Anthony I. Cognato
Incoming SysEB Representative to the Insect Systematics and Diversity Editorial Board
Current Position since 2006:
Professor, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
BS 1992 & MS 1995: State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Environmental & Forest Biology
Ph.D-1998: University of California, Berkeley. Entomology
I am an insect systematist who specializes bark and ambrosia beetle (Scolytinae) morphological and molecular taxonomy. My students and I have published over 100 studies concerning scolytines and other beetles from Ptilidae to Tenebrionidae. These studies include faunistics, paleobiology, evolution, ecology, taxonomy, and holistic systematics. Currently, my colleagues and I are revising the Southeast Asia Xyleborini and surveying the South American Xyleborini and their symbiotic fungi. I am the Director of the A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection (http://www.ent.msu.edu/directory/ anthony_cognato) which holds nearly 2 million specimens. I teach graduate courses in Adult Insect Taxonomy and Spider biology and Diversity. I have been a member of the systematics section of ESA since 1992, regularly attend the annual meetings and frequently publish in ESA journals. I have served ESA as President of the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (2009-2010) and as Chair of Insect Systematics and Diversity Editorial Board (2016-2017). In addition, I have served in leadership roles for the Coleopterist’s Society and Michigan State University.