Phone: (480) 727-9126, Lab: (480) 727-9150
Office: LSC 426
Education: PhD, 1980, Ohio State University
Curriculum Vitae: wheeler_q_cv.pdf
Faculty Group: Human Dimensions
Quentin Wheeler investigates the role of taxonomy and natural history museums in the exploration, conservation and sustainability of biodiversity. His focus is on modernizing the infrastructure for morphology-based revisionary taxonomy (cybertaxonomy) to encourage the discovery, description and classification of Earth’s species.
His research goals include (a) exploring the evolutionary history of complex characters and species, (b) establishing a baseline of species in the biosphere to monitor changes in biodiversity, and (c) making evolutionary adaptations accessible for inspiring biomimetic solutions to problems facing Humankind.
Wheeler was professor of taxonomy at Cornell University; director of the division of environmental biology at the National Science Foundation; and head of entomology in London’s Natural History Museum. Wheeler brings attention to taxonomy and the biodiversity crisis through an annual Top 10 New Species list and weekly column in The Observer.
- Wheeler, Quentin and Sara Pennak. 2013. What on Earth? 100 of Our Planet’s Most Amazing New Species. New York: Plume/Penguin.
- Wheeler, Q., Assis, L., and O. Rieppel. 2013. Heed the father of cladistics. Nature496: 295-296.
- Wheeler, Q. D., Knapp, S., Stevenson, D. W., et al. 2012. Mapping the biosphere: Exploring species to understand the origin, organization and sustainability of biodiversity. Systematics and Biodiversity 10: 1-20.
- Wheeler, Q. D., Bourgoin, T., Coddington, J., et al. 2012. Nomenclaturalbenchmarking: the roles of digital typification and telemicroscopy. ZooKeys 209: 193-202.
- Valdecasas, A. G., Pelaez, M. L., and Q. D. Wheeler. 2013. What’s in a (biological) name? Cladistics(2013): 1-9.