About CUIC

Starting with J.H. Comstock and H.H. Smith in the 1870’s, today’s CUIC is the result of efforts by a long line of Cornell entomologists. Our taxonomic breadth is based on the sequential additions to our holdings by professors, staff and students who have exhibited dedication to the development of their diverse research interests.

Our Mission

The Cornell University Insect Collection serves as a permanent repository for scientifically valuable terrestrial arthropod specimens and associated data representing global insect diversity, species of economic importance, and vouchers from scientific studies.  The CUIC supports insect identification, systematics research, education, and public outreach for the global community.

Facilities

Facilities
The CUIC pinned insect collection is in a stable, climatically controlled facility located on the second floor of Comstock Hall on Cornell University's central campus.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff
Learn more about the faculty and staff that maintain the CUIC.

Graduate Students

Graduate Students
The CUIC supports graduate (MS and PhD) research in a variety of ways. Current students:

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students are involved in a number of curatorial and research projects in the CUIC.

History

History
The Cornell University Insect Collection traces its beginnings to the early years of Cornell, when Professor Burton Green Wilder donated the first specimens in 1870.

Research

Research
The CUIC is utilized worldwide as a resource for systematic and applied entomology.

News

News
See what's new at the Cornell University Insect Collection.
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