- Focus Areas
- Agricultural Pest Management
- Ecology/Biological Control
- Evolutionary Biology
- Freshwater and Estuarine Entomology
- Insect Pathology
- Molecular Biology, Physiology, Toxicology, and Molecular Genetics
- Organic Agriculture
- Pesticide Technology, Assessment, and Policy
- Urban, Structural, and Green Industries Pest Management
- Research Partners
- Research Opportunities
- Fall 2013 Colloquium
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Entomology Department History
Entomology was among the first subjects taught at the University of Maryland. With a rich history of more than 100 years, the Department continues to thrive and grow.
1860 - Renowned entomologist, Townend Glover, becomes one of the first five faculty members. As the first federal entomologist, his title was "Entomologist for the United States, Professor of Natural History, Botany and Pomology."
1897 - The Department of Entomology and Zoology is created at Maryland Agricultural College.
1914 - Agricultural Extension Service formed, headed by Thomas Symons.
1919 - Entomology and Zoology become two separate departments, Entomology in the School of Agriculture, Zoology in the School of Arts & Sciences.
1919 - First woman to earn degree at Maryland, Elizabeth Hook, graduates in Entomology.
1958 - Insect physiology lab established.
1972 - Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is formed as a pilot program.
1978 - IPM program moves out of pilot phase and is self-supporting. Urban IPM programs begin to develop.
1993 - The College of Life Sciences is formed, with four departments: Zoology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, and Entomology.
2010 - The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences is formed from the College of Chemical and Life Sciences and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences.
As the department formed in 1897-1898, research and regulatory applications were directed at pests such as the San Jose scale, including the publication entitled, "A plain talk with those who have San Jose scale to combat." Entomologists at the University of Maryland continue to provide research, teaching, and extension on applied aspects of entomology, but our interests have expanded to include fundamental issues of arthropod biology from the molecular to the ecosystem level.