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Study Abroad Trips to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica Bring Valuable Field Research Experience to Students

Several students from the Department of Entomology and other departments around the university spent the summer researching in a different location as they ventured to Trinidad and Tobago and at the Soltis Research Center in Costa Rica this summer for research during two study abroad programs. The two groups developed and carried out research projects in the field and learned about the local cultures in both Trinidad and Tobago, and in Costa Rica. At the end of the program, the students turn their research into a paper that… Read More →

Grad Students Research Presentations Receive Awards During Forum

Three graduate students received top awards for their research during the 21st annual Graduate Student Forum held in the Heep Center on August 23. The forum gives graduate students the experience of presenting their research to peers in a format similar to what they would see during a research paper competition at conferences. Students were given a set amount of time to present their research and answer questions from the audience. Erfan Vafaie received first place for his presentation titled “Use of multiple natural enemies for inoculative biological… Read More →

Congratulations Summer 2018 Graduates!

The summer ended well for four students in the Department of Entomology as they joined approximately 2,200 Aggies during summer commencement on August 10. The students expected to graduate this summer included 2 undergraduates and 2 Master’s degree candidates. The Department would like to congratulate the following students and wish them good luck on their future endeavors: Undergraduates Gabriel Rick Contreras Bachelor of Science – Entomology Aria Crysta Deluna Bachelor of Science – Entomology Graduate Students – Master of Science Ryan Selking Entomology Jeremy Hewlett Entomology

Rise of the grasshoppers: New analysis redraws evolutionary tree for major insect family

Grasshoppers are one of the most ubiquitous groups of insects in the world, found everywhere from grasslands to tropical rainforests to isolated mountain ranges to sandy deserts. And now, thanks to a decade-long analysis of grasshoppers’ genetic relationships, scientists have the clearest picture yet of the evolutionary pathways grasshoppers have followed to attain such diversity–and the findings put the birthplace of the broadest lineage of grasshoppers in South America, not Africa, as previously thought. These findings were published in the latest issue of Insect Systematics and Diversity. Led… Read More →

Entomologists, Extension Specialists Learn Latest Research at National Conference on Urban Entomology

Several members from the Department of Entomology joined more than 200 entomologists to share their research during the 2018 National Conference of Urban Entomology and Invasive Pest Ant Conference in May at the Embassy Suites in Cary, North Carolina. The four-day-long conference helps to bring urban and medical entomologists, pest control specialists, and members of the pest control industry together in a common setting to share information and search for new and innovative ways to help control pests that threaten people’s homes and health. During the conference, several… Read More →

Resistant varieties, beneficial predators can help producers win sugarcane aphid battle

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications AMARILLO – While sugarcane aphids have been difficult to suppress in past years due to their natural traits and limited insecticide options, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study shows resistant sorghum varieties and beneficial predators could provide a solution. Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, AgriLife Research entomologist at Amarillo, recently authored  “Interactive effects of crop variety, insecticide seed treatment, and planting date on population dynamics of sugarcane aphid and their predators in late-colonized sorghum” in the Crop Protection journal. The full article can… Read More →

Congratulations Spring 2018 Graduates

The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate the students that are expected to graduate during commencement exercises at Reed Arena on Friday May 11. Congratulations and good luck on your futures!! Undergraduates: ENTO majors: Aurora Acevedo Entomology, Business minor Dayvion “AJ” Adams Entomology Mark Jeffrey S. Barbosa Entomology Erich Edward Ethridge Entomology Keyuana Andrea Hilliard Entomology Dawson David Kerns Entomology Anahi Miranda Mendoza Entomology   Double Majors: Katherine Rita Freeman Animal Science and Entomology Double Major Katie Grantham Biomedical Science and Entomology Double Major Traci Dee Hale… Read More →

Professor Uses Insects Encased in Resin to Improve Public Education Programs

Texas A&M Entomology Assistant Professor Gabe Hamer is working to make it easier for training the next generation of medical entomologists by mounting arthropods in resin. In a paper that was recently published in the Journal of Insect Science featured with the journal’s cover image  and on Entomology Today, Hamer’s lab created protocols for encapsulating medically important arthropods in resin for educators to use in educating the public on various arthropods that can vector dangerous diseases, such as Chagas disease, Lyme disease, and Rickettsiosis.  The work was led by graduate student… Read More →

Raszick and Hawkings Receive Department’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards

Congratulations to Ph.D. students  Tyler Raszick and Chloë Hawkings as they received this year’s Department of Outstanding Graduate Student Award during the Graduate Student Recognition Seminar on Thursday, February 15. Raszick is advised by Dr. Gregory Sword. His dissertation research utilizes high-throughput DNA sequencing technology and cutting edge bioinformatics to address critical issues in cotton entomology including boll weevil eradication efforts and risk assessment for the evolution of resistance by mirids to a new generation of Bt transgenic crops. He is active in the Entomology Graduate Student Organization,… Read More →

Pest Management Conference Teaches Professionals Safety, Newest Control Techniques

Hundreds of pest control professionals descended upon the Brazos Center during the first week of January for the annual Texas A&M University Pest Management Conference and Workshop at the Brazos Center. This year, the workshop focused on pest control operator safety, updates on laws and regulations, and the newest research the Urban and Structural Program has been working on during the past year. The conference opened with introductions from Dr. Ed Vargo, the Endowed Chair of the program, Entomology Department Head Dr. David Ragsdale, and a representative from… Read More →