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Joe Culin, PhD

Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
Associate Director Clemson Experiment Station

Office: 864.656.2810


PhD Entomology, 1981, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
MS Entomology & Applied Ecology, 1977, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
BA Biology, 1975, Eastern College, St. Davids, PA


I provide broad oversight for research activities in the college. Responsibilities include:

  • dissemination of RFPs to appropriate faculty 
  • signature authority at both the university and college-level for proposal submissions
  • coordinate renovation of research laboratories
  • management of college-level shared use research equipment
  • coordinate research safety activities with Clemson University EHS
  • oversight for on-campus faculty CRIS projects, and review of off-campus faculty CRIS projects 

In addition, I have budget management responsibilities for the college. I also represent the college on several university-wide committees.

Research Interests

My research interests center on population and community dynamics of arthropods and arthropod biodiversity. Current research activities include (1) producing biological control agents for management of the hemlock woolly adelgid in southern Appalachian forests, and (2) biodiversity surveys in national and state parks in SC.  


Vickers, M. and J. Culin. (Accepted Dec 2013) Spider (O: Araneae) Responses to Fire and Fire Surrogate Fuel Reduction in a Piedmont Forest in Upstate South Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist. 

Culin, J. and C. Smith. 2014. Student survey of Lepidoptera and Odonata in Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park, and Kings Mountain National Military Park. American Entomologist 60(1): 29-38.

Faulkenberry, Mark S., Joseph D. Culin, Steven N. Jeffers, Melissa B. Riley & William C. Bridges. 2012. Efficacy of imidacloprid and dinotefuran applied as soil drenches or trunk sprays for managing Adelges tsugae (Hemiptera: Adelgidae) on mature hemlock trees in a forest. Journal of Entomological Science 47(4):369-374.

Chou, C.-Y., B. Song, R.L. Heddon, T.M. Williams, J.D. Culin, & C.J. Post. 2010. Three-dimensional landscape visualizations: New technique towards wildfire and forest bark beetle management. Forests 1: 82-98.

Conway, H.E., J.D. Culin, L.W. Burgess & C. Allard. 2010. Maximizing oviposition efficiency when mass rearing the coccinellid Sasajiscymnus tsugae, a predator of the hemlock woolly adelgid, Adelges tsugae. Journal of Insect Science 10(152): 1-9.

Professional Society Activity

Entomological Society of America

Honors and Awards

Helms Award for Excellence for exemplary contributions to education in South Carolina (2003) – Awarded by the South Carolina Science Council and the Hall of Science and Technology.

South Carolina Professor of the Year (1998) – Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Excellence in College and University Teaching: Southern Regional Recipient (1997) – USDA and National Association of State Universities and Land-Grand Colleges (NASULGC).

South Carolina Governor’s University and College Teaching Award: Finalist (1997) – South Carolina Governor’s Office and South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (1995) – Entomological Society of America.

Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching (1995 & 1994) – Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society of America.


ENT 2010, Selected Topics in Entomology. This 1cr undergraduate discussion course is offered every semester and can be taken for a total of 3 cr during a student’s time at Clemson. In fall semesters this is a readings-based course based on articles in popular science publications such as Smithsonian and National Geographic. Topics have included Insects in Mythology and Religion, Insects in Art, and Entomology and Death. In spring semesters this is a movie-based discussion course built around arthropod science fiction films. Topics have included Insect Horror Classics and Their Remakes, Who’s Afraid of Spiders?, and Arthropods Sure Were Bigger in the 50’s!.