Cooperative Extension Service agents with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture collect kudzu bugs from both a commercial soybean field and a large kudzu patch in Phillips County on July 6, 2016. Photo by Ryan McGeeny.

Working to Make a Difference

We study insects and microbes to better understand interactions between organisms and to improve agricultural production systems.

Our faculty and graduates bring our research-proven technology to Arkansas and beyond.

Through the application of emerging technologies like big data, remote sensing, gene editing and nanotech, we translate our research from the lab to the field to the food on your table.

Student and Clemencia Rojas, faculty member, conducting research in the greenhouse.

Masters Programs

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology offers Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs in both entomology and plant pathology.  Assistantships are available for graduate students looking for assistance in funding their advanced degrees.

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Ph.D. Program

The department offers a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences (AFLS) with the option to concentrate in either Entomology or Plant Pathology.  Assistantships and fellowships are available to assist with funding the AFLS Ph.D. program. 

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Find an Expert

Our department is staffed with award-winning, nationally-recognized faculty members who not only serve students on campus, but also conduct research that benefits industries and communities across the state, nation and globe. 

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Our Purpose


The Department is a global leader in entomology and plant pathology; promoting human, animal, and plant health, environmental sustainability and food security.


The Department serves science and society through discovery, translation and dissemination of knowledge and resources to promote human, animal, and plant health, environmental sustainability and food security.

Core Values

  • Foster interdisciplinary and synergistic collaboration.
  • Champion a supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Support innovation and excellence.
  • Ensure scientific integrity.
  • Engage and serve our stakeholders.

ENPL Highlights

Recent Events and Recognitions:

  • The Isely Baerg Entomology Club was recently featured in the Democrat Gazette regarding the booth they hosted during the yearly Bumpers Bash held at the University of Arkansas.
  • Due to COVID-19 related concerns, the Insect Festival has been tentatively postponed until October of 2022.
  • A recent paper from Dr. Correll’s group was chosen as the ‘Editor’s pick’ in Plant Disease for the October issue. Congratulations to Jim Correll, Chunda Feng, Maria Villarroel-Zeballos, and departmental alumni Braham Dhillon and Vanina Lilian Castroagudin
  • Dr. McDermott is the lead author on a paper just published in a special issue of Journal of Insect Science. Way to go Emily! This special collection is: Protocols in Medical and Veterinary Entomology 

Current Job Postings:

  • Assistant Professor - Crop Entomologist. More information and application can be found here.



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