Author Archives: Rob Williams

Members of Aggie Women in Entomology Helped Sixth Grade Girls Get Interested in STEM and Entomology

Sixth grade girls statewide had the chance to expand their horizons in science and entomology as members of the Aggie Women in Entomology helped to increase interest in STEM fields during Expanding Your Horizons on Saturday, December 2. This event allows girls in the sixth grade the chance to experience the various areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through interactive lectures and hands-on activities taught by both faculty and student volunteers. During each 45-minute session, grad students and Aggie Women in Entomology members Jocelyn Holt, Alex Payne,… Read More →

Texas A&M scientists synthesize historical tick models to help curb the pest globally

by Steve Byrns, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications COLLEGE STATION – The battle against fever ticks rages on, and a group of Texas A&M University and French National Institute for Agricultural Research scientists are doing their best to determine where the fray will head by synthesizing historical models for use in curbing the pest globally. Texas A&M’s departments of wildlife and fisheries sciences and entomology and the French institute have collaborated for a number of years to model systems approaches meant to address ecological and regulatory questions about fever… Read More →

Linnaean Team Wins First Place, Department Receives Top Awards and Recognition at National Meeting

  DENVER—Several of the Department of Entomology’s undergraduate and graduate students received high recognition for their work during this year’s Entomological Society of America annual meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The conference, which was held from November 5 through 8, allows entomologists to learn the newest research and collaborate with others from across the United States and many international attendees.  It is the largest gathering of Entomologists in the world with 3,700 in attendance this year.  Our students competed in various poster and oral presentation… Read More →

Gordy Receives Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology

Congratulations to Ph.D. student and County Extension Agent John Gordy for receiving the Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology. Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, the award recognizes Dr. Larry Larson’s role as a leader and pioneer in insect management and carries that legacy to the next generation of leaders in applied entomology. Gordy received his Bachelor of Science in both agronomy and entomology at Texas A&M University and received his Master of Science in entomology from Louisiana State Unversity where he worked with Drs. Michael… Read More →

Entomology Graduate Student Organization Participated in Monarch-Friendly Wildflower Seed Planting at Local Park

Several members of the Department of Entomology’s graduate students and postdoctoral research associates recently joined the Texas A&M Garden Club and other local organizations during a recent wildflower seed planting event at Richard Carter Park in College Station with the A&M Garden Club on Saturday, October 21. The group also included members of the A&M Garden Club, the local Daughters of the American Revolution, Butterflies in the Brazos, City of College Station, Keep Brazos Beautiful. During the morning, they planted seeds throughout the park to promote habitat that… Read More →

Tomberlin Co-Authored Paper on Ecological Effects of Mass Mortality Featured in Ecology and National Geographic

Death is a sure thing. And, when mass mortalities happen, understanding their impact on an environment can be perplexing. This is why Dr. Jeff Tomberlin collaborated with several scientists to figure out the ecological consequences of mass mortality events and how to best minimize potential long-term negative outcomes. The research team includes Tomberlin, as well as Drs. Marcus Lashley, Heather Jordan, and Brandon Barton at Mississippi State University. The team wanted to find out what kinds of ecological changes happen both before and during the unexpected mass mortality… Read More →

Department Honors Jim Woolley’s Service during Retirement Reception

The Department of Entomology recently celebrated Dr. James Woolley’s more than 30 years of service as a Professor during a special retirement reception in the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex on Monday, October 9. Woolley retired on August 31, 2017 after he began his career 34 years ago as an assistant professor. In his teaching, Woolley taught hundreds of students both at the graduate and undergraduate level within the Department. Woolley developed and taught two graduate courses that included Principles of Systematic Entomology (ENTO 601) and… Read More →

New AgriLife Extension Service graphic guides target school pests

by Gabe Saldana, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications DALLAS —Three new infographics and two detailed publications from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service help demystify the best practices for controlling pests in schools, universities and other areas where humans occupy close quarters. “The average person, while not a pest control expert, is definitely affected when an infestation occurs,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension specialist in school integrated pest management, Dallas. “That means the average person is integral to controlling pests, especially where large groups of people converge.” Hurley, co-author of… Read More →

Coates Uses Blog to Help Teach Scientific Method to Non-Science Majors

Since the course was created more than 20 years ago, the Entomology 322 Insects and Human Society has given insight into the diverse world of insects to all non-science and non-entomology majors at Texas A&M University. To help students better understand the Scientific Method and scientific writing, Instructional Associate Professor Dr. Craig Coates recently started using a popular insect and entomology blog to help his students to understand how scientists use the scientific method to solve problems and find discoveries in the field of entomology, as well as… Read More →

Medina Receives COALS Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Diversity

Congratulations to Entomology professor Dr. Raul Medina as he received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Diversity during the College’s Awards Ceremony on September 20 in the AgriLife Center. Medina has been honored with the award for his outstanding commitment and hard work in keeping diversity in both his research team and recruiting efforts both on and off campus. Since Medina joined the department in 2006, three-fourths of his graduate, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral research associates in his lab have come from… Read More →