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.
Welcome New Faculty
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gillian Eastwood will join our faculty as Assistant Professor of Entomology in vector-borne disease ecology this Fall. Dr. Eastwood is coming to us from the Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Welcome Gillian!
We are equally pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Sally Entrekin to our faculty as Associate Professor of Entomology in Aquatic Entomology. Dr. Entrekin is coming to us from the University of Central Arkansas and will arrive this August. Welcome Sally!
Would you like to bring your school group to Entomology? We offer a one hour outreach program. Contact us to schedule.
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.
A full listing is available here.