Scott Longing hired as new entomologist for Tech’s Plant and Soil Science
An experienced entomologist has been named an assistant professor in Texas Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Scott Longing officially stepped into his new teaching and research post on Sept. 1.
Longing is currently focusing on research involving the ecology and conservation of endemic terrestrial insects at the Monahans sandhills in western Texas and endemic aquatic insects across the Ozark Plateau, with a common goal across these systems to determine habitat associations and threats to populations. He’s also currently involved in developing a research project to compare insect communities across organic and conventional cotton, native rangeland and sandhill ecosystems in western Texas, with a focus on insect pollinators.
An additional interest involves newly established beehives at the Plant and Soil Science’s Quaker Research Farm and interacting with regional beekeepers on projects involving honey bee health. His primary goals here at Tech are to continue to develop opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research involving insect ecology and conservation and to contribute information to support sustainable agriculture on the Southern High Plains.
Longing has worked as a visiting assistant professor with Tech’s Plant and Soil Science Department since 2012. Prior to joining the Tech faculty, he 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 post-doctoral associate with the Arkansas Water Resources Center at the University of Arkansas and was previously the apiary section head with the Arkansas State Plant Board in Little Rock.
Longing 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 Tech University. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, The Coleopterists Society, The Xerces Society and the Society for Freshwater Science.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Eric Hequet, Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2838 or firstname.lastname@example.org