Bethia H. King, Ph.D.
Professor and Honors Advisor

Research Interests

My research interests include behavioral ecology and entomology. Specifically 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


Research Credits; Departmental Honors in Biology

Course and 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"


Bethia King

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


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

Academic Honors

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