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Welcome to the Department of Entomology

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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Undergraduate Honor’s Research Students

May 13, 2019

Congratulations to all of our Undergraduate Honor’s Research Students that presented their research earlier this week at Jugatae as well!  A special congratulations to Annika Salzberg for being awarded the Entomology Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant of 2018-2019!

Top TAs honored for excellence by Cornell CALS faculty, leadership

May 10, 2019

Two entomology graduate students, Zoe Getman-Pickering and Natalie Bray, received an award for being an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.  They were provided a congratulatory lunch, a certificate and a inscribed golden apple.

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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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

Mann award winner probes cell behavior

May 14, 2019

Jennie Sims, the recipient of the Mann Outstanding Graduate Student Award, is probing why, how and when a cell chooses to repair itself, which has implications in cancer research. Read more

New signs highlight gorge dangers, delights

May 14, 2019

Resources abound – on Cornell’s Gorge Safety website, on signs along the Botanic Gardens’ trails and through the work of the gorge stewards – to help visitors safely explore and enjoy Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Natural Areas. Read more

Cornell selects eight Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows

May 9, 2019

The Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which attracts some of the world’s best young talent to Cornell, has chosen eight new fellows, including Manvendra Singh, a scientist at Max-Delbrueck Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany, sponsored by Cedric Feschotte, professor of molecular biology and genetics. Read more

CUCE-NYC educator receives NYS Hometown Alumni Award

May 9, 2019

Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte ’72, a senior extension associate, director of community relations, and the family and youth development program leader for Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC, is the latest recipient of the Cornell New York State Hometown Alumni Award. Read more

$1.5M grant will link Dryden and Cornell trails

May 2, 2019

The Town of Dryden has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to help build a critical section of the 10.5-mile Dryden Rail Trail, including a proposed pedestrian bridge over Route 13, linking the proposed rail trail with Cornell Botanic Garden Natural Areas. Read more

UV light may be ripe to replace chemicals in fungal fight

Apr 30, 2019

A team of researchers led by Cornell AgriTech’s David Gadoury has spent the last five years refining the science and applied technology behind using ultraviolet (UV) light to kill the fungi that cause powdery mildew. This year, the team will work with leading growers and extension divisions across the US to conduct nearly 20 trials with numerous crops. Read more