CCB Leadership

David L. Wagner, Director

Wagner stands on right of way

Dave Wagner is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. He has a BS from Colorado State University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His taxonomic expertise is with primitive moths, and in particular, Hepialidae (ghost moths) and microlepidopteran families of leafminers. Recently the immature stages (caterpillars) of Lepidoptera, matters of invertebrate conservation, and climate change have drawn much of his attentions. Early successional habitats and their associated floras and faunas have been another long time focus of his studies.

He travels to the western Amazon yearly where he is working on a digital field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Ecuador. Wagner recently published two books, one on the Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America (Princeton Univ. Press) and a second on the rare and endangered moths of eastern North America (USDA Forest Service). He has multi-year funding to author a book on the caterpillars of Western North America.

Wagner is well-known for his involvement in invertebrate conservation. He chairs Connecticut’s Advisory Committee on Endangered Invertebrates and is commonly called upon by State and Federal agencies for his advice on the Northeast’s imperiled insect biota. He also Chairs the Lepidopterists’ Society Conservation Committee. Currently, he is involved in two projects focused on matters of insect conservation in the state of Connecticut: one on the Endangered Northern Metalmark butterfly and a pine barren restoration project below Mansfield Hollow Dam in Windham, Connecticut.

Wagner serves on boards for the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Wedge Entomological Foundation.

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Board of Directors

List of People
NameTitleEmailPhone
Pam Diggle, EEBProfessor
pamela.diggle@uconn.edu(860) 486-4788
Chris Elphick, EEBProfessor
chris.elphick@uconn.edu(860) 486-4547
Kent Holsinger, EEBVice Provost and Dean
kent.holsinger@uconn.edu(860 486-0983
Carl Schlichting, EEBProfessor
schlicht@uconn.edu(860) 486-4056
John Silander, EEBProfessor
john.silander@uconn.edu(860) 486-2168
David Wagner, EEBDirector and Professor
david.wagner@uconn.edu(860) 486-2139