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Dr. Quentin Wheeler

Dr. Quentin Wheeler was appointed fourth president of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in January 2014. 

Upon completion of his doctoral degree at The Ohio State University, he joined the faculty of Cornell University, where he remained professor for more than 20 years, holding leadership roles in the Department of Entomology and Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. He served the National Science Foundation as director of the Division of Environmental Biology and was the first foreign appointed Keeper and Head of Entomology in London’s prestigious Natural History Museum. Before joining ESF, Dr. Wheeler was the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University, where he was also vice president and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Wheeler, an internationally recognized taxonomist, has made many contributions to the theory and practice of phylogenetic systematics and the evolution and classification of insects, and has been a tireless advocate of the importance of taxonomy and natural history museums to the exploration and conservation of biodiversity.

Founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration, now at ESF, Wheeler has named more than 100 new species, written 150 scientific articles, and is author or editor of six books including Letters to Linnaeus, The New Taxonomy, and What on Earth? His love of nature, fascination with natural history, nearly 40 years of species exploration and varied senior executive positions have prepared him to lead the College into its next century.