About Entomology

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Jim Kalisch

Our Vision:

The UNL Department of Entomology will lead in innovative discovery, education, and service to Nebraska and the world.

Our Mission:

  • We are Nebraska’s authority in entomology.

  • We improve lives in Nebraska and the world through globally relevant and outstanding research, extension, and teaching.
  • We succeed through a collegial, inclusive, enthusiastic department where we value respect for all, work/life balance, team and multidisciplinary collaborations, and shared accomplishments.

 

Entomology is the study of insects and encompasses the biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences related to insects and their interaction with humans and other organisms. Entomologists make contributions to such diverse fields as agriculture, chemistry, biology, human/animal health, molecular science, and forensics. The study of insects serves as the basis for developments in biological and chemical pest control, pharmaceuticals, food production and storage, mapping biological diversity, robotics, and other fields of science.

Professional entomologists work to detect the role of insects in the spread of disease and discover ways of protecting food crops and livestock from insect damage. Amateur entomologists are interested in insects because of the beauty and diversity of these creatures.

Entomology is an ancient science. There are early references to the use of insects in daily life, such as the growing of silkworms that began 4700 BC in China as early as 4000 BC. More than a hundred years ago, entomologists formed the Entomological Society of America (ESA), to promote the science and study of entomology in the United States.

What careers are available in Entomology?

Career opportunities for our graduates include: federal government agencies (EPA, USDA, APHIS); state departments of agriculture, state agricultural research stations, university extension services, agrichemical companies, agricultural consulting firms, private agribusiness firms, seed production companies, and international development agencies. Students with an interest in urban entomology have career opportunities as pest control operators, in mosquito abatement districts and the food processing industry, in public health services, as industrial pest control consultants, and with the armed forces. Many of our students go on to pursue Master’s and PhD degrees either here or at other top-rated universities.

 


 

Entomology News at Nebraska

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Dr. Susan WellerDr. Susan Weller, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and professor of Entomology, has been elected a fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The society noted Weller’s internationally-known research on arctiine moths and other Noctuoidea, and her administrative leadership in promoting entomology and science education. See the article at UNL News for more about Weller's recognition. Congratulations Susan!
  • Marilyn Weidner & GracieWe are pleased to announce that Marilyn Weidner has been named winner of the IANR Exemplary Service Award! Weidner has roles in administrative support, personnel management, data documentation and archiving, review preparation, promotion and evaluation tracking, payroll for 15 departments, and much more. Well deserved Marilyn!
  • Rogan Tokach winning scholarshipCongratulations to Rogan Tokach (Master's student co-mentored by Dr. Autumn Smart and Dr. Judy Wu-Smart) on being awarded a $10,000 national Christi Heintz Memorial Scholarship by Project Apis m!
    Well done, Rogan!
  • Steve Spomer with Beetle CollectionsSpomer nets 40-year Butterfly & Beetle Legacy. Best wishes to Steve Spomer who is retiring this December after 40 years in the Entomology Department. Spomer has identified nearly 700 insect species, including the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, and taught countless University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. 
  • Bridget Gross with Bees.Bridget Gross, master's student in Entomology, mentored by Dr. Judy Wu-Smart and Dr. Doug Golick, was featured in the Nov. 11th IANR Student Spotlight. Bridget presented her master's degree seminar last month and graduates in December.

  • Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Resource Center, and our Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alike Insects Sheet - Be Sure Before You Treat!