School of Ants Essay Winner

Story and illustrations by Carly Tribull

Carly is a second year graduate student working towards her PhD at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. She studies Hymenoptera (the order containing ants, bees, and wasps) with a specific focus on parasitic wasps. While she agrees that parasitic wasps do terrible things, like creating zombie-slave cockroaches, she would concede that there is something really cool about that process. She likes to draw and is interested in how comics and graphic novels can be incorporated into scientific outreach and education. See more of her work at