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James M. Carpenter

Carpenter James 2015

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



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

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.


Current List of Publications

Teaching Experience

Faculty Assignments

Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School (2008-present)

Adjunct Professor, City College of New York (1996-present)

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University (2001-present)

Courses Taught

  • RGGS, “Insect Taxonomy,” Spring Term 2012

Graduate Advisees

  • Carly Tribull, Richard Gilder Graduate School
  • Ansel Payne, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Graduate Committees

  • Philip Barden, RGGS, from 2010
  • Fernando Gelin, University of Vermont, from 2010
  • Marcel Gustavo Hermes, Universidade Federal do Paraná, thesis committee member, 2011
  • Roberto Keller, Cornell University, PhD received 2010
  • Lien P. T. Nguyen, Ibaraki University, Japan, thesis committee member, 2007
  • Adrien Perrard, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, from 2010
  • Fuki Saito, Ibaraki University, Japan, thesis committee member, 2007

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