Entomology conducts research, research training and graduate education on the world's insects — their global diversity, evolution, geography, genomic, morphology, conservation, ecology and behavior. These studies are grounded in research collections of almost 5 million specimens and their associated data. Major research areas in Entomology are water beetles and bees.
The Entomology collections at the KU Biodiversity Institute are estimated to contain over 4.9 million pinned and labeled specimens plus approximately 87,000 specimens mounted on slides and nearly 40,000 vials containing varying numbers of specimens.
The University of Kansas mourns the passing of Distinguished Professor & Senior Curator Emeritus Charles D. Michener, aged 97. Mich was born 22 September 1918 in Pasadena, California and into a family of avid naturalists.