Professor Bethia King

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Professor Bethia King
Departmental Honors Advisor

Educational Background

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

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

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"


View my Publications - Including abstracts and links to full text articles.

Other Areas of Interest

Evolution versus Creation Science/Intelligent Design:
Summary; Exercises
Human Gender Issues in Science
Jewel wasp (Nasonia vitripennis) in teaching


Research Credits; Departmental Honors in Biology

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

To see our lab’s research topics, view abstracts

Post graduate pursuits of students who did research in my laboratory:

Former PhD students:

  • Director of Office of Undergraduate Research at University of North Carolina at Greensboro; after being Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research at Xavier University in Lousiana; after being a professor at Coastal Carolina University
  • Instructional Program Assistant (IPA) for Student Inquiry and Research (SIR), after being an adjunct instructor at Aurora University and College of DuPage

Former Master’s degree students:

  • PhD program at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Minnesota
  • Biology faculty at Community College in Michigan
  • Technical and instructional support staff in the Department of Biological Sciences at the
    State University of NY-Buffalo, after being a Biological technician with US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Research associate at a bioscience corporation in Illinois
  • Veterinarian for Abbott Animal Health; after being a Veterinarian at a small animal practice in Illinois; after Veterinary School, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Managing attorney in private practice; after obtaining a law degree from University of Baltimore; after being an Outreach Specialist at Maryland Science Center
  • Associate Director of Program at Freshwater Future, Catto Fellow for Environmental Leadership at The Aspen Institute; after being Network Coordinator and Advisor at Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions; after being Senior Director, Great Lakes Conservation at John G. Shedd Aquarium; after being volunteer coordinator at  Shedd Aquarium; after being Exhibit Programs Coordinator at Chicago Academy of Sciences
  • High school teachers in Illinois
  • Population biologist at Lincoln Park zoo in Illinois; formerly at the Avian Propagation Center at San Diego Zoo
  • Primate Center at University of Wisconsin

Former undergraduates:

  • Veterinary Program at University of Minnesota
  • Zoo internship In Illinois
  • Internship at Chimps Inc, a wildlife sanctuary
  • Researcher with Monsanto
  • PhD student at University of Kansas
  • PhD student at NY City College; MS, Purdue University
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in Illinois; after obtaining D.O. at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, IL
  • community college instructor; after MS  from NIU
  • MS  student Michigan State University; after internship at a Michigan zoo, Brookfield zoo
  • Master’s degree from State University of New York at Stonybrook; after Environmental Science and Conservation research at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • High School Teacher , Elementary Teacher in Illinois
  • Brookfield zoo internship; formerly horticulturist at the Peggy Notebaret Nature Museum
  • mouse colony manager at Northwestern University
  • MS at Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, GA
  • Science laboratory test company in Illinois
  • Biology Instructor at Highland Community College; after obtaining MS at WIU
  • Americorps
  • Veterinary Technician in Illinois
  • Veterinary Program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • owner of an optometry practice, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, after obtaining a doctorate in optometry
  • Doctor in Division of Infectious Disease at Washington University/ Barnes Jewish Hospital, after obtaining an MS and a MD-PhD at the University of Illinois 

Many have also used their biology training in their role as parents of budding scientists.