The mission of the Department is to “to create and implement knowledge that improves lives”. The primary strength of the Department is our collective expertise to address diverse questions that span across programmatic areas and affect most aspects of human endeavor.
Faculty, students and staff conduct discovery, transitional, and applied entomological research, which is delivered to Texans and the world, through educational outreach, classroom teaching, and distance education.
While research projects are as numerous and diverse as the faculty, research professionals and students within the Department, several programs are unique, not only for a department of entomology but also for most universities.
- Discoveries on the structure, regulation, and function of biological molecules within arthropods continue to provide unique insights and applications to human, animal and plant health.
- The Texas A&M University Insect Collection is the centerpiece of entomological systematics as it houses more than two million curated specimens and serves as a foundational piece to understanding biological diversity.
- Transitional research programs elucidating the interactions of arthropods with their environment and each other are essential to understanding the dynamics of arthropod systems. Often, this knowledge is used in creating novel, environmentally friendly approaches to controlling arthropod pests of plants, animals, and man. Indeed, discovery and transitional research supplies the infrastructure for designing and testing hypothetical control systems.
- The Extension faculty and agents within the Texas IPM Program conduct research that evaluates and tailors new discoveries to provide immediate benefit in improving health, the production of food, fiber, and ornamentals, and quality of life.
- The Apiary Inspection Service supports applied research, conducts educational programs, and provides a vital regulatory role in serving the Texans interested in bees.
The collective strength of the diverse research programs are nationally recognized for their innovation and productivity in advancing science and its application to the benefit of economic growth, global health, social development, and the environment.