Jeffrey A. Lockwood

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Jeffrey Alan Lockwood
Born 1960
Occupation Author; professor
Nationality American
Education Ph.D. Louisiana State University
Genre Science; meditations
Notable awards Pushcart Prize
John Burroughs Medal
Spouse Nancy
Children Ethan; Erin
"When I slow my pace of living so that I truly see the grassland, then my life comes into focus." (J.A. Lockwood, Prologue, Prairie soul: Finding grace in the earth beneath my feet)


Dr. Jeffrey Alan Lockwood (born 1960) is an award-winning author and University of Wyoming professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities.[2] He writes both nonfiction science books, as well as meditations. Lockwood is the recipient of both the Pushcart Prize and the John Burroughs Medal.[2]

Lockwood earned a B.S. degree in biology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he was the 1982 recipient of the Brown Award.[3] He received a Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University, after completing a dissertation entitled The behavioral ecology of the first instar southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula (L.).[4]

His career at the University of Wyoming began as Assistant Professor of Entomology before becoming Professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities, then transferring to the philosophy department and teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing.[5]

Lockwood has authored numerous articles, some of which have been licensed by government entities, such as the Wyoming Water Research Center. In 2000, he co-authored Grasshoppers and Grassland Health for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.[6] His most recent science book, Six-legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War, is a historical account of entomological bioterrorism from early days through the present, and the near future. A guest of the world: Meditations is Lockwood's latest book on spirituality under Skinner House Books, a book publisher run by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Lockwood and other scholars at the University of Wyoming have recently become locked in a debate with university administration, and Wyoming business and energy leaders over what he and others have argued is a clear case of the infringement of academic freedom. According to emails and reports released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the sitting university President, Tom Buchanan, ordered the destruction of Carbon Sink, an artwork created by Chris Drury (artist), after Wyoming energy and business leaders considered it an untoward criticism of the industry that partly subsidizes the university through severance tax. Although Wyoming industry leaders have called for a moratorium on the debate, the university administration's infringement of academic freedom has become the hot-button topic while the university seeks a replacement for Buchanan, upon his scheduled retirement in July 2013.

Lockwood is married, and has a son and daughter. He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laramie, Wyoming, USA.[7] He also appears as a character in Tectonic Theater Project's The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.'''

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • (1987). Probabilities of rangeland grasshopper outbreaks in Wyoming counties. Laramie, Wyo: Agricultural Experiment Station, Dept. of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences. OCLC 20379263
  • (1988). Impact of sedimentation on the aquatic macrointertebrates of the North Fork of the Little Snake River. Laramie, Wyo: Wyoming Water Research Center]. OCLC 54467910
  • (1988). Biology and recommendations for use of Nosema locustae Canning, a biological control agent of grasshoppers. Laramie, Wyo: Agricultural Experiment Station, Dept. of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences, University of Wyoming. OCLC 20975160
  • (1997). Ethical issues in biological control. Agriculture and human values, v. 14, no. 3. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic. OCLC 39233868
  • (2002). Grasshopper dreaming: Reflections on killing and loving. Boston: Skinner House Books. ISBN 1-55896-431-2
  • (2004). Locust: The devastating rise and mysterious disappearance of the insect that shaped the American frontier. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-7382-0894-9 (Google Books text)
  • (2004). Prairie soul: Finding grace in the earth beneath my feet. Boston: Skinner House Books. ISBN 1-55896-471-1 (Google Books text)
  • (2006). A guest of the world: Meditations. Boston: Skinner House Books. ISBN 1-55896-504-1
  • (2009). Six-legged soldiers: Using insects as weapons of war. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-533305-3
  • (2009). (with William A. Reiners) Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-13303-6
  • (2013). The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-993019-7


  1. ^ "Prairie Soul Finding Grace in the Earth Beneath My Feet". April 5, 2007. Archived from the original on January 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Jeff Lockwood to Read from His New Book". October 10, 2008. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Brown Award Winners". Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ Lockwood, Jeffrey Alan (1985). "The behavioral ecology of the first instar southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula (L.)". OCLC 15135366. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Lockwood, Jeffrey Alan". Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  6. ^ Lockwood, Jeffrey Alan; Alexandre V. Latchininsky; Mikhail Georgievich Sergeev (2000). Grasshoppers and Grassland Health. Springer. ISBN 0-7923-6529-1. 
  7. ^ "Jeffrey A. Lockwood". Retrieved 2009-01-05. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Frosch, Dan (October 26, 2012). "Art That Irked Energy Executives Is Gone, but Wyoming Dispute Whirls On". The New York Times.  Drury's artwork "Carbon Sink" was commissioned by the University of Wyoming. After about a year, it was taken down following after pressure from energy industry and political officials.
  • Nijhuis, Michelle (October 31, 2012). "The Artwork That Infuriated Big Coal". Slate.  More on the Wyoming University decision to remove Drury's sculpture, and a comparison to Indiana University's handling of pressure regarding historical murals on campus showing the Ku Klux Klan's ascendancy in the 1920s.