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Faculty Senate

Dr. Scott R. Shaw
Professor, Curator, and Ecosystem Science & Management Faculty Senator
Faculty Senate Chair 2016-17

My 25 years of experience at UW provide a diverse historical perspective on recent eve nts.  I will serve the senate thoughtfully, with integrity, and to the best of my ability.  I will strive to improve lines of communication between the faculty, the administration, and the trustees.  It is an honor to be selected as Chair of the Faculty Senate, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve as an advocate for the UW Faculty in all matters that come before us.

Short Biographical Sketch

I started collecting and studying insects at the age of four. Currently I am Professor of Entomology and UW Insect Museum curator. My classes taught include Insect Biology, Classification, Evolution, and Honors Cloud Forest Ecology. My research focuses on the systematics and ecology of tropical insects. I have extensively studied and taught in Costa Rica and Ecuador, and my research in South America is currently funded by the National Science Foundation.  I have discovered and named more than 190 new insects from 29 different countries. Fifteen newly discovered insects have been named after me by other scientists. I have published more than 120 scientific journal articles about insects (publications list available on ResearchGate; RG Score = 30.79; https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Scott_Shaw4). My book, Planet of the Bugs, Evolution and the Rise of Insects, was recently selected as one of the Top Popular Science Books of 2014 by The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/science/grrlscientist/2014/dec/17/the-best-science-books-of-2014-biological-sciences).  My published suggestion for a Wyoming state insect, Sheridan's Green Hairstreak Butterfly, was adopted by the Wyoming legislature and the governor in 2009.  Since 2009, I’ve served five years as ESM Faculty Senator, two years as Member-at-Large for the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and one year as Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate.

Education

B.S., Michigan State University, Entomology, 1977

M.S., University of Maryland College Park, Systematic Entomology, 1981

Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park, Systematic Entomology, 1984

Professional employment

  • 1998-present, Professor of Entomology and UW Insect Museum Curator, University of Wyoming, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESM) – Affiliate Faculty, Program in Ecology (PiE).
  • 1993-1998, Associate Professor of Entomology and Insect Museum Curator, University of Wyoming, Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences.
  • 1989-1993, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Insect Museum Curator, University of Wyoming, Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences.
  • 1986-1989, Instructor for Insect Biology, Harvard University, Extension School, Cambridge, MA.
  • 1984-1989, Curatorial Associate, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • 1982-1984, Biological Laboratory Technician- Insects, USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory, U.S. National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
  • 1982, Smithsonian Visiting Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2010, COANR Outstanding Educator Award, UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • 2005-2015, Research Associate, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.
  • 1989-2007, 15 honorary patronyms: 14 new insect species and one new genus have been named after me by other scientists, including insects from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and the U.S.A.
  • 2003, University of Wyoming Internationalization Award and Medal of Recognition for Outstanding Faculty Commitment to Internationalization.
  • 1996, Excellence in Advising Award, University of Wyoming.
  • 1993, 1990, 1989, Faculty Growth Awards, University of Wyoming.
  • 1984, President's Prize, Entomological Society of America.
  • 1983, Snodgrass Award, Entomological Society of America.

Dr. Scott R. Shaw


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