About KU Entomology

Entomology conducts research, research training and graduate education on the world’s insects — global diversity, evolution, geography, genomics, morphology, conservation, ecology and behavior. These studies are grounded in research collections of almost 5 million specimens and their associated data.

During most of its history, and certainly during the last 50 years, the entomological collections housed at the University of Kansas have been among the most active and important of the university-based collections in the Midwestern United States. It has been a major repository for insect specimens from the Midwest and more recently from Mexico and tropical America with comparative material of world-wide scope and in areas of research specialization. Its role in providing research material to the world-wide community of systematist and as a focal point for major systematic research and graduate training in systematics have made it one of the most active and productive in the United States. Recent improvements in physical facilities and research and collection management equipment have allowed substantial improvement of program and collections.

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