John D. Oswald

Incoming SysEB Representative to the Thomas Say Editorial Board

Education: John received his B.S. in Forest Management (1982) and M.S. in entomology (1985) from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Entomology from Cornell University (1991).

Employment: John is a Professor in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, and Curator of the Texas A&M University Insect Collection. Before accepting his current position in 1995, he held postdoctoral positions at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Area of Interest & Accomplishments in Entomology: John’s research interests include the systematics of the Neuropterida on a global scale, especially the Hemerobiidae and Myrmeleontoidea, and biodiversity informatics, particularly the organization and digital delivery of taxonomic, nomenclatural and collection-based entomological data.

His recent research has centered on descriptive and revisionary studies of a variety of neuropteran taxa and the development of comprehensive, web-based, resources that serve the global systematic neuropterology community.

John teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the morphology, biodiversity, biology, and evolution of insects.

Leadership Roles: John is a long-time member of ESA and has presented submitted and invited papers at various meetings. He has served as a member and Chair of the Annals of the ESA Editorial Board, the Systematics Resources Committee, and the ESA Publications Council. He is currently the SysEB representative to the ESA Governing Board, and Past President of the International Association for Neuropterology.

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