The Michigan State University Department of Entomologyexcels in research, extension and teaching to address the issues that confront the people of Michigan, our nation and the world. MSU’s entomologists look for systemic solutions across disciplines to address critical issues. We offer B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology and consider graduate student education and postdoctoral experience to be one of our highest priorities. Many of our undergraduates further enrich their studies through working in research labs, volunteering in the Bug House and taking entomology or related study abroad courses.
F. William Ravlin and Scott Winterstein have been named chairpersons of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) departments of Entomology and Fisheries and Wildlife, respectively, by Dean Fred Poston.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded $6.9 million to Michigan State University to develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops in the United States.
Congratulations to M.S. student Nicole Quinn, a grad student working with Zsofia Szendrei, for receiving the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Graduate Student Grant in support of her research on enhancing pollinators with flowers in cucurbits. The roughly $10,000 will go towards undergraduate support in the field season, supplies and travel.
Hometown: Ishkashim, Tajikistan near the Afghanistan border.
Major professor: Doug Landis
What did you research? Before receiving my M.S. in spring 2014, I was a graduate student with the Central Asia IPM Project. I studiedbiological control of cereal aphids in wheat. We were mostly interested in natural enemies of cereal aphids. We found that the natural enemy community was very effective in suppressing cereal aphid populations. The ground-dwelling predators in the early season were more effective than predators that typically forage in the canopy.
What or who inspired your studies? My dad was an agriculturalist and a veterinarian, and he was my first inspiration. Secondly, in Tajikistan they use a lot of chemicals and don’t have information to use them safely. They are expensive and unlabeled. Biological control is cheaper and safer for farmers. Dr. Karim Maredia inspired my interest in biological control. I met him while helping with a meeting and translating for a field visit. He told me about MSU and the work in the Landis lab.
What is your favorite activity outside of entomology? I like dancing. I do the Tajik national dance and I like to bowl, which I learned here.
Most exciting part of your studies? Counting aphids!
Future plans? I will return to Tajikistan and help students at the Institute of Farming. I’ll be assisting a professor with field studies about natural enemies and biological control. I look forward to continuing a network with those who have been a part of the IPM CRSP Central Asia project.
What would you like Americans to know about Tajikistan? I would like them to know its beautiful nature and about the rocky Pamir Mountains, the highest mountains in Central Asia.
What would you like Tajiks to know about Americans? People are very friendly and willing to help. I especially enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving and would like them to experience that.
Anything else you’d like to say? I would like to thank all of the IPM CRSP project team for supporting me and making me feel like MSU is my home.
Name: Ian James Eldred
Hometown: Westland, MI
Future study plans: Graduate school
Why study entomology? Without insects we wouldn’t be here. Most people don’t directly see the impact insects have on our world and the wonders that they provide. I want to show others how truly amazing insects really are and the doors they can open for us.
What or who inspired your interest in entomology? I have always been fascinated by insects since I was a little kid catching lightning bugs. I took a course through Dr. Pett and then met with Dr. DiFonzo to discuss pursuing a degree in Entomology. They both were a big impact on me and really inspired me to pursue a career in entomology.
What do you wish other people understood about entomology? Many people don’t realize how important insects are and the roles that each little insect plays in the world.
What is your opinion on entomophagy (eating insects) as practiced in other world cultures? I love it! it is just another source of protein for people. I have already tried a cricket lollipop, but I wouldn’t mind trying other types of insect cuisine.
What is your favorite way to spend your time outside of Entomology?I enjoy engaging in outdoor activities. I hunt, fish and enjoy pretty much anything outside.
Undergrad tells how entomology changed her life in speech at College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Commencement.
Grad student Rob Morrison produces video on an IPM approach for asparagus miner.
Ke Dong and colleagues are working to combat resistant mosquitoes.