Discover the fascinating lives of insects and their close relatives, and their roles as pests, pollinators, parasitoids, and predators


If you're an intellectually curious, motivated student looking to explore all facets of insect biology, consider studying Entomology at Oregon State. 

The Entomology Program is an interdisciplinary program involving many faculty from across campus, comprising areas of entomology relating to:

  • Aquatic & riparian ecology
  • Pollinator conservation
  • Integrated pest management & applied Entomology
  • Temporal and spatial patterns In large species assemblages
  • Ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions, and more

In the News

Bees pollinate many of our favorite foods like almonds apples and even 90%of all berries. But according to the  Department of Agriculture, there have been significant yearly declines in honeybee colonies since 2006. Researchers have listed many...

Christopher Marshall

An entomologist and curator for the Oregon State University Arthropod Collection for the last 15 years, Marshall is passionate about insects and their taxonomic relationships. In particular, he is a beetle guy. 

(Left) A spotted wing drosophila. (Right) A tiny wasp called ganaspis brasiliensis. Photo of wasp by Dr. Kent Daane, University of California, Berkley. Photo of fruit fly by Martin Hauser/ California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Walton said at first, growers used more pesticides to combat the flies, but insects eventually become resilient to such chemicals, so he and scientists from OSU and the University of California at Berkeley set out to find the flies’ natural...