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Tech’s Plant and Soil Science Department adds entomologist Scott Longing

Tech’s Plant and Soil Science Department adds entomologist Scott Longing

Entomologist Scott Longing has been named a visiting assistant professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Plant and Soil Science, according to officials with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He officially stepped into new his teaching and research post on Sept. 1.

The Russellville, Ark., native indicated that he’s particularly interested in continuing his research efforts on the ecology and conservation of endemic insects relying on permanent groundwater-influenced habitats, particularly how populations are affected by climate and landscape factors.

Additionally, he said he would like to investigate the ecology of insects in ephemeral aquatic habitats in urban and rural settings on the Southern High Plains. One of his goals is to simply teach basic and applied entomology to students in his courses so they will be better prepared for careers and graduate research involving insects.

Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty, Longing served as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate with the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Arkansas. He also worked as a postdoctoral associate with the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering – Arkansas Water Resources Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Arkansas Tech University, and his master’s degree in entomology from the University of Arkansas. His doctorate in entomology is from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Written by Norman Martin and Kelsey Shaw

CONTACT: Richard Zartman, Department Chair and Leidigh Professor of Soil Physics, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2838 or richard.zartman@ttu.edu

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