (Garden tour will begin at the Dallas Garden Walkway behind Mann Library).    
In partnership with the Department of Entomology, Mann Library is also hosting an open house and making activity in the mannUfactory makerspace on Saturday June 8, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We will provide materials and instruction for making mason bee hotels that help create attractive bee habitat in your home garden. All ages welcome!

Chapman Award

May 30, 2019

Geneva Entomology honored Ashley Leach with the 2018-2019 Chapman Graduate Student Fellowship Award at an April 30th award presentation & seminar.

TSSM Monitoring

May 24, 2019

Two-spotted spider mites (Tetranychus urticae) are important pests of strawberry worldwide. Finding them in the field can be challenging, but regular monitoring for their presence is essential for IPM practices. This video demonstrates how to sample for and identify two-spotted spider mites, and offers some guidance on using thresholds to apply chemical and biological controls. This video was produced by Samantha Willden, an EOA student at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY Read more

Pollinator Network

Pollinators are essential for maintaining floral diversity and for producing many important agricultural crops that feed residents of New York and other areas of the world. 

Cornell University has a robust network of pollinator research and extension program related to all aspects of pollinator life: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity, Behavior, Pesticides, Pests, parasites, and disease, Pollinator management.  Explore the Cornell Pollinator website for information on bee research taking place at Cornell, news and upcoming events, and for a variety of extension materials related to pollinators and beekeeping.

Engaged Entomology

EOA students Mike Wolfin and Zach Cohen have been visiting local schools educating students about different insects and arthropods while Joanna Fisher has been visiting with groups like 4H, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Master Forest Owners, EAB First Detectors trying to teach the public how to identify invasive species like emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, and Asian longhorned beetle.

The Naturalist Outreach group has been visiting local classrooms and community groups to talk about the natural history, ecology, and behavior of animals and plants.  They have also created a series of videos teaching the public about an array of issues from pollination to bats to aquatic insects and more.  This group is not only teaching but trying to inspire and engage more people into science.

Insectapalooza is a one day insect fair held annually by the department bringing in families from as far as Michigan each year.  This event reaches thousands of visitors who get hands on experience learning about many different arthropods, their importance and benefits to our community.

Emprire Farm Days and the New York State Fair are two other annual events attended by the Department of Entomology where large groups of people are reached.  

Fruit Fly Trap

Ever wonder how to get rid of those pesky fruit flies in your home?

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Awards fund innovations in digital agriculture

Jun 14, 2019

Projects ranging from a soil-swimming robot that can sense conditions in the root zone in real time to computational models that can predict produce spoilage received seed funds from the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture’s new Research Innovation Fund. Read more

Lab of Ornithology debuts its first feature film

Jun 14, 2019

“Bird of Prey,” the first feature documentary produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was released to the public June 13. It tells the story of the great Philippine eagle, the largest and rarest bird of prey in the world. Read more

Grant writing course for female faculty tackles funding gap

Jun 11, 2019

To address a funding imbalance, the Cornell Women’s Grant Fellows Workshop aims to familiarize female assistant professors with the landscape of federal funders, program officers and grant applications, and to teach tips for writing a winning proposal. Read more

Student Profile: Matt Boucher

May 29, 2019

Matt Boucher is a doctoral student in the field of entomology researching the role that flies have in the overall health of apple orchard ecosystems. Read more

Cornell to celebrate 151st Commencement

May 20, 2019

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack’s Commencement address and the Senior Convocation address by science educator Bill Nye ’77 will highlight Cornell’s 151st Graduation Weekend, May 24-26. Read more