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 27, 2016

Dr. William Showers received the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Lifetime Achievement Award from the Entomological Society of America. Only five of these have been awarded and two were made to faculty from Iowa State (the other was Larry Pedigo).

July 05, 2016

Soybean aphid research in the ISU Department of Entomology seeks to use biological control to control this common pest.

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. 

April 12, 2016

Joel Coats (left) and 2016 Paul Dahm memorial lecturer Ke Dong (right).Joel Coats (left) and 2016 Paul Dahm memorial lecturer Ke Dong (right).

Ke Dong of Michigan State University delivered the 2016 Paul Dahm Memorial Lecture titled Can Mosquitoes and Flies Smell Pyrethroid Insecticides?


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.

February 12, 2016

Department of Entomology Alumni Newsletter 2016The 2016 Department of Entomology Newsletter is now available

February 11, 2016

Screenshot of Ryan Smith's interviewShould Iowans be concerned about the Zika virus? Dr. Ryan Smith weighs in with information from his lab's mosquito research. You can watch the interview on KCCI's website.

January 07, 2016

Richard L. Hellmich, assistant professor of entomology at Iowa State University and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, has been inducted into the Greensburg, Indiana Community High School Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony took place on December 18; he graduated from the high school in 1973.

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November 02, 2015

photograph of Dr. Wendy WintersteenDean Wendy Wintersteen received the CAST President’s Award at a gathering held Wednesday, October 28, at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. The event was part of CAST’s Fall Board Meeting, and it featured a speech by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize.


September 28, 2015

photograph of Erin HodgsonErin Hodgson was awarded $127,247 for the project, “Protecting Soybeans from Aphids, as Easy as (Rag) 1, 2, and 3.”


September 23, 2015

photograph of Dr. Ryan SmithRyan grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, Riverside for both his BS (Biology) and Ph.D. (Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology).

September 22, 2015

photograph of Joel Coats with President LeathDr. Joel Coats, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Toxicology, has received the Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award.

Photograph of Joel Coats receiving award from President Leath

September 18, 2015

photograph of Dr. Gregory CourtneyDr. Gregory Courtney, Professor of Entomology, has received the Regents Faculty Excellence Award.


July 06, 2015

Matthew ONealMatt O'Neal will serve as the Chair of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture through 2017. Lisa Schulte-Moore will remain as Associate Chair.

June 05, 2015

Photograph of Jerry DeWittNCR-SARE is pleased to announce that Jerry DeWitt of Holly Springs, North Carolina is being honored as a 2015 “NCR-SARE Hero.”

June 05, 2015

The recent North Central Branch of the Entomological Society meetings were held in Manhattan, Kansas in early June.  Three graduate students were recognized for their research poster and presentations in the Student Competition.

Eric Clifton took first place for a poster in the MUVE/PIE session on his Ph.D. research

Mike Dunbar took third place for a presentation on his Ph.D. research in the PIE session

December 15, 2014

Photograph of Wendy WintersteenDr. Photograph of Brian MeyerWintersteen and Brian Meyer at Iowa State University provided leadership for a report entitled, Pursuing a Unifying Message: Elevating Food, Agricultural...

October 03, 2014

This week, the entomology department at Iowa State University is celebrating two of our most productive faculty. Drs. Bryony Bonning and Russell Jurenka have been on the faculty for 20 years! Bonning and Jurenka are Full Professors and have active research and teaching programs. Congratulations to you both for all the hard work!  

September 25, 2014

Professor Russ Jurenka is now the Serial Editor for Advances in Insect Physiology.  As Serial Editor he will recruit volume editors and authors to write in-depth reviews on various aspects of insect physiology.


May 20, 2014

Mark Shour and Kristine Schaefer of the Pesticide Management and the Environment program participated in the 2014 North Central Region PAT Certification and Workshop in Indianapolis. Mark copresented IPM in Sensitive Environments and Kristine moderated several sessions.


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