Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Ph.D.

Program overview

Our doctoral students have two concentrations to choose from:

  • Entomology Concentration (Ph.D.)
  • Wildlife Ecology Concentration (Ph.D.)

Students complete coursework in all aspects of ecology, conservation, physiology, taxonomy, and policy. Students also conduct an intensive field research project under the tutelage of a faculty member, which is the basis of their dissertation.


Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as upper level scientists for state and federal agencies or as faculty at colleges and universities. All of our students find employment.


We are uniquely situated on an urban-rural gradient with research being conducted in human-dominated landscapes, agricultural landscapes, forested landscapes, and tidal marsh ecosystems.


The Insect Zoo

Tarantulas and beetles and scorpions, oh my, the Entomology Club at UD has them all

Earth Day 2020

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, UD scientists share their views of the planet's health

Soil judging team

First UD soil judging team earns professional development benefits

Featured Research