Outreach continues during Covid-19

Outreach During The COVID Storm

Entomology’s outreach plans creatively evolved to accommodate the COVID-19 cancellation of all OSU in-person activities on March 16. Our outreach team, Denise Ellsworth, Jeni Ruisch, and Jeni Filbrun implemented successful dynamic and interactive online programs, while maintaining their high level of continuous care for our Columbus and Wooster Bug Zoos.

Ellsworth and Ruisch each swiftly modified in-person conferences, workshops, classroom visits, camp curriculums, on-going pollinator program activities, small-group sessions – everything- to provide online content delivery. Entomology’s interactive engagement within our communities continue and thrive, as evidenced by the impressive number of attendees in these online programs.

Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions, Ellsworth and Entomology alumni, MaLisa Spring, coordinated and implemented The Ohio Bee Survey, a new community science project to create a detailed inventory of Ohio’s wild bees.

Meanwhile, Filbrun is consumed with the creation, design, permitting and move logistics for our new Bug Zoo in Wooster, as well as the continuous care of BugZooWoo’s large and diverse collection of live arthropods.

As for the Columbus BugZoo – Ruisch has it under constant supervision in her dining room, all 40 species!

Detailed updates and summaries of the incredible activities listed below are available on our Outreach page:

Ellsworth: Pollinator Education

Filbrun: Wooster Bug Zoo transformation

Ruisch: Columbus BugZoo & Outreach

  • BugZoo's temporary new home
  • Outreach by ZoomTemporary Home of Columbus Bug Zoo


  1. Welcome new faculty: Dr. Kelley Tilmon

    Aug 6, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kelley Tilmon will join the faculty of the Department of Entomology as an Associate Professor beginning on January 1, 2016. Her extension, research, and teaching programs will focus on the ecology and management of insect pests of agronomic crops. She will be based out of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) campus of Ohio State in Wooster, OH.

  2. Congrats Grad Student Award Winners

    Aug 4, 2015

    Congratulations to the Graduate Student Award Winners:

    Susan W. Fisher Teaching Award: Erin O’Brien

    David J. Horn Service Award: Andrea Kautz

    Lowell R. “Skip” Research Award: Carlos Esquivel

    James E. Tew Extension Award: MaLisa Spring

    Their contributions to the department are greatly appreciated!

  3. Welcome new faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Y. Long

    Jul 20, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Y. Long will join the faculty of the Department of Entomology as an Assistant Professor beginning on January 1, 2016. Her program will focus on the ecology and management of insect pests of horticultural food crops. Check out her website (http://elizabethylong.wix.com/research) for more information about her education, experiences, and additional research interests. She will be based out of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) campus of Ohio State in Wooster, OH.

  4. Grad Student Essays on Entomology Today

    Feb 26, 2015

    Check out these two essays authored by graduate students Andrea Kautz and Katie Todd, published on the Entomology Today website describing the accomplishments of Anna Botsford Comstock and Edith Patch. Congratulations, Andrea and Katie!!  

  5. The Invasion Begins: Stink Bugs Arrive

    Sep 25, 2014

  6. Exploradio: Fighting against the end of ashes

    Sep 8, 2014

    What was one of the most common trees in Ohio is all but gone, but some communities are still fighting to save the imperiled ash. Interview on WKSU with Dr. Dan Herms.

  7. Ohio State scientist studies Antarctic insect that survives freezing and thawing

    Aug 27, 2014

    For nearly a decade, David Denlinger has studied an insect smaller than his pinkie nail that lives thousands of miles away in one of the world’s most inaccessible areas. 

  8. News: Carrier of Lyme Disease, Blacklegged Ticks Now Established in Ohio

    Aug 27, 2014

    A new study conducted by Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health has found that blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease are now an emerging public health concern in Ohio, as tick populations carrying the disease have become established, particularly in the eastern half of the state.

  9. Student Newsletter Debut

    Aug 26, 2014

    The Entomology Department has a newsletter to stay in touch with  our students. Read our current and past issues. Please feel free to send us  announcements of general interest.   Dr. Dan Herms and Dr. Carol Anelli


  10. Backyard gardeners give Ohio State agriculture researchers a hand in pollination study

    Jun 8, 2014

    Thousands of seeds have been planted, and amateur scientists across the state are stepping into their laboratories, also known as their backyards.

    About 2,400 sunflowers, tomatoes, cucumbers and banana peppers were set to sprout in this study on pollination.