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...

  • Entomology Department Graduation flyerJoin the Entomology Department as we hold a virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 7, 11 a.m. (central) via Zoom (https://unl.zoom.us/j/98456239837).  Congratulations to our graduates: Ph.D. - Sajjan Grover and Jordy Reinders; M.S. - Jenna Chappell, Samantha Daniel, Kathlyne Rog, Josh Shoemaker, Chris Tankersley, and Timothy Wucherer; B.S. in Insect Science - James Schacht and Courtney Wallner. 


  • Kait ChapmanKate Chapman, extension educator and Entomology alumna, was interviewed by Channel 10/11 about tick season in Nebraska. The peak season for ticks in Nebraska is May and June, according to Chapman. See her video interview on the 10/11 website.


  • Lt. Col. Mary C. Yelnicker presents an Award for Civilian Achievement to Dr. Kristen Lewis, MS in Entomology student Congratulations to Dr. Kristin Lewis, one of our online MS in Entomology students, on her retirement from Civil Service on March 27!  In this picture, she is being presented an Award for Civilian Achievement by Lt. Col. Mary C. Yelnicker (left). Lewis served as a Training Development Element Chief, 381st Training Support Squadron, 82nd Training Group, 82nd Training Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, from April 24, 2014-March 27, 2021. Her nominator wrote that Lewis's "efforts ensured continuation of the Basic Instructor Course during Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, meeting Community College of the Air Force accreditation requirements for 53 instructors and zero mission impacts to training. The distinctive accomplishments of Dr. Lewis reflect credit upon herself and the United States Air Force."

  • Dr. Jody GreenDr. Joe LouisCongratulations to Dr. Joe Louis on being promoted to full Professor and to Dr. Jody Green on being promoted to Associate Extension Educator! They were among 109 faculty members at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who were promoted this year.

  • Jordan ReindersPh.D. candidate Jordy Reinders was featured in the IANR Student Spotlight recently. Jordy will be graduating in May 2021 with a degree in Entomology. Reinders is advised by Dr. Lance Meinke

  • Courtney WallnerInsect Science student Courtney Wallner was featured in a Nebraska Today article about becoming a veterinarian for bees.  Wallner is graduating in May and plans to attend vet school at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Great work Courtney!