Profile: James Carpenter

A highlight of Dr. James Carpenter's recent work is a study of the entire Hymenoptera order - one of the largest groups of insects, including wasps, bees and ants - more than 115,000 described species, perhaps as much as 10% of the species diversity of the planet. The work is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. With three other colleagues, Dr. Carpenter has assembled an international network of more than 40 researchers to analyze both morphological and molecular data, with the aim of a well-supported phylogenetic tree at the taxonomic level of family. In a related video, Dr. Carpenter leads a tour of the Museum's Hymenoptera non-Apoidea collection.