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If you are considering studying entomology, you might think one day you could have a species named after you – but for Katie Peckham that day came sooner than expected. 

Katie knew that she wanted to conduct her own research, and our MSc by Research Entomology immediately captured her attention.

“Reading’s entomology course was more suited to my interests than any other master’s. I would be taught essential research methods and principles of entomological research design that I could apply to my interests in domestide and bees.” 

The course was ideal for Katie as Reading entomology students get to design and conduct their own research projects, both in the winter and summer months. 

Whilst conducting her winter research project, Katie discovered a new species of domestide (beetle), the Globicornis peckhamae (named after the discoverer)! Her study of what she thought were all Globicornis bifasciata revealed distinct differences in body colour, body shape and genitalia.     

“I would have never imagined discovering a new species so early in my career. Reading has allowed me to conduct fieldwork and innovative research that I would not have done otherwise”. 

Studying at Reading gives students access to a large, dedicated entomology lab and research equipment.

“I have gained more knowledge in identifying species and have loved receiving all the ‘insect’ equipment. I have my own forceps, glue, microscope, sweep net and bench to research my specific insect interests”. 

Katie’s summer research project made use of our Green Flag Award winning campus.

“We have access to Reading’s vast campus, full of meadows and rewilding areas. These areas are perfect for insect collection.”