Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology

College of the Environment and Life Sciences



Faculty and students have academic freedom to choose research topics. Topics are influenced, however, by the RI Agricultural Experiment Station and by external granting agencies. In developing a strategic plan for the department, we have agreed to recognize three principle focal areas which characterize much of our research. These are Sustainable LandscapesArthropod Vectors of Human Disease, and Invasive Species.

Sustainable Landscapes

We are developing plants that are economical to grow and maintain—in home, work, and recreational plantings….[ Learn more]

Invasive Species

Non-native plants and animals that are introduced into North America typically come without the natural enemies…. [ Learn more ]

Disease Vectors

Diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes are a significant concern in Rhode Island and much of the northeast…. [ Learn more ]

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