Announcing the Winning Submission for the School of Ants Essay Contest!

Carly Tribull

Thank you to everyone who submitted an essay - we received a huge number of writing samples and the panel of judges agreed that you all are an impressive bunch of writers, artists, dreamers, ant enthusiasts, and of course scientists!

The winning entry was submitted by Carly Tribull, 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. Her website is

Enjoy Carly's graphic novella, and keep an eye out for other submissions that received an honorable mention - we'll be posting them soon.

Thanks to everyone who participated!!

~the School of Ants Team