Category Archives: Department News

Congratulations Fall 2020 Graduates

The Department of Entomology congratulates our students graduating during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences commencement ceremonies held at Reed Arena during the week of December 9-18. A total of 21 students from the department are will receive their diplomas along with thousands of other students within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this fall. Seven of the Ph.D. students received their hoods during the doctoral hooding ceremony held on December 10 and degrees will be conferred to three M.S. and eleven B.S. students during the… Read More →

Students Win Top Awards at ESA Annual Meeting

Eight students from the Texas A&M Department of Entomology were awarded 1st or 2nd place in the 2020 Entomological Society of America’s annual national meeting student 10-minute paper competition for the Presidents Prize. This year’s meeting was held virtually from November 11-25. During the competition, students presented their research in one of four sections: 1. Medical, Urban, Veterinary Entomology, 2. Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology, 3. Plant – Insect Ecology(P-IE), and 4. Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity (SysEB). “We are quite proud of all of our TAMU students who participated… Read More →

Professor Retires After 30+ Years with Extension

The Department of Entomology and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service celebrated the retirement of a longtime professor and Extension Entomologist during a virtual celebration held on August 7. Merchant, a Professor and Extension Entomologist in Dallas, will be retiring on August 31. He has been with Extension for more than 30 years when he joined as an Urban Entomologist in the District 4 offices located in the Dallas area. His career highlights started in 1993 when Merchant was named Chair of the statewide School IPM Advisory Committee. As… Read More →

Congratulations Summer 2020 Graduates!!

A total of seven students in the Department of Entomology celebrated their graduations this summer virtually during August graduation on Friday, August 7. The students included 1 Entomology major, 1 Forensic and Investigative Sciences major and 5 Ph.D. candidates. Congratulations to the following students that are expected to graduate and good luck on your future endeavors!! Undergraduate Students Andrew Brock Chapman Bachelor of Science – Forensic and Investigative Sciences – Science Emphasis Stephen Colton Matcha Bachelor of Science – Entomology Graduate Students – Ph.D. Carlos Aguero Ph.D. –… Read More →

Kaufman takes lead of Texas A&M entomology department

Moving forward with classes, research by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing & Communication Taking over as head of the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology is a pretty daunting task in normal times, but during COVID-19, Phillip Kaufman, Ph.D., is finding challenges and opportunities. Kaufman, head of the Texas A&M Department of Entomology, said determining how to best serve students in-house and online amid the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as staying on top of important research issues such as tick surveillance, mosquitoes and murder… Read More →

Longtime Texas A&M leader, nationally recognized entomologist passes

From professor to chancellor, Perry Adkisson advanced agriculture, Texas A&M by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications Perry Adkisson, Ph.D., former Texas A&M University System leader and internationally known agricultural scientist in the area of entomology, has died. Adkisson became a professor of entomology at Texas A&M in 1958, and went on to serve as the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System from 1986 until 1990, before retiring in 1994 as a distinguished professor. During his long career at Texas A&M, he also served as… Read More →