DR. THOMAS H. WILSON
"Judson's location in the most ecologically diverse region of Alabama was very important in my decision to teach here and to live in Marion. Our students are deeply concerned with learning about natural history. They participate in efforts to restore, protect and preserve areas such as Perry Lakes Park. We are always excited about the next trip to the Cahaba River or to the Golden Club Swamp. I truly enjoy and cherish my days at Judson and my life in Perry County." - Thomas Wilson
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Freshman biology, botany, parasitology, comparative anatomy, general ecology, neo-tropical ecology, ornithology and biomedical ethics
* In 1989, Dr. Thomas H. Wilson was a recipient of the W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award for Achievements in Forestry, Wildlife and Related Resources - the highest environmental award given by the State of Alabama.*
Originally from Camden, Ark., Dr. Wilson has taught biology at Judson College since 1972. He was a captain in the Medical Service Corp. After his service, Dr. Wilson received two job offers - one from North Carolina State University, the other from Judson College. Wishing to remain in the South, he took the job at Judson and now says there is no other place he would rather be.
Married to Doris Wilson, also of Arkansas, Dr. Wilson has one son, Chadwick, one daughter, Caroline, and three grandchildren. Dr. Wilson, along with his wife, lived in India for a year doing nature research. Since that time, he has been "around the world twice."
His research interest on a group of small insects, named thrips, resulted in numerous publications and a reference book entitled, A Monographic Review of the Panchaetothripinae, published by the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Wilson has four genera and six species of thrips named for science. Dr. Wilson also has a long history of natural resource preservation activities. He regularly leads Judson students in community service outreach projects, particularly his Earth Team and their work at Perry Lakes Park. Dr. Wilson, along with biology students, is currently lobbying to stop the Fisheries Section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from logging mature trees in the Marion Hatchery Woods near Perry Lakes Park, an area widely used by students for science research purposes. For more information on this subject, visit www.perrylakes.org.
Dr. Wilson created and maintains five websites to promote his preservation interests. He is also responsible for the creation of the Judson College Chapter of the Cahaba River Society and he established the Judson Kappa Sigma Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. He is an active grant writer and he, along with Judson students, was instrumental in the construction of a primitive canoe launch on the Cahaba River and building a wooden bridge at Perry Lakes Park. In 2009, Dr. Wilson conducted studies in tropical ecology in Costa Rica and in Cuba.
For further information on Dr. Wilson's recent projects with his biology students, visit www.wilsonbiology.info.
INVOLVEMENTS / AWARDS
Past Vice President for Conservation of the Alabama Environment Council
* Received the 2009 "Outstanding Conservationist of the Year" award form the Cahaba River Society