The Department of Entomology was founded in 1896 at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York.
Our mission is threefold: to pursue studies to understand basic and applied aspects of insect biology; to provide a robust and modern curriculum as part of preeminent undergraduate and graduate programs; and to inform and educate the public about the issues related to insects and other arthropods.
Our faculty primarily works on two campuses: Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca and Cornell AgriTech in Geneva. We also work in two agricultural field stations in New York state. Our department houses some of the world’s preeminent resources for the study of entomology, including one of the world’s largest insect collections, working farms of all sizes, a major honey bee colony and state-of-the-art laboratories.
Entomology at a glance
Did you know?
Nation’s first entomology textbook
Founding faculty entomologists John Henry Comstock and Anna Botsford Comstock wrote the nation’s first textbook on entomology.
In 1908, entomologist James G. Needham (Ph.D. 1898) is credited with teaching the nation’s first course in limnology, the study of the biological, chemical and physical features of lakes and other bodies of fresh water.
Small fruits research
Entomologists at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva were trailblazers for conducting the first major research program on insect and mite pests of strawberry, raspberry and other small fruits in the eastern U.S.
For general department inquiries
Phone: (607) 255-7723
Fax: (607) 255-0939
Email: lew1 [at] cornell.edu
Phone: (315) 787-2323
Fax: (315) 787-2326
Email: hak3 [at] cornell.edu
Department of Entomology
2126 Comstock Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Department of Entomology
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Are you interested in visiting?
To facilitate your visit to the department and allow us a chance to set up meetings with faculty and staff who can best answer your questions, please contact cag45 [at] cornell.edu (Cheryl Gombas) (Ithaca) or hak3 [at] cornell.edu (Holly King) (Geneva) a week in advance so that we may schedule your visit with appropriate individuals.
Latest entomology news & discoveries
A new study finds that nest boxes of commercial eastern common bumblebees (Bombus impatiens) lead to the deaths of wild queens who are attracted to the brightly colored hives.
Arthur Allen Muka, M.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’54, whose work in applied economic entomology supported growers in New York and around the globe, died Dec. 7, 2022, in Ithaca.