David Hoekman, Ph.D.

  • Associate ProfessorQuetzal Education Research Center

Contact Info:

  • dhoekman@snu.edu
  • (405) 491-6657
  • http://snu.edu/biology-faculty
  • Southern Nazarene University, J.D. & Mary West Science Laboratory, 116B, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008


David Hoekman, Ph.D., studies arthropod food webs in aquatic and terrestrial systems and a teaches a range of field-based classes at Southern Nazarene University including Marine Ecology, Insect Ecology, Ornithology, General Ecology. He is also the principle professor of QERC’s Tropical Field Research course. Dr. Hoekman leads insect ecology research being conducted at QERC.

Ph.D., Ecology, Notre Dame
B.S., Biology and Archaeology, Wheaton College
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies representative for SNU
Director of the Environmental Studies Program at SNU
At SNU since August 2014

Prior Positions

Insect Ecologist at National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Fellow, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado – Boulder
Faculty, Wheaton College Science Station

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin – Madison, advisor Claudio Gratton

Notable Publications

Hoekman, D., Y. P. Springer, C. M. Barker, R. Barrera, M. S. Blackmore, W. E. Bradshaw, D. H. Foley, H. S. Ginsberg, M. H. Hayden, C. M. Holzapfel, S. A. Juliano, L. D. Kramer, S. L. LaDeau, T. P. Livdahl, C. G. Moore, R. S. Nasci, W. K. Reisen, and H. M. Savage. (2016) Design for mosquito abundance, diversity, and phenology sampling within the National Ecological Observatory Network. Ecosphere 7(5):e01320. 10.1002/ecs2.1320.

Sabo, J.L., D. Hoekman. (2015) Chapter 6: Dynamic systems of exchange link trophic dynamics in freshwater and terrestrial food webs. Editors: Kim La Pierre and Torrie Hanley. Trophic Ecology: Bottom-Up and Top-Down Interactions Across Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems. Cambridge University Press.

Hoekman, D., M. Bartrons, C. Gratton. (2012) Ecosystem linkages revealed by experimental lake-derived isotope signal in heathland food webs. Oecologia 170(3) 735-743.

Hoekman, D., J.M. Dreyer, R.D. Jackson, P.A. Townsend, C. Gratton. (2011) Lake to land subsidies: experimental addition of aquatic insects increases terrestrial arthropod densities. Ecology 92(11): 2063-2072.

Hoekman, D. (2010) The effect of temperature on the relative importance of top-down and bottom-up effects. Ecology 91(10): 2819-2825

More Publications listed on Google Scholar


Professor of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies’ Insect Ecology of Streams, Forests and Fields course
Dr. Hoekman enjoys traveling, biking, playing board games and spending time outside, along with his wife and 3 sons.
Prior to coming to Oklahoma, he and his family have lived and worked in Colorado, Montana, Wisconsin, Iceland, Indiana and Michigan.

Summary of Interests

Insect Ecology
Arthropod Food Webs