Welcome

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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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. Conserved and narrow temperature limits in alpine insects: thermotolerance and supercooling points of the ice-crawlers, Grylloblatta (Insecta: Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 78: 55-61. doi:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2015.04.014 

2015. Species richness of wild bees, but not the use of managed honeybees, increases fruit set of a pollinator-dependent crop.  Journal of Applied Ecology 52:323–330.
  DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12377

2015. Use of insect exclusion cages in soybean creates an altered microclimate and differential crop response. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 208: 50–61. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.04.014  

2015. Rag virulence among soybean aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Wisconsin. Journal of Economic Entomology 108: 326-338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/tou022

2015. Microbes are trophic analogs of animals. PNAS. 112(49): 15119-15124. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1508782112

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

Upcoming Events

Fall 2015 Seminars

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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