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

If you can support our efforts to develop future professionals in entomology and plant pathology, your financial contributions would be greatly appreciated.

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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

Fall 2024

Future Events

  • The Insect Festival will be held Tuesday, November 5th - updates will be posted so keep an eye out!

summer 2024

Recent Events

  • Lindsay Hutchins has joined our team as departmental administrative manager
  • Jim Correll led a group of staff and students on a field trip to the J&M Mushroom Farm in June 2024
  • Rafael Zaia passed his thesis defense
  • Rachel Taylor has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Fiona Goggin received Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards for mentorship to colleagues
  • Entomology and plant pathology was recognized as this year's Provost Award for Departmental Excellence in Mentoring

Current Job Openings:

  • Instructor - Plant Health Clinic Diagnostician
  • Program Associate - Entomology
  • Program Associate - Nematology
  • Program Associate - Forest Health
  • Assistant Professor – Soilborne Diseases
    • This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position (80% research/20% teaching).  The successful candidate will develop a robust, extramurally funded research program focused on aspects of soil-borne plant diseases of agronomic crops grown in Arkansas. Applicants should have experience in soil-borne pathogen biology and ecology for the development of integrated disease management strategies, which may include holistic approaches to enhance soil and plant health.  All interested candidates must submit an application online at



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