James M. Carpenter

Peter J. Solomon Family Curator, Hymenoptera

Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

IZ Division Chair Jim Carpenter


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

Research Interests

Recent publications range in subject matter from taxonomy to ethology, as I continue research focus on the systematics of the wasp family Vespidae worldwide, to which most of the published work relates.  Geographical focus has been notably on the Oriental, and adjoining parts of the Palearctic Region.  Publications dealing with Vietnam are part of a 20-year collaboration with scientists in Hanoi.  The India publications are from a collaboration begun about six years ago, which now encompasses two research groups, in Kozhikode and Bengaluru.  The publications concerning China and Pakistan represent the first fruits of collaborations begun more than two years ago.  I also continue to publish on Vespidae of the Neotropics, especially in Brazil (with coauthors who I began collaborating with more than 20 years ago) and in French Guiana (with coauthors who I first published with 20 years ago).

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


Division of Invertebrate Zoology

Richard Gilder Graduate School

Wasp Nest Database


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