Detecting Aphid Infestations Using Satellites and AI

January 29, 2024

With the use of the Sentinel-2 satellite, which offers free multispectral imagery, Koch and his team have been able to take full field images. They analyze these images with the help of AI to help determine the SBA population density. This could save the farmers lots of time in their busiest season, and advance regional and local management programs for SBA. 

Webinar on Caddisfly Biodiversity of Ecuador – Discovery, Description and Evolution by Emeritus Prof Ralph Holzenthal for the University of Minnesota Retirees Association.

January 3, 2024

What is the biodiversity of caddisflies in Ecuador? What are their adaptations for high elevations? Life history patterns? Reasons for their diversity in Ecuador? Caddisfly expert, Emeritus Prof. Ralph Holzenthal, answers all that and more in this video created during his last trip to Ecuador. 

The Minnesota Daily featured Prof. Marla Spivak's retirement after a 30-year career focused on honey bees at the University of Minnesota

December 8, 2023

With the announcement of her retirement at the end of 2024, The Minnesota Daily published an article on Prof. Marla Spivak’s remarkable 30-year research, teaching and extension career related to honey bees at the University of Minnesota.

UMN Entomology Successes at ESA 2023

November 15, 2023

ESA 2023 at National Harbor, MD, was an exciting event for UMN Entomology as several graduate and undergraduate students and staff received awards, and the Minnesota-Wisconsin Mixer buzzed with UMN Entomology Alumni chatter!

Alumnus Dr. Anthony Hanson’s, CBS interview about grasshoppers this summer

August 24, 2023

Anthony Hanson, PhD alumnus of the Department of Entomology, was interviewed by CBS News for his perspective on the unusual increase of grasshoppers this summer.

Welcoming President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Cristian Beza-Beza!

August 22, 2023

Dr. Cristian Beza-Beza will be joining the Department of Entomology as a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow (PPF) on August 28, 2023!

Corn Entomologist, Dr. Fei Yang, off to a great start!

August 10, 2023

Dr. Fei Yang joined the Department of Entomology as an assistant professor and extension entomologist on May 8, 2023, and hit the ground running! 

Retirement Celebration for Dr. Tim Kurtti and Dr. Uli Munderloh!

August 9, 2023

The Department of Entomology is celebrating the retirements of Dr. Tim Kurtti and Dr. Ulrike (Uli) Munderloh, lead researchers of the UMN Tick Lab since 1986.

Dr. Vera Krischik’s Japanese Beetle research in the Star Tribune

August 8, 2023

Dr. Vera Krischik in the Department of Entomology was interviewed by the Star Tribune for her research on establishing a native soil pathogen that kills Japanese beetles as an alternative management option. 

Entomology in the Media

August 1, 2023

The faculty in the department of entomology are always finding ways to bring factual, easy to understand information to the public. Check out all they are doing here!