The Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is a world-class graduate training and research institution committed to advancing research in insect biology in both basic and applied contexts. 

We offer an MS and Ph.D. degree (ranked in the top 5 nationally) in Entomology and an undergraduate major. 

Our 15 faculty members along with our graduate students, postdoctoral associates, affiliated and emeritus professors offer a dynamic and interdisciplinary research and teaching environment to prepare students for a future in entomology.    

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UW-Madison Department of Entomology added 2 new photos.

Graduate students Angel Cassanova-torres (Microbial Sciences), Emmanuel Santa-Martinez, Ben Bradford, Michael Falk and Jeremy Hemberger took advantage of the proximity of the National Entomological Society of America Meetings in Minneapolis to share their work and connect with other scientists.
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Graduate students Janet van Zoeren, Danny MInahan (with incoming postdoc Rachel Slatyer) and Kiley Friedrich presented their work at ESA Minneapolis last week.
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Special highlights of the Entomological Society of America meetings in Minneapolis included the reception with the Departments of Soils and Agronomy and the Symposium in honor of Entomology professor Bob Jeanne.
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Giving to Entomology

We deeply appreciate the support we receive from loyal alumni and friends.  Private gifts provide scholarships for deserving undergraduates, enable us to attract the best and brightest graduate students, help us to retain the most talented faculty and staff, and provide support for new initiatives.

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Recent Papers

2015. Colonies of Bumble Bees (Bombus impatiens) Produce Fewer Workers, Less Bee Biomass, and Have Smaller Mother Queens Following Fungicide Exposure. Insects 2015, 6(2), 478-488; DOI:10.3390/insects6020478

2015. The role of pollinators in maintaining variation in flower colour in the Rocky Mountain columbine, Aquilegia coerulea. Annals of Botany 115: 971-979. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcv028

2015. Selfing rate in alfalfa seed production field pollinated with leaf cutter bees. Crop Science 55: 1087-1095. DOI:10.2135/cropsci2014.04.0295

Saitô, M. and D. K. Young

2015. Saitô, M. and D. K. Young. 2015. A new Ischalia (Coleoptera, Ischaliidae) from Hokkaido, with a key to the Japanese Ischaliidae. Elytra, Tokyo, New Series 5: 177-181.

2015. Temperature-Mediated Development Thresholds of Sparganothis sulfureana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in Cranberriess.  Environ. Entomol. 44(2): 400-405;. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvu062

Faculty Profile

Gene flow, pollination biology and evolutionary biology
Insect Biochemistry and Endocrinology
Landscape ecology, food webs, conservation, biological control
Vegetable crops IPM, insects in relation to plant disease, resistance management
Fruit Crop Entomology/Pollination Ecology research and extension
Population Ecology, Pest Management
Chemical ecology, climate change, trophic interactions, "genes to ecosystems" ecology, bioenergy
Medical Entomology
Forest Entomology, Insect Ecology, Plant-Insect Interactions, Chemical Ecology
Molecular ecology, population genetics, climate change, alpine biology
Cranberry IPM, community ecology, biological control
Turfgrass and Ornamental Entomology Research and Extension
Teaching Entomology, Systematics of Coleoptera
Spatial/temporal statistics with applications in biology, ecology, and environmental sciences

Insect Research Collection

The UW Insect Research Collection (WIRC) houses 3,000,000 curated specimens with more than 5,000,000 additional specimens held largely as EtOH bulk samples sorted by project or Order.  The WIRC is the result of nearly 170 years of collecting by amateur and professional entomologists.  Although worldwide in general scope, as the only Wisconsin entomological collection with a largely research-based mission, the WIRC focuses primarily on the entomofauna of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest & Great Lakes regions.


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