John D. Lattin began work at Oregon State University in 1955 as Instructor of Entomology. He earned his doctorate in entomology from the University of California in 1964 and, in 1968, he was made Professor of the OSU Entomology Department. During his time at OSU, Lattin served in a number of capacities including Director of the University Honors Program, Assistant Dean of the College of Science, Curator of the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Acting Chairman of the Department of Entomology, and Director of the Western Forest Insect Biodiversity Center. Lattin’s research focused on heteroptera, or "true bugs", with an emphasis on environmental stability in Pacific Northwest forests. John Lattin retired from Oregon State University in 1996.
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