About the Society

The Kansas Entomological Society
The Central States Entomological Society

The Society goes by both of the above names.

It provides a forum for entomologists and welcomes as members all persons interested in insects or other terrestrial arthropods, their ecology, behavior, systematics, physiology, control, conservation, etc.

The Society was established in 1928, and produces a quarterly publication, the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society that contains papers by local authors as well as by persons from many other parts of the world.

The Society holds annual meetings in Kansas or nearby states, at which students as well as established entomologists present results of their research or reviews of topics of interest. There are no concurrent sessions! Thus interactions among individuals and their diverse disciplines are fostered.

The 95th Annual Meeting of
the Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, will jointly host the 151st Kansas Academy of Science  (KAS) and the 95th Kansas Entomological Society (KES) annual meetings on March 29-30, 2019.  This two-day meeting provides an excellent opportunity for scientists of many disciplines at all levels, including undergraduates, to present scientific discoveries formally in both poster and oral presentations.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Kasey Fowler-Finn, an evolutionary biologist from Saint Louis University. Her research specialty focuses on the evolution of insect and arachnid communication.  In addition to the keynote speaker, there will be featured speakers.  Dr. Heather Seitz, Dr. Jamie Cunningham and Dr. Melanie Harvey, JCCC, will give a presentation on expanding the search for novel antibiotics.  Dr. Chip Taylor, University of Kansas, will give a presentation on the Monarch Watch Program.

One field trip option includes a trip to the Linda Hall Library of Science and Engineering for a behind the scenes tour of rare and historical books.  A second field trip includes a tour of the Campus Open Petal Farm and other sustainability projects on the JCCC campus.

Further details including a meeting schedule and hotel accommodations can be found at the meeting website: http://www.jccc.edu/conferences/kansas-science-entomology/index.html

Online registration and abstract submission information will be available at the meeting website starting February 1 for early bird discounts.  Questions regarding the meeting should be addressed to Mark LaBarge (mlabarge@jccc.edu<mailto:mlabarge@jccc.edu>) or Lori Slavin (lslavin1@jccc.edu<mailto:lslavin1@jccc.edu>).



The Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society (JKES) is presently calling for papers in all areas of entomology.  JKES is a peer-reviewed journal with particular interest in the Central States but also has a national and international out-reach.  JKES publishes high-quality articles, in English, in all areas of entomology.  The Journal welcomes submissions of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.  Research papers and short communications are the most common submissions but scientific notes and checklists as well as book reviews are considered. A cover letter with names, email addresses and affiliations of three possible reviewers as well as a declaration that the prospective manuscript is original and has not been published before nor is under consideration by another publisher.

The Journal will be transitioning to an online submission process soon so please check the web site for details.  Please address questions to the editor at journalkansasentsoc@gmail.com and visit our web site at http://kes.allenpress.com/kes/HOME.aspx for more information.




Kansas Entomological Society

  • 810 E. 10th St.
  • Lawrence, KS 66044, U.S.A.

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