E. (dward) Richard Hoebeke
E. Richard (Rick) Hoebeke currently serves as the associate curator and collection manager of the Collection of Arthropods, Georgia Museum of Natural History, University of Georgia, Athens. Previously, he served in a senior academic position at Cornell University and the Department of Entomology for nearly 35 years. There, he was a Senior Extension Associate and the Assistant Curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection from 1977-2011.
During the past three decades, he has been recognized as a national leader in the area of exotic pest detection, having discovered numerous insect species new to the Western Hemisphere, North America, or to the United States. He has authored or co-authored over 80 referred papers on exotic species, providing valuable information on their recognition, North American distribution, seasonal history, and habits. He was the first entomologist to identify the highly destructive Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) from an infested Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City in 1996, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) in eastern Pennsylvania in 2001, and the pine-killing European woodwasp (Sirex noctilio) from central New York in early 2005.