As a professor of entomology at Clemson University, Joe Culin literally notices the little things in life, be it in person or on the big screen. Case in point: How Hollywood portrays insects in films, be it past or present, animation or live-action.
A renowned entomologist who has spent much of his career using advanced DNA techniques to document the diversity and inform the conservation of beetles will become Clemson’s first John C. and Suzanne E. Morse Endowed Chair in Arthropod Biodiversity.
From pest control to regulatory officials and agencies, Benson studies insects in common settings and locations. Even though people can get nervous at the sight of an insect, Benson wants people to know that many insects are actually beneficial.