Students Create Podcast for Veterinary Entomology Class

Screenshot of the podcasts students in the Veterinary Entomology (ENTO 208) class produced this fall.

Students in Dr. Adrienne Brundage’s Veterinary Entomology class are now on the air as the first set of podcasts from the ENTO 208 class recently became live. This fall, the students created a site with various podcasts talking about insects and veterinary entomology and other things entomological. Brundage got the idea for this podcast series after seeing a disconnect between science students learned in class and trying to translate it into something that non-scientists could understand. She wanted to come up with something that would help them to… Read More →

Texas A&M Entomology Sweeps Awards at ESA National Meeting

Ruth Henderson with her poster. Photo by Pierre Lau.

Fifteen students, the Sugarcane Aphid Team, and two retired faculty members in the Department were recognized at the 2019 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America meeting in St. Louis. The four-day-long event featured speakers from universities across the nation, symposia, and student poster and paper contests, as well as mixers and networking events held at the America’s Center and the Marriott Grand St. Louis Hotel. Professor Emeritus Dr. Jim Woolley received recognition for being editor in chief of the Thomas Say Publications from 2003-2019 during the… Read More →

Grad Student Wins Jeffery La Fage Award

Pierre Lau, right, receives the La Fage Award from Li-Byerly Hongmei. Photo by Photo by Dr. James Nieh.

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Pierre Lau as he received the 2019 Jeffery P. LaFage Student Award for Applied Research on Social Insects during the Entomological Society of America annual meeting in St. Louis. Lau is completing his Ph.D. research at Texas A&M under the direction of Dr. Juliana Rangel where his doctoral work is focused on how to improve honey bee nutrition, with a focus on bees’ preferences for specific ratios of protein-to-lipid within pollen resources. Lau’s findings so far suggest that bee pollen-to-lipid ratio preferences are substantially… Read More →

Tawny crazy ants’ weird genetics may help them thrive in new environments

by Olga Kuchment, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Tawny crazy ants’ pattern of genetic inheritance may have helped the South American species spread in the U.S., Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have discovered. The results could lead to a new way to control this invasive species. “We might be able to use the mechanism to drive a lethal gene into the population,” said Dr. Ed Vargo, senior investigator of the study and professor of urban and structural entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University…. Read More →

Department Names 2019 Perry Adkisson Distinguished Seminar Speaker Award

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Suarez from the University of Illinois on receiving the annual Dr. Perry Adkisson Distinguished Seminar Speaker Award. Dr. Suarez received the award during a special seminar on November 7 in Room 103 of the Heep Center. Dr. Suarez is professor and head of the Department of Animal Biology and Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. One of the world’s leading ant ecologists, Dr. Suarez uses ants as a model system to answer broad ecological questions that span… Read More →

Tomberlin Receives Presidential Impact Fellow

Congratulations to Professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Research Fellow Dr. Jeff Tomberlin as he received the Presidential Impact Fellow award on November 5. Tomberlin was among 20 faculty members from the University who were honored at the ceremony for the recognition. Tomberlin has become a national and international leader in the science and applications of decomposition ecology where his work has made highly significant impacts in animal and food waste systems and forensic science. One of Tomberlin’s latest discoveries is utilizing the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) to… Read More →

Millions of monarch butterflies killed on Texas highways

Texas A&M works to protect monarchs on Texas roads, and they need your help by Laura Muntean, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Monarch butterflies are moving south through Texas on their annual autumn migration to overwintering sites in Central Mexico, but millions die in collisions with vehicles while flying low across Texas highways. Monarch numbers have declined about 82% over the last 23 years, and road mortality can significantly contribute to their dwindling numbers. The monarch butterfly, Texas’ state insect, was petitioned for protection under the federal Endangered Species… Read More →

What is Forensic Entomology? Professor shares insight on how insects assist in legal investigations

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Insects can help fight crime by providing important scientific insights that can be applied to legal investigations – plus provide interested individuals with a truly unique profession in forensic entomology. While most may view forensic entomology as the “creepy-crawly” part of CSI-type television shows, that perspective only scratches the surface of this field. Forensic entomology is the understanding of how the biology of insects and arthropods that inhabit decomposing remains can be used for the purpose of assisting in a variety… Read More →

Some ‘spooky’ arthropods call Texas home

Tarantula on hand

Excerpted from an AgriLife Today story by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications The state of Texas is host to some interesting arthropods that are some of the most iconic symbols of Halloween. Our entomologists give some interesting facts about a few of these residents that make the Lone Star State their home. Tarantulas — More hairy than scary Extension entomologist and long-time tarantula enthusiast Molly Keck said while tarantulas are large and eerie looking, they are actually very docile and rarely bite. “The exceptions are when they… Read More →

A Kaleidoscope of Monarchs Return Through Texas – FALL 2019

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