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Department of Entomology

Researchers alter mosquito genome with goal of controlling disease

Drs. Adelman and Myles used a gene disruption technique to effect this change.

    genetically altered eye color in mosquitos

Researchers alter mosquito genome with goal of controlling disease

Drs. Adelman and Myles used a gene disruption technique to effect this change.

    genetically altered eye color in mosquitos

Infestation of stink bugs continues to spread across state

In the 12 years since brown marmorated stink bugs were discovered in Allentown, Pa., the voracious insect has made a slow and steady march toward Virginia.

   

Infestation of stink bugs continues to spread across state

Bed bug insecticide resistance mechanisms identified

A research team at Virginia Tech has discovered some of the genetic mechanisms for the bed bug's resistance to two of the most popular pyrethroids.

   

Bed bug insecticide resistance mechanisms identified

    Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
    Student in a lab
    Students working with bees
    Student in a lab
    student with a net in a field

 

Welcome to the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech

Our faculty address a broad range of issues involving insects in most of their habitats:  in our crops, houses,  forests, fields, vegetables, fruits, water, food, and on our bodies.   Research programs are varied and include internationally recognized foundational biomedical research programs emphasizing vector-borne diseases and their transmission by mosquitoes.  Comparative genomics and molecular genetics of these vectors provide insights into our ability to explain their vectorial capacity with the goal of improving pest management and disease reduction.  Faculty are also involved in an incredibly wide variety of applied insect management efforts, including these mosquito vectors as well as pests attacking our food, forests, and homes.  These management efforts focus on the development and application of biologically based and sustainable management tools in novel and exciting ways.  Virginia Tech’s Extension programs effectively communicate the latest developments in pest management and invasive species across the commonwealth.  Extension faculty successfully protect human health and the environment through comprehensive, statewide pesticide safety education efforts.  Research programs are exploring the remarkable biodiversity of insects in the Appalachians and beyond, and a new program in Pollinator Biology and Ecology will add an important dimension to our portfolio.    

Our Extension, research, and outreach programs have had a tremendous global impact, largely due to the energy of a strong graduate student program (>50 M.S. and Ph.D. students and growing!).   Our faculty are deeply committed to providing individual education and professional development opportunities for our students inside and outside the classroom.  We encourage prospective students to explore our department and consider Virginia Tech as you build the foundation for your career as an entomologist.  If you have any questions or comments, we invite you to contact us to learn more about programs and opportunities in the department.

Position Announcement: Apiculturist

The Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech is pleased to announce and invite applications for a non-tenure-track professional faculty position as an Apiculturist.  The incumbent in this Extension/Teaching (60/40) position will be expected to develop and maintain extension education programs in apiculture and the management of other pollinators. The candidate will teach undergraduate courses, including a general education undergraduate course (Insects and Human Society) and an introductory apiculture course (Bees and Beekeeping).  The individual hired must have a minimum of a MS in entomology or related discipline and will work closely with the individual hired in the new tenure-track faculty position in Pollinator Biology and Ecology.  The position is available in early fall and review of applications will begin July 15, 2016.

For more information about the position, visit: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/66583


 

Interested in Virginia Tech?

Are you thinking of studying Entomology at Virginia Tech? Check out these videos of our programs.


What's That Bug?

Want to know more about the insect you found?
Check out these fact sheets from our Insect ID Lab.


Department Tours

Would you like to bring your school group to Entomology? We offer a one hour outreach program.  Contact us to schedule.


Alwood Society

The W.B. Alwood Society is our graduate student group, providing social and athletic outlets for our students as well as community outreach and support.


Photo Credit

Many of the insect photographs on this site were taken by VT Entomology alumna Theresa Dellinger. A full listing is available here.