Ansel Payne

(212) 769-5085


Harvard University, BA 2004

Tufts University, MS 2011

Research Interests

Ansel's research focuses on the the behavioral evolution of apoid wasps and bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea), with a special interest in nesting behaviors and nest architectures. Through a combination of field collections, experimental ethology, and molecular/morphological phylogenetic analyses, he's working to reconstruct key events in this important group’s behavioral history.


Payne A. (submitted). Resolving the relationships of apid bees (Hymenoptera: Anthophila: Apidae) through a direct optimization sensitivity analysis of morphological, molecular, and behavioral characters. Cladistics

Brown R, Payne A, Graham KK, Starks PT. (in revision) Prey capture and caste-specific payload capacities in the European paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Insectes Sociaux

Rosenfeld JA, Payne A, DeSalle R. 2012. Random rooting and lineage sorting. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 64: 12-20

Payne A, Schildroth DA, Starks PT. 2010. Nest site selection in the European wool-carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, with methods for an emerging model species. Apidologie 42: 181-191

Payne A, Starks PT. 2010. Recognition systems in the social insects. In: Breed M, Moore J (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, vol. 3. p. 20-26. Oxford: Academic Press

Payne A, Liebert AT, Starks PT. 2010. Kin recognition and genetics. In: Breed M, Moore J (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, vol. 2. p. 237-246. Oxford: Academic Press

Payne A, Barden P, Wheeler WC, Carpenter JM. (in prep). Direct optimization and the evolution of the hymenopteran superfamilies. Cladistics