- 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
- Focus Areas
The department has eight dedicated data crunchers, four windows, and four linux boxes. They are available to anyone who needs to run data analysis software such as paup, garli, etc for an extended period of time. They are available on/off campus via vnc/ssh/remote desktop.
Bionc Distributed Computing
The department is part of the college network of distributed computing. (Entomology is currently providing 50% of the entire college's distributed computing power!) Distributing computing basically uses the idle cycles of computers within the department to run data jobs that don't require the extensive ram/power of a single box. Garli job's can be submitted via a web app to this network @
The college has access to a massive computing cluster of over 1050 core's called deep thought. Submitting jobs to this is a bit more complicated, but it supports many more programs.
The department has a full ArcGis license (Department wide), that anyone can install on their work machines. ArcGis is an intensive program designed for compiling geographic data and analyzing mapped information. ArcGis is a system resource hog, and will not run on older machines, and even some newer machines will have issues with performance. As such, there are two extremely powerful ArcGIS workstations in the graphics lab available for student, staff, and faculty use.
The departmental graphics lab in room 4137 has five Windows 7 PC's, one Windows XP PC, and one Snow Leopard OS X iMac. There are three flatbed scanners, one slide scanner, two black and white laserjets (one available for outside room printing), and a new fantastic color laserjet. If you need access to a printer, the one by the door can be setup for students/faculty/staff to print to.
College File Backup
The college now provides, (free of charge to you, or the department), a massive file storage and backup solution. It currently sits at 40 TB (40,000 GB), and will be soon upgraded to 80+ TB. It is available to staff, faculty, grad, and post doc students. Undergrads can access it via a lab computer using a generic account. The space is for vital data backup of research and current projects occurring within the department. It is backed up continuously. Copies of the backups are made daily to three separate locations on campus (all different buildings). Weekly backups are made to iron mountain in Columbia maryland. Authorization is set by directory ID and password (same as your email). Server is admin'd by multiple individuals. It is a fantastic solution, and everyone should be using it.