Congratulations to:

  • Anne Madden for her recently accepted paper "Actinomycetes with Antimicrobial Activity Isolated from Paper Wasp Nests" (see publications)
  • Kelsey Graham for being awarded an Animal Behavior Society grant to study Anthidium bees
  • Julia Pilowsky for receiving an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship

Media Coverage

A partial list of popular press articles that have featured Starks Lab research projects:


  • Discover Canada. Male-stuffing. Staff (1997).
  • BBC Science. Male-stuffing. Luck-Baker, A. (1997).


  • Pulse on the Planet. Wasp behavior. Staff (1999).
  • BBC. Male-stuffing. Luck-Baker, A. (1997).
  • NPR. Male-stuffing. Staff (1997).


  • Scientific American. Disease for Darwinism. Wenner, M (2008)
  • New Scientist. Huntington's mutation could make people healthier; Huntington's disease is increasing within the general population - could a controversial new theory explain why? Spinney, L (2007)
  • New Scientist. Bees turn up the heat on invaders. Staff (2000)
  • Science News. The whole beehive gets a fever. Milius, S. (2000).
  • Natural History. Honey bee thermoregulation. Bischof, B. (2000).
  • New Scientist. On Standby. Staff (1999)
  • Science News. Unemployed bees get job taking heat. Milius, S. (1999).
  • Nature Australia. Stuffed Wasps. Hickey, G. (1998).
  • New Scientist. In Brief: Waspish Behaviour. Beard, J. (1998).
  • Science News. Not all pirate wasps have a tragic past. Milius, S. (1998).
  • Bioscience. “Stuffed” males save food. Staff (1998).
  • New Scientist. In Brief: The sting. Staff (1997).


  • Ithaca Journal. CU's Starks explores wasp habits. Staff (1998).
  • Ithaca Times. 15 minutes with Phil Starks. Berkowitz, K. (1997).
  • New York Times (Science Times). The sting of bias. Brody, J. (1997).
  • Washington Post. Entomology: forcing foraging wasps to fast. Stein, R. (1997).
  • Reuters. Female wasps tell males to get stuffed. Staff (1997).
  • London Times. How wily female wasp makes males spend time in cells. Hawkes, N. (1997).
  • UPI. Female wasps like their males lean and mean. Bovsun, M. (1997).


  • Talking Science Discovering a New Fungus (Dec 2011)
  • Reuters. AIDS Virus and Sexual Desire. Staff (2000).
  • UniSci. Some wasps take evolutionary risks out of sheer laziness. Staff (1998).
  • Cornell Science News. Some paper wasp queens sit and wait to hijack or adopt another queen's nest, Cornell researcher discovers. Friedlander, B. (1998)
  • Cornell Science News. Cornell researchers observe a new type of behavior among wasps: 'male-stuffing'. Friedlander, B. (1997)
  • Science Now. No respect for male wasps. Staff (1997).

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