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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 →

Former Student and Current Ph.D. Student Team Up to Help with Harvey Relief Efforts in Dickinson Area

COLLEGE STATION, Texas–The devastation from Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of people in the town of Dickinson without anything or very little in the aftermath. For former student Xanthe Shirley, it was a mission to help collect items for all those that were affected in the Dickinson area during Hurricane Harvey. Shirley heard about the devastation that hit Dickinson and wanted to do something for those that were affected in her hometown by the flooding. “Words can not express how heartbroken I was when I started to hear… Read More →

Congratulations August Graduates

Eight students in the Department of Entomology were among more than 2,200 Aggies that walked the stage at Reed Arena during summer commencement exercises on August 11. The total of 8 students included 2 undergraduate Entomology majors, 1 Master of Science, and 5 Ph.D. students that were at the 9am ceremony. The graduating students and families joined faculty and staff for coffee and cake during a special reception Thursday afternoon in the Heep Center fourth floor atrium. The Department would like to recognize the following and wish them… Read More →

Texas A&M Entomology Receives Numerous Awards at Southwestern Branch Meeting

AUSTIN—It looks like the spring semester 2017 is going well for the Department as several students, staff and faculty members received awards during the 2017 Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America meeting in Austin from April 11-17. Ph.D. students Carl Hjelmen and Adrian Fisher were co-recipients for first place in the Ph.D. Oral Presentation category. Hjelmen was recognized for his presentation titled “What is underreplication and how does this phenomenon contribute to the enigma of genome size evolution in Drosophila?” Fisher was awarded for his presentation… Read More →

West Texas bees doubt groundhog’s extended winter prediction

By Steve Byrns, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications SAN ANGELO – SPLAT! West Texas honey bees are on the move, so motorists shouldn’t be surprised if their windshields are strafed by a hapless swarm in coming weeks, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. Dr. Charles Allen, of San Angelo, said the unusually warm February, touted as the warmest on record here, has put honey bees in the mood to travel. “It’s a sign spring has arrived, at least to the bees,” Allen said. “Usually the number of… Read More →

Texas A&M garners $10 million grant to establish center, fight vector-borne diseases

by Steve Byrns, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M AgriLife recently received a substantial monetary boost to bolster its aggressive fight to stem the spread of vector-borne diseases for the public good, said Dr. David Ragsdale, Texas A&M University entomology department head at College Station. Ragsdale said the $10 million five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to establish the Western Gulf Coast Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases. The Western Gulf Coast Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne… Read More →

Pietrantonio’s Fire Ant Research Featured in Podcast

Texas A&M Entomology professor Dr. Patricia Pietrantonio’s fire ant research project was recently featured in a video posted by the science media podcast website EarthSky. The podcast is located at http://earthsky.org/earth/science-fights-to-control-fire-ants, highlights the destructive impact of red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta Buren) and the ongoing basic research efforts to conceive better strategies to control this pest. Pietrantonio’s National Science Foundation-funded project, titled “Neuropeptide Receptors and Identification of Genes in Signaling Networks Involved in Reproduction and Nutrition in the Red Imported Fire Ant”, focuses on localizing the neuropeptide… Read More →

AgriLife Research, Extension Personnel Receive Awards at Statewide Meetings

Three Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension personnel had a great summer as they received top awards during two statewide meetings held in July. Extension Agent-IPM Blayne Reed received the Texas Corn Producers’ Outstanding Corn Agent award at the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association’s annual meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Reed covers Hale, Swisher and Floyd Counties. The award honored Reed’s outstanding work in educating producers in the areas of pre-plant decisions, hybrid selection, insect management and fertility of crops. Reed also was a part of a… Read More →

Dr. Gabe Hamer Featured on KBTX about Zika Virus

Assistant Professor Dr. Gabe Hamer, along with KBTX-TV’s Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley were interviewed by KBTX-TV’s Kathleen Witte during the station’s Focus At Four segment on February 10. During the interview, Hamer discussed the mosquitoes that are vectors for the Zika, which are Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, their habitats, and their distribution, as well as possible risk factors to the United States.

School IPM, Staff Member Receive Excellence Awards for 2015

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Department of Entomology would like to congratulate several members of the faculty and staff for receiving awards for excellence. The Texas School Integrated Pest Management Program received the AgriLife Extension Service’s Superior Service Award in the Team category during the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference on January 6. The team consists of Dr. Blake Bennett, AgriLife Extension economist-management, Dallas; Wizzie Brown, AgriLife Extension program specialist, Travis County; Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension program specialist, entomology, Dallas; Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension program specialist, entomology, San Antonio;… Read More →