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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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School 'nutrition report cards' spur healthy choices

Dec 4, 2013

Step away from that ice cream sandwich: Point-of-sale technology may help students eating in school cafeterias refrain from devouring junky frozen treats, flavored drinks and potato chips when their parents receive “nutrition report cards.” Read more

'Scary dancers' chase birds from fruit

Dec 4, 2013

Those large, inflatable plastic characters that loom over used car lots have a new purpose: scaring away birds that cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. orchards and vineyards. Read more

Olyha, Shearer win Marshall Scholarships

Dec 3, 2013

Two graduating seniors with records of excellence in undergraduate research, athletics and community service, Samantha Olyha and Emily Shearer, are heading to Oxford as Cornell’s 2014 Marshall Scholarship recipients. Read more

Eight on faculty named AAAS fellows

Nov 25, 2013

Eight Cornell scientists have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Read more

Cornell-Penn State ice cream rivalry resumes

Nov 21, 2013

Production of Cornell Dairy ice cream resumed September 2013, sending frozen milk and tantalizing flavors burbling through all that stainless steel and into containers with a redesigned Cornell Dairy logo. Read more