From the Department Chair…

Welcome to Washington State University’s Department of Entomology.


I want to welcome you to Entomology at Washington State University. We are a group of students, staff, and faculty that are exploring basic and applied aspects of biology and our chosen field, entomology. Our outstanding permanent and adjunct faculty, high quality facilities that include an insectary, greenhouses, apiary, well-equipped labs, and the 2.5 million specimen M. T. James Entomological Collection, make WSU an exceptional place to study and conduct research. Our faculty are housed at the main campus in Pullman, one of our branch campuses in Tri-Cities, and at Research and Extension Centers throughout the state. The diversity of our faculty, both in terms of geographic distribution and discipline provide students exceptional classroom and research opportunities. Additionally, we have a group of exceptional affiliate and adjunct faculty, several of which are located at the USDA/ARS Yakima Agricultural Research Lab located in Wapato, Washington, with whom students may study. The main areas of emphasis of the Department are biologically-based beneficial and pest arthropod management, human and environmental health as they relate to entomological issues, and teaching.

We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students. As a faculty, we support our students in the highest quality research and strongly encourage them to present at and publish in national and international venues. Our students are consistently recognized with national and international honors. Recently these include the Outstanding Student in Biological Control from the International Society of Biological Control, several Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America Comstock Award winners, as well as Outstanding Poster and Paper presentation awards from national and international professional societies. Many of our students have gone on to become world recognized scientists, deans and chair of departments, research leaders at federal and international labs, as well as holding other prestigious and administrative positions in the United States and throughout the world.

Our faculty are also recognized for their achievements. Several of our faculty have received the highest awards possible for distinguished teaching at the university and national professional levels. Entomology personnel are among the most recognized by our College at our annual awards banquets. These honors range from teaching, to outreach, to research. Members of our faculty received two of the three initial College awards for “integrated” contributions. This indicates the ability of our faculty to excel in several areas – a quality that can be very beneficial to students. And, several have been recognized with the most distinguished awards offered by our stakeholders and our professional societies. Please take a look at the “People” portion of our website to view awards and honors bestowed upon WSU students, staff, and faculty.

We strive for a department in which students, faculty, and staff can forge close relationships in a stimulating and professional environment. We are located in the rolling hills of the Palouse Prairie of eastern Washington State. Nestled within one of the country’s major wheat growing areas, we are within a few hours drive of some of the nation’s best recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, mountain climbing, white-water rafting, snow boarding, skiing, hunting, and fishing. Our locale offers all of the cultural activities and sports that one would expect of a university in the Pacific Ten Conference. We are a department with a dynamic present and a vibrant future; I hope that you will consider joining us.