Entomology is part of the Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences Department. Entomology is the study of insects and related organisms, such as spiders and mites. Entomologists study the role of insects in the natural world and their interactions with humans. There is an emphasis on the development of environmentally safe, effective, and economical solutions to insect pest problems in agricultural and urban environments. Research strongly emphasizes biological control, biotechnological, and other non-chemical methods in order to minimize negative environmental impacts. The development of entomological technology to support low-input sustainable agriculture is another important area in pest management research.
The Department offers a BS, MS and a PhD in entomology. Areas of specialization include acarology, biological control of insect and weed pests, biotechnology and insect genetics, forensic entomology, insect ecology, insect evolution, insect genetics, insect physiology, insecticide toxicology, insect transmission of plant pathogens, medical and veterinary entomology, pest management, systematics, urban entomology, and tropical economic entomology.
Entomology draws heavily on the literature of agriculture, zoology, chemistry and biology; selection is coordinated with the librarians responsible for these areas. Coordination is also required with the selectors for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. Government Documents provides many publications for this department. Duplication of these publications and those held in other collections in the Library is avoided.
The Department is developing a BS in plant and environmental protection sciences.
Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Eileen Herring