Profile: Ward Wheeler

Dr. Ward Wheeler’s research focuses on the systematic relationships among and within insects, crustaceans, and chelicerates. His laboratory at the American Museum of Natural History sequences DNA and reconstructs evolutionary trees to determine how these taxa and their anatomy and DNA have evolved over the past 500 million years. Dr. Wheeler has built a series of high performance cluster computers to analyze these data, some of the fastest used in phylogenetic research in the world. He joined the AMNH staff in 1989 and since then has authored over 100 scientific publications, several books and software packages, and has been awarded a US patent in DNA sequence analysis.