Entomology

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in biology (optional)

Degrees

  • M.S.
  • M.S./Ph.D.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Entomology (M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • acarology
  • apiculture
  • applied entomology
  • aquatic entomology
  • biological control
  • insect behavior
  • insect biochemistry
  • insect ecology
  • insect genetics
  • insect morphology
  • insect pathology
  • insect physiology
  • insect systematics
  • insect toxicology and insecticide chemistry
  • integrated pest management
  • medical and veterinary entomology

Minor concentrations

  • general entomology

Excellent facilities for laboratory and field studies include the outstanding Entomology Library and a renowned insect collection on the Cornell campus. The Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva are outstanding research facilities.

For doctoral degree candidates, a prescriptive academic review is required and is usually held during the first year. The qualifying examination should be taken by the fifth semester.

Arthur Agnello (Geneva) -- Concentrations: applied entomology; insect toxicology and insecticide chemistry; integrated pest management; Research interests: integrated pest management; tree-fruit insects; extension entomology
Anurag Agrawal -- Concentrations: insect ecology; insect behavior; Research interests: insect ecology; insect behavior
Gary Blissard -- Concentrations: insect biochemistry; insect pathology; Research interests: virology; insect pathology; molecular biology
Nicolas Buchon -- Concentrations: insect physiology; medical and veterinary entomology; general entomology; insect genetics; Research interests:
Nicholas Calderone -- Concentrations: apiculture; integrated pest management; insect genetics; insect ecology; insect behavior; Research interests: apiculture; insect behavior; insect genetics; integrated pest management; insect ecology
Michelle Cilia -- Concentrations: integrated pest management; general entomology; insect genetics; Research interests: vector-borne pathogens, vector biology, plant-insect interactions, citrus greening, psyllids, aphids, whiteflies, proteomics, mass spectrometry, protein interactions
Bryan Danforth -- Concentrations: insect systematics; insect morphology; insect ecology; insect behavior; Research interests: morphology, molecular systematics and evolution of bees; social evolution; behavioral ecology; pollination biology
Angela (Searle) Douglas -- Concentrations: insect biochemistry; insect physiology; Research interests: insect symbioses; insect nutrition; insect immunity
Cole Gilbert -- Concentrations: insect physiology; general entomology; insect behavior; Research interests: insect physiology; sensory systems; neural basis of behavior
Ann Hajek -- Concentrations: biological control; applied entomology; integrated pest management; insect pathology; insect ecology; Research interests: insect pathology; biological control; ecology
Laura Harrington -- Concentrations: medical and veterinary entomology; insect ecology; Research interests: medical entomology; mosquito biology; vector-borne disease ecology
Richard Harrison -- Concentrations: insect systematics; insect genetics; Research interests: evolutionary biology; speciation; hybridization
Michael Hoffmann -- Concentrations: biological control; integrated pest management; insect ecology; Research interests: integrated pest management of vegetable crops; sustainable agriculture
Ronald Hoy -- Concentrations: general entomology; insect behavior; Research interests: animal communication; behavioral genetics; neural development
Douglas Knipple (Geneva) -- Concentrations: insect biochemistry; insect physiology; insect toxicology and insecticide chemistry; insect genetics; Research interests: molecular genetics; evolution of gene families; pheromone biosynthetic enzymes
Brian Lazzaro -- Concentrations: insect genetics; insect pathology; Research interests: insect population genetics; insect immune defenses; molecular evolution; insect pathology
James Liebherr -- Concentrations: insect systematics; insect morphology; Research interests: systematics; biogeography; revisionary taxonomy
Charlie Linn -- Concentrations: applied entomology; insect physiology; insect genetics; insect ecology; insect behavior; Research interests: chemical ecology; pheromone communication; neuroethology; insect behavior
Gregory Loeb -- Concentrations: biological control; applied entomology; integrated pest management; insect ecology; Research interests: ecology; integrated pest management; viticulture
John Losey -- Concentrations: biological control; applied entomology; integrated pest management; insect behavior; Research interests: applied entomology; biocontrol; insect behavior; insect and ecology; integrated pest management
Lindsey Milbrath -- Concentrations: biological control; integrated pest management; Research interests: biological control; integrated pest management; biological and integrated control of invasive plants
Brian Nault (Geneva) -- Concentrations: integrated pest management; insect ecology; Research interests: landscape ecology; insect-transmitted viruses; population ecology; arthropod pest management in vegetable crops; native pollinators
Jan Nyrop (Geneva) -- Concentrations: biological control; applied entomology; integrated pest management; insect ecology; Research interests: insect population ecology; biological control; computer application in pest management
Katja Poveda -- Concentrations: applied entomology; insect ecology; insect behavior; Research interests: landscape ecology; ecology of cropping systems; plant-insect interactions; agroecology
Alison Power -- Concentrations: biological control; integrated pest management; insect ecology; insect behavior; Research interests: agricultural ecology; ecology of cropping systems; ecology of insect vectors
Robert Raguso -- Concentrations: insect behavior; Research interests: chemical communication between flowers and their pollinators; floral chemistry; insect behavior; sensory systems
Linda Rayor -- Concentrations: insect behavior; Research interests: spider and insect behavior; behavioral ecology; arachnology
Robert Reed -- Concentrations: insect genetics; insect morphology; Research interests: evolution and development of butterfly wing patterns;strong organismal focus on insects - specifically Lepidoptera;insect biodiversity
William Reissig (Geneva) -- Concentrations: applied entomology; integrated pest management; Research interests: insect biology; pest management of insects on fruit
Donald Rutz -- Concentrations: biological control; applied entomology; integrated pest management; medical and veterinary entomology; general entomology; insect ecology; Research interests: veterinary entomology; livestock and poultry pest management
John Sanderson -- Concentrations: biological control; applied entomology; integrated pest management; general entomology; insect ecology; Research interests: floricultural entomology; integrated pest management; biological control
Jeffrey Scott -- Concentrations: insect biochemistry; insect physiology; insect toxicology and insecticide chemistry; insect genetics; Research interests: insecticide resistance and mode of action; population genetics; evolutionary biology; gene regulation
Thomas Seeley -- Concentrations: apiculture; insect ecology; insect behavior; Research interests: social behavior; behavioral ecology; evolution of social systems
Anthony Shelton (Geneva) -- Concentrations: biological control; applied entomology; integrated pest management; general entomology; insect ecology; Research interests: biology, ecology, and management of insect pests on vegetable crops
Elson Shields -- Concentrations: biological control; applied entomology; integrated pest management; general entomology; Research interests: integrated pest management; population ecology; computer applications in agriculture; aerobiology
David Soderlund (Geneva) -- Concentrations: insect biochemistry; insect toxicology and insecticide chemistry; Research interests: insecticide toxicology; insect biochemistry
Jennifer Thaler -- Concentrations: insect ecology; Research interests: insect ecology
Ward Tingey -- Concentrations: applied entomology; integrated pest management; insect ecology; Research interests: plant resistance to insects; pest management of insects on potatoes
Saskya Van Nouhuys -- Concentrations: biological control; general entomology; insect ecology; insect behavior; Research interests: Population ecology, behavioral ecology, multitrophic level interactions, host-parasitoid interactions
John Vandenberg -- Concentrations: biological control; insect pathology; Research interests: biological control; insect pathology
Ping Wang (Geneva) -- Concentrations: insect biochemistry; insect physiology; insect pathology; Research interests: insect biochemistry and molecular biology; molecular basis of insect-plant and insect-pathogen interactions
Kyle Wickings -- Concentrations: insect ecology; Research interests: soil arthropod ecology, turfgrass entomology,soil biogeochemistry, feedbacks between soil arthropod communities and ecosystem processes/services.
Stephen Wraight -- Concentrations: biological control; integrated pest management; insect pathology; Research interests: insect pathology; biocontrol; integrated pest management

Learning Assessment Plan

 

Learning Goals

Graduate training in Entomology should provide students with personal and professional development that both aids their learning during their time at Cornell and provides them with key skills to help bring success in post-graduate life.  The learning goals for the Graduate Field of Entomology are divided into three umbrella categories: Intellectual Development, Research Ability, and Communication Skills.  There are multiple distinct learning goals in each categorical area, with tangible assessment metrics used to evaluate student and program success with each goal.

The Field of Entomology learning goals apply to both M.S. and Ph.D. students and  can be generally summarized as follows:  It is expected that students in Entomology will become intellectually mature scientists, with developed critical thinking skills and an ability to assimilate information from multiple sources.  Entomology graduates are expected to be expert in their specific subdiscipline of training, and are expected to be knowledgeable about biology in general.  It is expected that students in Entomology will hone their communication skills, developing the ability to communicate orally and in writing with peers, colleagues, and the general public.

Expected Proficiencies for Entomology Students

The following are specific Proficiencies that Ph.D. and M.S students are expected to develop during their tenure at Cornell.  The Proficiencies are divided into three conceptual areas.  A table of Assessment indicators for each Proficiency is given at the end of this document.

INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT

Students in Entomology are expected to:

* demonstrate intellectual engagement

* develop the ability to assimilate information and knowledge from multiple sources

* develop critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify and evaluate assumptions in an argument, analyze arguments, and formulate coherent opinions

* develop and demonstrate creativity in research, teaching, and extension arenas

* become established as a member of the research/extension community

RESEARCH ABILITY

By the time they graduate, Entomology students should be able to:

* master appropriate research methodologies

* analyze and interpret their own research findings

* place their own research into context 

* effectively communicate research findings orally and in writing

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

During their time in the Entomology program, students should:

* develop oral communication skills, including the ability to present research and/or extension and/or outreach material in a way that is compelling and audience-appropriate

* develop written communication skills, specifically emphasizing scientific publication in the primary literature and extension/outreach publication for the general public.  Written communication may be both traditional and web-based.