John Cooley grew up fascinated by the natural world in general and cicadas in particular. He spent a number of years studying flies in high alpine meadows of Colorado and exploring the mountains of the Front Range. As a doctoral student, Cooley was the co-discoverer of a previously unknown female signal in periodical cicadas, and that discovery also helped lead Cooley and his colleagues to find a previously unknown cryptic periodical cicada species. Cooley has traveled extensively in North America, New Zealand, and Australia, and he has taught at Yale University, Ohio State University, University of Connecticut, and University of Rhode Island. Cooley is currently teaching and conducting research at University of Connecticut, where he leads a project to use data from citizen scientists to guide species distribution mapping efforts. Because several degrees is never enough, Cooley is also an M.B.A. candidate working to bridge scientific and economic discussions of resource use and sustainability.