Our department houses some of the world's preeminent resources for the study of entomology including one of the world's largest insect collections, working farms of all sizes, a major honey bee colony and state-of-the-art laboratories.
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.
The department is based in the John H. and Anna B. Comstock Hall, where you will find our main office and many of our laboratories, classrooms and faculty offices. Also on Cornell's campus are the insectary and plant-pathology greenhouse complexes, and the nearby Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Studies.
The Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies
The Dyce Lab is the center for beekeeping resources in the Northeast. For the past 50 years, the lab has been the go-to place for beekeeping resources, workshops, and honey bee information. The lab's focus is to promote a sustainable beekeeping industry by conducting applied research, providing educational programs, and supporting beekeepers. The lab works closely with hobbyist, part-time, and commercial beekeepers across New York.
The Entomology Library
The Comstock Memorial Library of Entomology represents a world-class collection in general and applied entomology, parasitology, medical entomology, ecology, zoological nomenclature and allied orders of arthropods. The library has an extensive number of reprints, a collection of the departmental theses and rare books. The collection can now be found at Cornell's Albert R. Mann Library.
The Insect Collection
The Cornell University Insect Collection serves as a repository of insect biodiversity which contributes to a global understanding of entomology. With over 7 million specimens, the collection's research relies on technological advances such as molecular sequencing and digital imaging to support projects focusing on invasive species, bee phylogenetics, Hawaiian insects and environmental response to new types. The collection is located on the second floor of Comstock Hall.
Sarkaria Arthropod Research Laboratory
SARL is a special quarantine facility providing research capacity for arthropods for experimentation on their biology and control. The facility houses exotic pest species as well as non-indigenous arthropods that might serve as biological control agents of pests. SARL was generously supported by Daljit S. and Elaine Sakaria.
Our Geneva campus is located 50 miles northwest of lthaca. Here, the primary focus is to provide economical and environmentally-compatible insect and mite control systems for the protection of horticultural crops.
The Geneva Library provides advanced reference services, access to paper texts from any library and direct electronic access to all Cornell library resources, as well as Cornell's collection of wine monographs.
Faculty make use of the Station's eight nearby research farms, totaling 850 acres of prime fruit and vegetable soil, and 65,000 square feet of greenhouse space.
Other Field Stations
Hudson Valley Laboratory
The Hudson Valley Laboratory in Highland, New York (Ulster County) consists of 19 acres of land for research in fruit, with laboratory and greenhouse facilities. The laboratory building and the land on which the building is situated are owned by the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, Inc. (a grower-owned organization) and are rented by the Experiment Station. The academic staff includes an entomologist, a pomologist and a plant pathologist.
Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory
The Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory boasts of 28 acres of research vineyards and new laboratory facilities are located in western New York, in Chautauqua County, the heart of New York's prime grape-growing region.