David L. Wagner
David L. Wagner
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Elected to the Academy in 2022


Colorado State University, 1978, BS, plant pathology; the University of California at Berkeley, 1985, PhD, Entomology

Professional Area

Biodiversity; biogeography; insect biology especially moths and butterflies; conservation biology; teaching and outreach, especially to underserved and underrepresented areas


Leading evolutionary biologist, with an impressive record of award-winning books and citation-leading original research pushing the boundaries of biodiversity and conservation studies of insects, in particular moths and butterflies, while simultaneously investing heavily in public service through work with outreach to CT citizens, especially young and underrepresented persons, and education via promotion of a university-wide environmental literacy requirement.