International Cooperation and Development
Entomology is by its very nature international; just as insects are not restrained
by artificial political boundaries, neither is our Department. Our quest to
discover new knowledge by necessity reaches to the far edges of the earth.
That work may seek to find parasitoids to bring back to the USA to control
an invasive pest insect that earlier had slipped across our borders from abroad.
Or it may be to bring home innovative concepts to help combat diseases like
West Nile fever. Alternatively it may have a purely humanitarian cause (e.g.,
helping impoverished farmers and city dwellers in Africa have enough food to
eat. At the same time, our Departmental technology transfer – bringing knowledge
and practical tools to bear on real-world problems – is likewise international.
Making the world a better place for everyone makes it better for us as well.
And since some of the best science and scientists are found overseas, it makes
sense to pursue strategic international partnerships that will help push back
the frontiers of knowledge.
Most of our international activities fall into
the following broad areas: integrated pest management (IPM), development of
biotechnological tools and their application, rural development and market-driven
technology transfer, and invasive biology. The research interests of our faculty
in this area are as follows: