Entomology department names distinguished alumnusOct. 24, 2012
Dr. Robert Wiedenmann, Department Head, Entomology
Fred Miller, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Communications
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Department of Entomology presented its Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2012 to Chris Carlton, the John Benjamin Holton Alumni Association Professor of Agriculture at Louisiana State University. He is also director of the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum.
The award was presented at a reception Oct. 19 at the University of Arkansas.
Carlton received his master’s degree in 1983 and doctoral degree in1989, both from the University of Arkansas. He has been in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University since 1995. At LSU, Dr. Carlton has been recognized for outstanding teaching and his National Science Foundation-funded research.
Carlton is a specialist on biodiversity and systematics of beetles and has directed the survey and identification of all the beetles found in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as part of the All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory. He has taught a beetle taxonomy course in Costa Rica for the Organization for Tropical Studies, and contributed to a conservation biology course in the Galapagos Islands.
Carlton is world-renowned for his avid collecting of often-overlooked taxonomic groups of beetles, and for advancing the understanding of biodiversity and its importance to science and society. In addition to the reception, the Entomology Department hosted Carlton for a presentation, “Celebrating Ten Years of Coleoptera Taxonomy and Ecology Research in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”