Timothy D. Schowalter received his B.A. Degree (Biology and Anthropology) from Wichita State University (1974), M.S. Degree (Biology) from New Mexico State University (1976) and Ph.D. Degree (Entomology) from The University of Georgia (1979). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University before moving to Oregon State University as Assistant Professor of Entomology in 1981. He was promoted to Professor in 1993 and was Interim Head (2001-2003) prior to moving to LSU. His research and teaching expertise are in forest entomology and insect ecology, focusing on effects of arthropod herbivores and detritivores on primary production and nutrient fluxes and on arthropod responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. He has published a textbook, Insect Ecology: an Ecosystem Approach, now going into its third edition, in addition to 70 peer-reviewed journal papers, 12 books and book chapters and additional symposia proceedings and other publications. He was Program Director for Ecosystem Studies at the National Science Foundation (1992-93), panel member for the USDA NRICGP Forest/Range/Crop/Aquatic Ecosystems Program (1996), member of the National Research Council Committee on Environmental Issues in Pacific Northwest Forest Management (1995-2000), and Vice President for Public Affairs, Ecological Society of America (1999-2002). He currently serves on the Editorial Boards for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and Population Ecology. He was Chair of the Council of Entomology Departmental Administrators (CEDA) (2009).