July 02, 2018

Dr. Ryan Smith oversees a program that makes use of traps across the state to monitor the dynamics of the state’s mosquito populations.  Read more in the ISU News Service release from June 26, 2018.


June 01, 2018

A proposal submitted by Megan Rogers  and Dr. Ryan Smith was selected for funding for Fall, 2018 College of Liberal Arts Dean's High Impact Award for Undergraduate Research.

May 03, 2018

R. Isaí Madriz received his Ph.D. from ISU with Dr. Greg Courtney.  He received a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship and has produced the following insect board game for educators.

March 29, 2018

Isaí Madriz, ISU Entomology Ph.D. alumni, had his latest story published on the National Geographic Voices page. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring the surrounding areas of Chile's Northern Patagonia Ice Field.

The story is about the rare primitive crane fly. 

March 28, 2018

Iowa Monarch LeadershipThe Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was one of four groups that was presented the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards at the Iowa Agriculture Leaders Dinner on March 6.

March 27, 2018

Linnaean Games Team 2018Iowa State had a very strong presence at this year’s North Central Branch-Entomological Society of America meeting. A group of 15 entomology students attended the 2018 NCB-ENT meeting in Wisconsin this past week. 

January 31, 2018

Congratulations to our fall 2017 Entomology scholarship recipients: Edmund Norris, Rebekah Reynolds, Ashley St. Claire, and Niranjana Krishnan

January 30, 2018

The 2018 Department of Entomology Newsletter (pdf) is now available, featuring Wendy Wintersteen named 16 Iowa State University president, BugGuide upgrade from crowdfunding, Jurenka and O'Neal pollinator patent, Midwestern Center for Disease Vectors, Faculty of Distinction...

January 17, 2018

Congratulations to Erin Hodgson, who was selected as the 2018 winner of the Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. The award recognizes demonstrated excellent performance through program creativity, impact, achievement...

January 17, 2018

Isai received his Ph.D. from ISU with a major in Entomology.  Greg Courtney was his major professor. His latest story is published on the National Geographic Voices page. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring Chile's Northern Patagonia Ice Field. 

This story is about a remote, pristine area called Ofqui isthmus.

December 04, 2017

Dr. R. Isaí Madriz R. Isaí Madriz, an ISU Entomology alumni, recently had one of his stories published as part of the National Geographic Voices project. This story is part of a nine month project with Fulbright and National Geographic exploring Chile's Northern...

August 22, 2017

Jeff Bradshaw (’07 PhD entomology, plant pathology), entomologist for University of Nebraska Extension and Outreach, has been named research and extension director intern for the Panhandle Center and Panhandle Extension District.

August 11, 2017

The U.S. Postal Service on August 3, 2017 issued Protect Pollinator stamps to “pay tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators.” “Two of our continents most iconic” insects are featured: the monarch butterfly and the western honey bee.  The insects are pictured pollinating five plants native to North America:  coneflower, golden ragwort, zinnia, New England aster, and goldenrod.  The Protect Pollinators stamps are Forever® stamps for $0.49 each.  

July 27, 2017

Congratulations to Betsy Buffington on receiving the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE) Distinguished Achievement in Pesticide Safety Education Award. Betsy has been instrumental in the development of Worker Protection Standards training materials, online educational resources, and manual development at the national level and received the award...

June 20, 2017

Hodgson ELA cohortCongratulations to Dr. Erin Hodgson on completing the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Academy

June 09, 2017

Ge Zhang and Teresa Blader each placed third in their respective highly-competitive student competitions at the Entomological Society of America - North Central Branch meeting held in Indianapolis, IN, June 4-6, 2017.
Teresa Blader and Erika Rodbell co-presented a paper at the Entomological Society of America - North Central Branch meetings held recently in Indianapolis, IN. 
Erika Rodbell and Teresa Blader competed in the Triplehorn Pinning Challenge. 

March 21, 2017

Donald Lewis (left) and Jerry DeWitt in summer of 1977.Happy 40th Anniversary to Dr. Donald Lewis, Extension Entomologist, who started at ISU on March 21, 1977.  Photo is from the summer of 1977; Dr. Jerry DeWitt (right) and Lewis.

February 23, 2017

Ginny MitchellGinny Mitchell has a fondness for something that may make other people’s skin crawl. She loves insects, and has made a career out of it.

February 14, 2017

Bob was the Entomology Department's Systematist and Taxonomist from 1967 until his retirement in 1996. He passed away on Jan. 18, 2017, at Green Hills Heath Care Center in Ames. Burial of the cremains will take place in the ISU cemetery.

November 15, 2016

Wendy WintersteenDean Wendy Wintersteen is the 2016 recipient of the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. 

October 05, 2016

Bryony BonningCongratulations to Bryony Bonning, Professor, who received the Iowa State University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research at the University Awards Ceremony held Monday, September 26, 2016.

September 20, 2016

New County Record.  The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, has been confirmed in Iowa County. This finding brings the total to 35 counties in Iowa where EAB is confirmed.

July 01, 2016

IA EAB postive sites The Iowa Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) team today announced that EAB has been found in 2 additional counties, bringing the total count to 34 counties with confirmed infestations of this exotic pest that kills ash trees.  

June 07, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Mosquitoes are taking flight across Iowa, and it’s likely only a matter of time before they appear in a backyard near you.
The impending mosquito season has already begun for medical entomologists at Iowa State University, who will continue longstanding efforts to monitor West Nile Virus and expand surveillance of mosquito species with the potential to carry Zika virus. 

March 01, 2016

Photograph of Sue BlodgettAlthough the number of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico has rebounded, leaders of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, say that sustained efforts of Iowa crop and livestock farmers, landowners and conservationists are critical to monarch conservation.


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