Joseph Culin

CAFLS Administration Office, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, Experiment Station

Office: 168 Poole Agricultural Center
Phone: 864-650-0154
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 Educational Background

PhD Entomology
University of Kentucky 1981

MS Entomology & Applied Ecology
University of Delaware 1977

BA Biology
Eastern College 1975

 Courses Taught

ENT2010 (Selected Topics in Entomology) 1cr with topic varying each semester. For Spring 2018, this is My Favorite "Bug" Movies.


After serving as Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies since 2009, I have returned to the faculty for my final semester at Clemson. I will be teaching my course, ENT2010, and working on finalizing some research publications prior to my retirement at the end of June 2018.

 Research Interests

My research interests center on population and community dynamics of arthropods and arthropod biodiversity. Recent research has included (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.


Culin, J. & M. Finney. 2015. Incorporating citizen science into monitoring hemlock following predator releases for Adelges tsugae management. Journal of Entomological Science 50(4): 335-349.

Vickers, M. & J. Culin. 2014. Spider (O: Araneae) Responses to Fire and Fire Surrogate Fuel Reduction in a Piedmont Forest in Upstate South Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist 13(2): 396-406.

Culin, J. & 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, M.S., J.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.

Faulkenberry, M., R. Hedden & J. Culin. 2009. Hemlock susceptibility to hemlock woolly adelgid attack in the Chattooga River Watershed. Southeastern Naturalist 8(1):129-140.