Staff Profiles

James M. Carpenter

Division Chair, Peter J. Solomon Family Curator, non-Apoidea Hymenoptera
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

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  • Education

      • Cornell University, P.h.D., 1983
      • Michigan State University, B.S., 1977
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      A highlight of Dr. Carpenter's recent work is the project “Taxonomy, Phylogenetics, Behavior and Proteomics of the Social Wasp Superorganisms (Hymenoptera: Vespidae; Vespinae),” which is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Wasps of the subfamily Vespinae include the commonly known yellowjackets and hornets, and they exhibit societies that are the most sophisticated among social wasps. This project is a comprehensive phylogenetic analysis at the species level within the Vespinae, which combines morphological and molecular data along with cladistic treatment of variation in proteomic natural history. The aim is not only an hypothesis of the phylogenetic relationships among the species, but taxonomic revision, interpretation of the evolutionary history of social parasitism, and the socially-driven physiological division of labor within the subfamily.

      Please contact Dr. Carpenter if you are interested in borrowing non-apoid Hymenoptera or visiting this part of the collection.

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience