Professor Timothy Schowalter received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Georgia, US, where he studied forest insect responses to forest harvest practices
He subsequently trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University, US, studying bark beetle population dynamics and their effects on pine forest ecosystems. He continued to work on insect responses to changing forest conditions and effects on forest ecosystems as a professor at Oregon State University, US, for 22 years.
Much of his research has been in conjunction with the US Long Term Ecological Research Network. Schowalter moved to Louisiana State University in 2003, where he served as department head of Entomology until 2015.
Entomology in action
He has served as programme director for Ecosystem Studies at the National Science Foundation, where he made funding decisions for ecosystem projects across the US, and as elected vice-president for Public Affairs, Ecological Society of America and South-eastern Branch Representative to the Entomological Society of America Governing Board.
Schowalter now serves on the editorial boards for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and Journal of Economic Entomology. He was named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2012.
He is continuing long-term studies of canopy arthropod responses to hurricanes and other disturbances in forest ecosystems. With twenty-five years of data for post-Hugo (1989) and post-Georges (1998) recovery of canopy arthropod communities in tropical rainforests at the Luquillo Experimental Forest Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site in Puerto Rico, he is collaborating with colleagues at Oregon State University, National Taiwan University, and the Taiwan Forest Research Institute on the comparison of data from Puerto Rico, with comparable data following typhoon disturbances in sub-tropical forests in Taiwan.
Following Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Gustav (2008), he initiated studies in lowland hardwood forests in southeastern Louisiana. The combination of these databases from different forest types will improve predictions of canopy arthropod responses to canopy-opening disturbances.