Facilities and resources are available for aquatic, terrestrial and laboratory studies in such areas as ecology, population dynamics, pest management, physiology, pathology and systematics.

Affiliated with the Department is the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory which houses nearly three million specimens.  

For more information please visit some of the individual professor's websites:

  • BUDDLE, Christopher M. Terrestrial arthropod biodiversity, in particular spider and insect diversity in managed and unmanaged forests; the effects of downed woody material on arthropod communities; the role of generalist predators in detritus-based food webs; spider ecology, life-history, and taxonomy.
  • DUNPHY, Gary B. Virulence mechanisms of the bacterium Xenorhabdus in insects; insect immunity.
  • WHEELER, Terry A. Insect systematics, biodiversity and zoogeography; with a focus on phytophagous and saprophagous flies, especially Chloropidae. Ongoing studies include the systematics and ecology of Diptera in grasslands, the diversity and zoogeography of Holarctic flies and the use of insect of biodiversity studies.


Contact: Macdonald Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies