Faculty and Staff

FACULTY

Peter H. Adler Professor Emeritus
Office: Cherry Farm Insectary
Phone: 864-656-5044
Email:  padler@clemson.edu
Lab Website ››

Biodiversity, Systematics & Evolution
Ecology of medically important insects, vectors, and pathogens; interactions with endangered vertebrates; ecology, and systematics of black flies; and the butterfly proboscis as a model for nanofluidic medical probes.


Robert G. Bellinger - Professor Emeritus
Office: 258 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-5042
Email: bbllngr@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology
Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator;  Management of on-farm stored grain insects, forage insects, and forest insects; Integrated Pest Management (IPM)


Eric P. Benson – Professor
Office: 266 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-7860
Email: ebenson@clemson.edu

Urban/Medical Entomology 
Extension and research responsibilities for urban pest management, specializing on termites, bed bugs, cockroaches and ants. Teaching responsibilities include urban entomology,  insect biology and insect diversity.


Brett R. Blaauw - Assistant Professor (UGA/Clemson split appointment)
Office: 413 Biological Sciences Bldg., Athens, GA
Phone: 
Email: bblaauw@clemson.edu
Lab Website ››

Peach entomology
Integrated Pest Management of insects and pollination ecology on peaches, particularly in Georgia and South Carolina


Carlyle C. Brewster – Professor and PES Chair
Office: 172 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-4964
Email: carlylb@clemson.edu

Applied Ecology 


Gerald R. Carner – Professor Emeritus
Office: 265 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-5040
Email: gcarner@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology
Insect pathology and microbial control.


Jay Chapin – Professor Emeritus
Office: Edisto Res. & Ed. Center
Phone: 803-284-3343 Ext. 226
Email: jchapin@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology
Research and extension involving insects of cotton, peanuts, soybeans and wheat.


Michael S. Caterino - Professor
Office: E254 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-3105
Email: mcateri@clemson.edu
Lab Website ››

Biodiversity, Systematics & Evolution
Systematics and evolution of beetles; population genetics and phylogeography; insect conservation.


Juang-Horng Chong – Associate Professor
Office: Pee-Dee Res. & Ed. Center
Phone: 843-662-3526 Ext. 224
Email: juanghc@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology & Urban Entomology
Ecology, biodiversity and management of insect pests and their natural enemies in turfgrass and ornamental plant systems.


Joseph D. Culin Professor Emeritus
Office: 101 Barre Hall
Phone: 864-656-2810
Email: jculin@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology
Population and community dynamics and arthropod biodiversity; biological control of the hemlock woolly adelgid; and biodiversity surveys in national and state parks in SC.


Jeremy K. Greene - Professor
Office: Edisto Res. & Ed. Center
Phone: 803-284-3343 Ext. 245
Email: greene4@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology
Dr. Jeremy Greene has statewide responsibilities for research and Extension programming for insect management in cotton and soybean.


W. M. Hood – Professor Emeritus
Office: ENTOX Center
Phone: 864-617-2251
Email: mhood@clemson.edu

Apiculture 
IPM involving pests of honeybees.


John C. Morse Professor Emeritus
Office: 310 Long Hall
Phone: 864-656-5049
Email: jmorse@clemson.edu

Biodiversity, Systematics & Evolution
Biology and systematics of caddisflies; stream ecology and conservation; and the use of insect communities to monitor water pollution.


Francis P. F. Reay-Jones Associate Professor
Office: Pee-Dee Res. & Ed. Center
Phone: 843-662-3526 Ext. 208
Email: freayjo@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology
Ecology and management of stink bugs. Sampling and spatial ecology. Corn insect pest management. Tobacco insect pest management.


Merle Shepard – Professor Emeritus
Office: Coastal Res. & Ed. Center
Phone: 843-402-5393
Email: mshprd@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology
IPM and microbial control of insect pests; rice breeding; insect biodiversity of the South Carolina lowcountry.


Matthew W. Turnbull Associate Professor
Office:327 Jordan Hall
Phone: 864-656-2328
Email: turnbul@clemson.edu

Insect Cell Biology & Physiology
Insect physiology, immunology, cell biology; evolution and role of gap junctions in development and cellular organization.


Alfred G. Wheeler, Jr. – Adjunct Professor
Office: 261 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-5061
Email: awhlr@clemson.edu

Biodiversity, Systematics & Evolution
Ecology of terrestrial Heteroptera, especially Miridae; insects of specialized communities; detection and distribution of adventive insects in North America.


Geoff Zehnder - Professor 
Office: 162 Poole Ag. Center|
Phone: 864-656-6644
Email: zehnder@clemson.edu

Agriculture/ Applied Ecology
Coordinator, IPM and Sustainable Agriculture Programs.


Patricia A. Zungoli Professor Emeritus
Office: 264 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-3137
Email: pzngl@clemson.edu

Urban/Medical Entomology
Ecology and management of insects in the urban environment.


RESEARCH AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Eddie Beard Research Technician
Office: Cherry Farm Insectary
Phone: 864-656-5070
Email: cbrd@clemson.edu

Research assistant, Adler Laboratory of biting fly ecology and systematics.


Rex Blanton – Lab specialist
Office: 212 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-3501
Email: rexb@clemson.edu

Research technician; building and grounds maintenance; safety and security coordination of Cherry Farm Insectary, Poole, and McAdams; departmental vehicle maintenance; equipment liaison; lab instructor.


Michael Ferro - CUAC Collection Manager
Office: 307 Long Hall
Phone: 864-656-5035
Email: mferro@clemson.edu 
Website: http://spongymesophyll.com

Overseeing operations of the Clemson University Arthropod Collection; research on systematics and evolution of a wide variety of beetles, particularly those associated with dead wood.


Tracy Reynolds - Administrative Assistant
Office: 171 Poole Ag. Center
Phone: 864-656-4964
Email: tracyr@clemson.edu

Administrative assistance to PES Department Chair; PES graduate programs assistant.


STUDENTS

Annie Borlik – M.S. Candidate
Previous degrees:
Major Advisor: Dr. JC Chong
Thesis subject/title:
Year started: Fall 2017
Email: aborlik@clemson.edu


Matthew Brown – Ph. D. Candidate
Previous degrees:
Major Advisor: Dr. Juang Chong
Thesis subject/title:
Year started: Fall, 2018
Email: msb5@g.clemson.edu


Sophia Conzemius – Ph. D. Candidate
Previous degrees: Agronomy, South Dakota State University (B.S.); Plant Science, South Dakota State University (M.S.)
Major Advisor: Dr. Francis Reay-Jones and Dr. Jeremy Greene
Thesis subject/title: Host plant resistance in wild cotton landraces to thrips pests
Year started: Fall, 2018
Email: sconzem@g.clemson.edu

I am interested in agricultural entomology, particularly host plant resistance. My previous works identified accessions within two soybean species with resistance to a virulent soybean aphid biotype. Currently, my research involves identifying wild cotton landraces with resistance to thrips.


Matthew Green – Ph.D. Candidate
Previous degrees: Biology, Appalachian State (M.S.)
Major Advisor: Drs. Cathy Jachowski and John Morse
Thesis subject/title: Use of aquatic insects to evaluate habitat quality, and characterizing the gut microbiota of aquatic shredder-detritivores
Year started: Fall, 2017
Email: mwgreen@clemson.edu

Previous projects have focused on (1) how tailwater rivers influence the development, voltinism, and biodiversity of aquatic insects with special emphasis on Ephemerella invaria (sulphur mayfly) and (2) how the invasive algae, Didymosphenia geminata (rock snot), effects the diversity and abundance of aquatic invertebrates. Both of these projects were conducted in the South Holston River Tailwater, Bristol, Tennessee.

When not conducting research, Matt is an avid fly fisherman having concentrated his fishing efforts in the Great Appalachian Valley (from Pennsylvania to Tennessee) to pursue selective trout. He is a published author and has been featured in many fly-fishing and outdoor publications including Wildlife in North Carolina, Southern Trout Magazine, The Virginia Sportsman, and Fly fisherman. He has presented at numerous Trout Unlimited and fishing club meetings across the Southeast and Northeast United States in addition to The Fly Fishing Show, International Fly Tying Symposium, and the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo.


Daniel Greene – Ph.D. Candidate
Previous degrees: Wildlife & Fisheries Biology, Lincoln Memorial University (B.S.); Biology, University of North Carolina Greensboro (M.S.)
Major Advisors: Dr. Jeremy Greene and Dr. Francis Reay-Jones
Thesis subject/title: Sustainable agriculture-based arthropod management in soybean
Year started: Fall, 2015
Email: adg2@clemson.edu

My research involves the implementation of innovative tools and techniques to assess and manage arthropod pest pressures in soybean. Spatiotemporal dynamics of trophic interactions of arthropods in an agricultural setting is a topic that I am broadly interested in. Away from school I enjoy watching and playing soccer as well as escaping to mountain trails.


Roy Kucuk – M.S. Candidate
Previous degrees: Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Birmingham (B.S.)
Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Caterino
Thesis subject/title: Gut microbiota of the scarab beetle Cotinis nitida
Year started: Spring, 2018
Email: rkucuk@g.clemson.edu

I am interested in the relationships between insects and microbes, as well as their role in the broader context of host-symbiont biodiversity and evolution. My Master’s research is focused on testing for the presence of a core bacterial community in the digestive tract of a common species of scarab beetle, and determining whether diversity of bacterial communities varies across the “regions” of the digestive system. The ultimate goal of this work is the future elucidation of the functional role of microbes in host digestion, nutrient provisioning, development, and immune function.


Danielle Lewis – M.S. Candidate
Previous degrees:
Major Advisor: Dr. Carmen Blubaugh
Thesis subject/title:
Year started: Spring, 2018
Email: dglewis@g.clemson.edu


Dawn Sikora – Ph.D. Candidate
Previous degrees:
Major Advisor: Dr. Juang Chong
Thesis subject/title:
Year started: Fall, 2018
Email: dsikora@g.clemson.edu


Cory Tanner – Ph.D. Candidate 
Previous degrees: Horticulture, Clemson University (B.S.); Plant and Environmental Science, Clemson University (M.S.)
Major Advisor: Dr. J.C. Chong
Thesis subject/title: Determining the life histories and phenologies of various armored scale insect pests to develop and validate degree-day predictive models for scale management in Southeastern nurseries and landscapes.
Year started: Fall 2016
Email: shannt@clemson.edu
Webpage:  http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/faculty_staff/profiles/shannt


Laura Vásquez-Vélez – Ph.D. Candidate 
Previous degrees: Biology, Universidad del Valle, Colombia (B.S.); Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (M.S.)
Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Caterino
Thesis subject/title: Taxonomy of Pselaphine Staphylinidae
Year started: Fall, 2015
Email: lvasque@g.clemson.edu 
Webpage:  https://sites.google.com/site/caterinolab/people/lvasque

I am interested on the evolution, phylogenetics, taxonomy, systematics, biodiversity, natural history and ecology of Staphylinidae beetles, especially ant-loving beetles (Pselaphinae). For my dissertation I am looking at the evolution of secondary sexual characters in a phylogenetic context for the genus Batrisodes Reitter, in North America, north of Mexico.


Recent Graduates:

Dr. Francesca Stubbins (Ph.D. 2016)

Dr. Hamilton Allen (Ph.D. 2017)

Peng Zhang (M.S. 2018)

Coleson Wrege (M.S. 2018)

Dr. Sofia Munoz (Ph.D. 2018)

Madeline Genco (M.S. 2018)

Charlotte Aldebron (M.S. 2019)

Dr. Thomas Bilbo (Ph.D. 2019)

David Bowers (M.S. 2018)

Dr. Anthony Deczynski (Ph.D. 2019)

Cody Kerns (M.S. 2018)

Dr. Suellen Pometto (Ph.D. 2019)