Teaching Entomology

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources.
A comprehensive directory and search engine of insect-related resources on the Internet. Contains links to databases, image galleries, videos, lesson plans, online courses, meetings and conferences, and much more. Includes material useful for teaching organized by taxonomic group and entomological subdiscipline.

Resources for Teaching Entomology (University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department).
Bibliographies of entomology-related articles and links to teaching resources.

Agripedia (University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture).
A comprehensive multimedia instructional resource for all areas within the study of agriculture and natural resources, including entomology. Has searchable database for courses, course materials, a glossary, and relevant resources. Unfortunately, there are dead links, but the site still has much to offer educators who are willing to browse through the numerous links provided.

MERLOT: Entomology
Type “Entomology” into the search engine of this site for online teaching and learning materials and get a variety of resources for teaching entomology and forensic entomology.

Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education (American Society of Agronomy).
A peer reviewed journal for teaching ideas K-16 in the life sciences, natural resources, and agriculture. Includes course descriptions, articles on use of online materials, exercises, web lessons, learning activities, SoTL research, and issues in teaching. Online version continuously updated during the year; one hard copy version published in December. Current issue available to paid subscribers only; full text of archived issues, 1998-2005, available free online.

Teaching Entomology: Moving from Paternalism to Active Learning,” Og DeSouza, Eraldo Lima, Ronaldo Reis Jr., and Angelo Pallini. In Anais da Sociedade Entomologica do Brasil,Forum 28 (3), September 1999. (In English)
Proposes a shift in the traditional way of teaching entomology to more active learning in which undergraduate and postgraduate students would interact in tutorials, discussing entomology outside the classroom.

Bugwood Network (University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources).
This group gathers and maintains digital information for educational activities in the fields of entomology, forestry, forest health, and natural resources. Material is comprehensive and well-organized.

National Science Digital Library (NSDL):  Teaching Entomology in Higher Education
Almost 300 links to sites useful for teaching, including museums of entomology, forensic entomology, lectures, lab notes, societies, and other resources.  

Back to top

Entomology-Related Professional Associations

Iowa State’s list of entomology-related professional societies.

Michigan Entomological Society.
Facilitates the exchange of ideas and information and encourages the study of insects by youth. Website contains 27 Entomology Notes online plus back issues of their newsletter. Hosts an annual meeting.

The American Entomological Society.
Links to membership information, publications, and educational resources. Information about the annual Field Day.

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).
This organization covers the teaching of all aspects of biology, including entomology. Information for entomology educators can be found under Resources and in their publication The American Biology Teacher. 

Back to top

Michigan State University Entomology Resources

Michigan State University Department of Entomology.

InsectaPod Cast (Anna Fiedler and Jake McCarthy, Michigan State University).
A semi-monthly audio report to deepen understanding of the connections between people, insects and the environment and a blog about the experience of creating the podcast.

MSU Entomology’s Bug House.

Back to top