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Quentin Wheeler

Quentin Wheeler

Professor, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Virginia M Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, International Institute for Species Exploration


Quentin Wheeler's research interests include the morphology, taxonomy and phylogeny of beetles, systematic biology theory, and the role of taxonomy in biodiversity exploration and conservation. In 2007 he created the International Institute for Species Exploration to partner with museums and botanical gardens to discover and describe earth's estimated 10 million or more species.

Before coming to Arizona State University in July 2006, Wheeler was keeper of entomology at the Natural History Museum (London). He previously was a program officer and division director at the National Science Foundation and a professor at Cornell University, where he also was chair of entomology and director of the L. H. Bailey Hortorium. He was named vice president and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in December 2006 and served through June 2011. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Linnean Society of London and Royal Entomological Society.


  • PhD, The Ohio State University, 1980
  • MS, The Ohio State University, 1977
  • BS, The Ohio State University, 1976


Journal Articles


Wheeler, Q. D., S. Knapp, D. W. Stevenson, S. D. Blum, R. M. Boom, G. G. Borisy, J. L. Buizer, M. R. De Carvalho, A. Cibrian, M. J. Donoghue, V. Doyle, E. M. Gerson, C. H. Graham, P. Graves, S. J. Graves, R. P. Guralnick, A. L. Hamilton, J. Hanken, W. Law, D. L. Lipscomb, T. E. Lovejoy, H. Miller, S. J. Miller, S. Naeem, M. J. Novacek, L. M. Page, N. I. Platnick, H. Porter-Morgan, P. H. Raven, M. A. Solis, A. G. Valdecasas, S. E. van der Leeuw, A. Vasco, N. Vermeulen, J. Vogel, R. L. Walls, E. O. Wilson and J. B. Woolley. 2012. Mapping the biosphere: Exploring species to understand the origin, organization and sustainability of biodiversity. Systematics and Biodiversity 10(1):1-20. DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2012.665095. (link )