ENTOMOLOGY

DEPARTMENT OF

Fall 2014 Course Descriptions

Science and Society  (AGRI 1005)  - Dr. Mike Stout

Principles of biology applied in a sociological context; relationships among scientific inquiry, ethics, social values, and public policies for the beginning science and non-science student.

 

 

Insects in the Environment (ENTM 2001) - Dr. Gregg Henderson

Lecture: MW 9:30 to 10:20, 215 Tureaud Hall

Lab: W (2:30 to 4:20) or T (3:00 to 4:50), 110 Life Sciences

Course Description:  Insects in the Environment (ENTM2001) is an undergraduate course intended for students that have not previously had a course in entomology. We will follow a current textbook on the subject (2013) with an emphasis on insect biology and diversity. The laboratory aspect of the course will involve identifying insects, collecting and pinning insects and submitting a box of pinned specimens at the end of the semester.  It is expected that you will become very proficient with an insect net. Above all, it is the hope that a knowledge of insects, what they do and why they do it, and how to identify will increase your excitement for the invertebrate world all-around you (even under your feet!).

 

 

Insect Biology (ENTM 4002) - Dr. James Ottea

Insects are one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet.  Elaborate adaptations in their morphology, ecology, and physiology have allowed insects to flourish, and they are found (often in very high numbers) occupying almost every ecological niche.  In addition, insects are prime subjects for biological inquiry, and provide excellent model systems for the study of evolution, genetics, and behavior.  In other respects, insects are unique members of the Animal Kingdom, and exemplify many attributes necessary for success on an evolutionary time scale.

This course provides an overview of biological aspects of insects that underlie their unparalleled abundance and diversity.  The taxonomy/systematics of Hexapoda is presented briefly to underscore the overwhelming prevalence of insects on our planet.  Subsequent lectures will focus on biological, biochemical, and ecological principles as they relate to the success of these animals.  This course will offer students of Biology and Entomology an abbreviated look at the rich biology of insects.  At present, there is no course that provides such an overview, or that examines the evolutionary success of insects from a multidisciplinary perspective.

 

 

Immature Insects (ENTM 7005) -  Dr. Chris Carlton

The main course objective of Immature Insects is proficient identification of the diversity of immature forms of insects to the family level and the use of taxonomic keys to immature insects. Emphasis is on holometabolous larvae. Important conceptual and practical topics include using chaetotaxy for Lepidoptera larval identification, correlation of mouthpart anatomy and feeding strategies in beetle larvae, and maggotization of larval head capsules in Diptera. A collection is required using archival curatorial techniques for spirit preserved specimens.

 

 

Advanced Insect Pest Management (ENTM 7006) - Dr. Fangeng  Huang

During the last decade, there have been numerous scientific and technological advances in insect pest management, such as use of the internet systems, global positioning systems (GPS) and geographical information systems (GIS), modeling, biotechnology, host plant resistance, biological control, as well as many discoveries of environmentally benign novel pesticide chemistries.

This course provides students with cutting edge information and knowledge related to the development and implementation of modern insect pest management tactics and strategies. The course will begin with an overview of pest management history and the ecological basis of insect pest management. Subsequent lectures will emphasize advances in major insect pest management tactics including cultural control, biological control, host plant resistance, and chemical control. Several key components of insect pest management, such as insect sampling, economic injury level (EIL), economic threshold (ET), and an introduction of system analysis and its applications in insect pest management will then be presented to underscore the quantitative aspects of insect pest management programs. Several lectures at the end of the course will focus on two novel technologies (biotechnology and GPS/GIS) and their applications in insect pest management. No comparable course exists at present at LSU.

 

 

Seminar  (ENTM 7007) -Dr. Chris Carlton

Student seminars are divided between introductory seminars (required for Ph.D. candidates) and final research seminars (required for all graduate students). Students present seminars, serve as moderator/introducers for colleagues, and assist with arranging preseminar snacks and social events. An organizational meeting is held around the first week of the semester to describe protocols and course requirements.

 

 

Insect Epidemiology - Special Topics (ENTM 7008, section 1) - Dr. Kristen Healy

Lecture: TBA, but possibly on Mondays 1:00 to 4:00 pm, A561 Life Sciences

In this course, we will discuss concepts and methodologies of epidemiology and their uses in understanding trends and outbreaks of insect vectored plant, forest, human, and animal pathogens.  We will also discuss methods of evaluating and understanding insect disease, such as those affecting honey bees and threatened or endangered species.   A major focus of this course will be to understand available methods in surveillance, prevention, and control of diseases, especially those of plants, humans, and animals.  Topics will include terms and concepts used in epidemiology, tools and techniques, such as GIS, modeling, and statistical analyses, and predicting and controlling outbreaks of disease.

 

 

Molecular Entomology - Special topics (ENTM 7008, section 2) - Dr. Jeff Davis

Lecture, MW 10:30 to 11:30 am, room 110 Life Sciences

Course Description: This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to molecular methodologies utilized in the study of entomology. Students will learn to “speak the molecular lingo” while reviewing major research developments using molecular techniques in each emphasis of entomology. By the end of the semester, students will have developed a basic understanding of molecular techniques to be able to decipher new technologies they may encounter.

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Entomology

404 Life Sciences Building

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA  70803

PHONE: 225-578-1634, FAX: 225-578-2257

Email: tschowalter@agcenter.lsu.edu