Bethia H. King, Ph.D.

Bethia King


Bethia H. King, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
Montgomery Hall 446

Professor and Honors Advisor

Research interests include behavioral ecology and entomology. Specifically, parasitoid wasps that lay their eggs in the pupal stage of pest flies. The wasps are 2-3 mm long and do not sting.

  • Mating systems and behavior
  • Maternal manipulation of offspring sex
  • Thanatosis ("playing dead")
  • Activity levels
  • Learning
  • Biological control


  • Ph.D., Purdue University (1987)
  • B.A.,West Virginia University (1982)

Academic Honors

  • Magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • NSF Graduate Student Fellowship
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