2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner announced

Dr. Chris Carlton 2012 Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Chris Carlton, Louisiana State University, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Department of Entomology.

Dr. Carlton is currently Holton Professor of Agriculture, Department of Entomology and Director, Louisiana State University Arthropod Museum.

Dr. Carlton earned a BS degree from Hendrix College in 1977, and both a MS (1982) and PhD (1989) from the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas.

Career highlights include:

  • 87 refereed journal articles, three book chapters and 58 conference presentations.
  • Research support of over $2,000,000, including 5 awards from the National Science Foundation.
  • Chris has presided over expansion of the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum into a research collection of over a million specimens, with globally significant holdings of Coleoptera.
  • He has described, or co-described with colleagues, 110 new beetle species.
  • In a ten-year study of beetles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chris described 50 new species.
  • In Bolivia, he described a new tribe, genus and species of sap beetle.
  • Chris has the first descriptions of true troglobitic beetles from Arkansas caves.
  • He has described the smallest beetle larva known thus far.
  • Twelve newly described insect species bear the honorary specific epithet carltoni based on specimens collected during fieldwork in nine countries.

Dr. Carlton will be visiting the Department of Entomology during the fall 2012 semester to accept his award. He will present a seminar on October 19, 2012. In addition, there will be a reception from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the University House, where he will be presented with a plaque commemorating his award