February 25, 2022

The Entomology and PLPM departments are proud to celebrate Mark Gleason (PLPM) and John VanDyk (ENT) for their 25 years of service at Iowa State University. Mark and John join 66 other faculty and staff who hit the 25 year mark in 2021 and are invited to the 25 Year Club gathering and dinner next week. Thanks and congratulations to Mark and John for their contributions!

February 21, 2022

Thumbnail of 2021 Entomology Annual Newsletter The Department of Entomology Newsletter covering events from 2021 is now available, featuring an introduction by chair Steve Harris, a feature on corn borer legend Bud Guthrie, and all the latest news and happenings from the department.

February 10, 2022

Mosquito surveillance efforts led by Iowa State University entomologists uncovered evidence that the invasive mosquito species known as Aedes albopictus for the first time is surviving the winter in three Iowa counties, allowing the species to establish itself in those locations.

January 26, 2022

Gassmann’s research focuses on interactions between crop plants and insect pests, and approaches for improving agricultural sustainability. In particular, he is interested in factors affecting the evolution of resistance by insect pests to genetically engineered crops that produce insecticidal proteins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), and ways in which agricultural systems can be managed to delay Bt resistance. Read the full story from ISU News Service

September 13, 2021

Posted Aug 24, 2021, 9:30 am by Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa – A recent study led by an Iowa State University entomologist, Dr. Ryan Smith, explores the different kinds of cells that make up mosquito immune systems. The research could shed light on how mosquitoes transmit malaria.

August 23, 2021

Kelsey Fisher 

Jim Oleson Scholarship in Entomology

The Jim Oleson Scholarship in Entomology provides scholarships for one undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Insect Science or Entomology per year. Scholarships are for one year but may be renewed for additional years. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic promise and initiative and hence a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. Recent past award recipients were Teresa Blader in 2016, Edmund Norris in 2017, and Ashley St. Clair in both 2018 & 2019.

April 01, 2021

Steven Harris is the next chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University effective April 1, 2021. More

January 25, 2021

newsletterThe 2021 Department of Entomology Newsletter is now available, featuring fond memories of the Insectary and the inaugural batch of ISU Honey.

August 28, 2020

ISU and Entomology alum Carol Fassbinder-Orth was featured in the August 28 issue of The ISU Alumni Association News Flash

August 12, 2020

Joel R. Coats, a specialist in insect toxicology at Iowa State University, said his lab had tested nootkatone and found it to be “an impressive repellent but a weak insecticide.” - New York Times

July 01, 2020

As fall 2020 approaches, the following plans and guidelines are available for the buildings that house the Department of Entomology:

Science II Guidelines

ATRB Workspace Guidelines

ATRB Supervisor Workspace Plan

February 11, 2020

The 2020 Department of Entomology Alumni Newsletter, covering events from 2019, is now available.

January 23, 2020

The insectary, constructed in 1928, will be razed in 2020.

September 16, 2019

Joel Coats, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Entomology, in the Department of Entomology at ISU recently was conferred with the title of Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He was presented with the honor in a ceremony at the National ACS Meeting in San Diego this Fall.

March 29, 2019


Several members of the ISU Entomology department including students, faculty, and staff, attended the recent Entomological Society of America - North Central Branch meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio from March 17 to March 20.

March 06, 2019

As part of the National training for 4-H Ag Innovator’s Experience Native Bee Challenge, Iowa State Department of Entomology helped host a group high school students from Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and other midwestern states.

February 05, 2019

AMES, Iowa — This week, the World Wildlife Fund released its 2018-2019 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately 15 acres of forest canopy in Mexico, a doubling of last year’s population, and a level not seen since 10 years ago.

The report provides hope, say leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium.

February 05, 2019

Melanie Aust is an undergraduate research assistant with the ISU monarch butterfly research team. Aust, a native of Glenwood, Iowa, is a senior in animal ecology and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Environmental Science Club, and Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Club. She has worked with the monarch team in the field and in the lab since 2018.

January 09, 2019

Erin Hodgson has published an article entitled "Using Immediate Feedback to Improve Short-Term Learning in Extension" in the January 2018 Journal of Integrated Pest Management that explores the use of the IFAT/scratch cards that provides participants with immediate feedback and facilitates learning.  Cards offer a low budget, face-to-face technique that provides reliable evaluation data.

November 19, 2018

Niranjana Krishnan and Maura Hall presented their research at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Sacramento this month. Niranjana talked about the risks of insecticide use on monarch butterfly larvae and Maura presented her data on neonicotinoid concentrations in various plant species including milkweed.


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