Carl Jones, UT Entomology Department Head, Dies at 63

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Carl Jones, a professor and department head at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture who spent his career researching livestock insects, Lyme disease and mosquito control, died suddenly last week at Blount Memorial Hospital of an unknown health condition. He was 63.

Dr. Jones, who left the University of Illinois 12 years ago to take over the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at UT, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Bayer Animal Health and the international association of the Livestock Insect Workers.

The award recognized his contributions to animal health and the field of medical and veterinary entomology, which is the study of insects, at the national level. He was also a consultant for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a leader in UT's contribution to controlling the hemlock woolly adelgid, a tiny insect from Asia threatening trees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Park and other forests.

After arriving at UT in 2000, Dr. Jones helped lead the department from a time of robust state spending to reliance primarily on grant funding, said Reid Gerhardt, a retired UT professor in the same field who worked closely with Dr. …

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