W. Wyatt Hoback
Incoming Southwestern Branch Secretary-Elect
W. Wyatt Hoback has been a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1996, earned his PhD in 1999 and has been active with the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society until 2014 when he accepted a position with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University (OSU). In the North Central Branch, Dr. Hoback served as Linnaean Games master between 2003 and 2014, chaired the Section F committee for Education and Youth in 2007, and received Award in Teaching for the North-Central Branch in 2009. At OSU, he teaches Insects and Society, a non-majors course with annual enrollment of more than 600 students per year, Insect Biology and Classification, Forensic Entomology, Aquatic Entomology, and Introduction to Research. Dr. Hoback’s research examines community organization and conservation of invertebrates with a focus on the American burying beetle. He has received more than $3 million in grant funding and has published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications in scientific and teaching journals. Dr. Hoback is coach of OSU’s Linnaean Games team, and is enthusiastic about the Entomological Society of America and about student recruitment and retention.