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Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2339

Phone: (208) 885-6274

Email: pses@uidaho.edu
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Current Research

Participate in a departmental research project exploring biologically-based pest management. Explore how crushed mustard seeds naturally deter insects. Monitor aquatic insects in streams and rivers. Participate in the pest management aspects of growing wheat for biofuel. Paid positions are available.

Our faculty members are also researching:

  • Insect biodiversity
  • Chemical ecology of insects
  • Innovative methods of pest control in sustainable farming systems and landscapes
  • Insects as vectors of disease
  • Insects for weed control


Aldrich Entomology Club: Explore insect and plant interactions in the field and collect samples to add to the University of Idaho entomology museum, make presentations, socialize with students and entomology experts.
Plant and Soil Science Club: Grow plants to sell; visit the Japanese Gardens or World Forestry Center in Portland.
Soil Stewards: Help control pest insects—and encourage helpful ones—at the University of Idaho organic farm.

Hands-On Experience

Intern. Get practical experiences like these:

  • USDA: Study how wood ticks spread Lyme disease.
  • U.S. Forest Service: Research how aphids locate host plants.
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service: Assess the health of streams by studying their aquatic insect populations.

Study abroad
. Deepen your understanding of your major—and the world—in countries like these:

  • India: Learn how crop pests are managed on 1000-year-old terraced hillsides.
  • Taiwan: Observe insects in agriculture and aquaculture.
  • Mexico: Learn how coffee and mango plantations manage insect pests and pollinators.

. Give back. Grow produce for a local food bank. Introduce 4-H youth groups and elementary school classes to the amazing world of insects.


The William F. Barr Entomology Museum contains more than one million insect specimens, plus live walking sticks and hissing cockroaches. The department’s facilities also include two farms and two state-of-the-art greenhouses.