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Professor Bethia H. King

Honors adviser

Research Interests

My research is with 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

Other Areas of Interest

Evolution versus Creation Science/Intelligent Design:

Human Gender Issues in Science
Jewel wasp (Nasonia vitripennis) in teaching


Research Credits; Departmental Honors in Biology

Course / Lab Information

  • BIOS109 Human Biology
  • BIOS205 Organismal Diversity 
  • BIOS 209 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology
  • BIOS433  Behavioral Ecology 
  • BIOS453 Entomology
  • BIOS661B  Graduate Seminar
  • BIOS370 and BIOS495H - Undergraduate Research, Biology Honors
  • "How to get into Graduate School in Organismal Biology"



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

Academic Honors: Magna cum laude; Phi Betta Kappa; NSF Graduate Student Fellowship

Research Interests: behavioral ecology, entomology


Dr. Bethia H. King
phone: (815) 753-8460
Montgomery Hall 446
Department of Biological Sciences
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL  60115   USA