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.

November 09, 2018

Aaron Gassmann has contributed to three of the top eight Journal of Economic Entomology articles that were noted as the top articles contributing to the 2017 Impact Factor and most cited for the journal, reported in the 2018 Editorial Board Report. Two USDA, ARS scientists and ISU affiliated faculty, Thomas Sappington and Rick Hellmich contributed to one of those articles entitled, “Early Detection and Mitigation of Resistance to Bt Maize by Western Corn Rootworm” in JEE Volume 109. 

October 26, 2018

Kelsey Fisher, Ph.D. student in entomology is one of 8 finalists in the ISU 3 Minute (3M) thesis competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by master’s or Ph.D. students around the world. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases students' capacity to explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide. The finals are on Nov 5th from 5-6pm in room 2157 Pearson Hall and open to the public. Please attend and support Kelsey

October 25, 2018

Daniel Robison from West Virginia University, Morgantown, has been named the next endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station.

October 24, 2018

The ISU Monarch workgroup has been busy this summer. Team members participated in many summer outreach activities; more than 50 events and activities from April-Sept 2018; that’s an average of 2+ per week!

October 24, 2018

The updated 2.1 version of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy is now published.

October 18, 2018

Corn borer publicationThe European corn borer publication NCR 0327 has been completed and is available in both print and PDF formats from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store.  This comprehensive publication is a product of the USDA-NIFA Multi-state Committee NC246. Four Experiment Station...


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