Carlyle Brewster honored with emeritus status
May 6, 2019
Carlyle Brewster, professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1999, Brewster made significant contributions to entomology through his scholarship in quantitative ecology focusing on approaches for the management of arthropod pests in natural, urban, and agricultural ecosystems. He was principal or co-principal investigator on several research grants totaling more than $2.5 million that covered a wide spectrum of entomological research.
Demand for his expertise within a variety of agricultural fields resulted in many collaborations across a broad range of commodity profiles and disciplines.
Brewster served as graduate program director for the Department of Entomology for more than a decade, providing consistent academic and personal support to many successful graduates.
In the classroom, Brewster taught students the design and analysis of experiments, research information systems, insect behavior, and ecology and information technology. He was the major advisor to 13 master's degree and doctoral degree students, helping them to find successful careers in both academia and industry.
Brewster was active in the Entomological Society of America through service on numerous committees at the branch and national levels, including service as subject editor for Environmental Entomology. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.
Brewster received his bachelor's degree from the University of West Indies and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Florida.