Cuthill, I.C., W.L. Allen, K. Arbuckle, B. Caspers, G. Chaplin…. et al… E. Tibbetts, Caro. 2017. The biology of color. Science 357:

Tibbetts, E.A., S.M. Mullen, J. Dale, 2017 Signal function drives phenotypic and genetic diversity: the effects of signalling individual identity, quality, or behavioral strategy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 372: 20160347

Wright, C. EA Tibbetts, A. Izzo,  J. Pruett, 2017. Queen personality type predicts nest guarding, colony size, and the subsequent collective aggressiveness of the colony. Animal Behavior 124:7-13

Tibbetts, E.A., KC Crocker, ZY Huang, 2016. Socially selected ornaments influence hormone titers of signalers and receivers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 8478-8483

de Souza, AR, J. Lino-Neto, EA Tibbetts, S. Turillazzi, L. Beani , 2016. The leks of  Polistes dominula paper wasps: tiny abdominal spots play a critical role in male attacks toward potential rivals. Ethology, Ecology, and Evolution 1-10

Berens, A.J, EA Tibbetts, AL Toth, 2016,   Candidate genes for individual recognition in Polistes fuscatus paper wasps Journal of Comparative Physiology A  202: 115-29

Tibbetts, E.A., T. Forrest*, C. Vernier*, J. Jinn*, A Madagame*,  2015, Socially selected ornaments and fitness: Signals of fighting ability in paper wasps are positively associated with survival, reproductive success, and rank, Evolution 69: 2917–2926

Sheehan, M.J., C.A. Botero, T.A. Hendry, B.E. Sedio, J.M. Jandt, S. Weiner, A.L. Toth, E.A. Tibbetts. 2015. Different axes of environmental variation explain the presence vs. extent of cooperative nest founding associations in Polistes paper wasps. Ecology Letters 18: 1057-1067

Izzo, A. & E.A. Tibbetts. 2015. Heightened condition-dependence of a sexually selected signal in male Polistes dominulus paper wasps. Ethology 121:586-592

Injaian, A. & E.A. Tibbetts. 2015 Advertised quality and resource value affect aggression and social vigilance in paper wasp contests. Animal Behaviour 102:259-266

Sheehan, M.J., D. Sholler*, & E.A. Tibbetts 2014. Specialized visual learning of face signals of quality in the paper wasp, Polistes dominula. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113: 992-997.

Sheehan, M.J., J. Jinn*, & E.A. Tibbetts. 2014. Coevolution of visual signals and eye morphology in Polistes paper wasps. Biology Letters 10: 20140254.

Tibbetts, E.A. 2014. The evolution of honest communication: Integrating social and physiological costs of ornamentation. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 54: 578-590.

Tibbetts, E.A. & K. Crocker. 2014. The challenge hypothesis across taxa: Social modulation of hormone titers in vertebrates and insects. Animal Behavior 92:281-290.

Sheehan, M.J. , M. Straub, E.A. Tibbetts. 2014. Ethology. How does individual recognition evolve? Comparing responses to identity information in Polistes species with and without individual recognition. Ethology: 169-179.

Jandt, J.M., E.A. Tibbetts & A.L. Toth. 2014 Polistes paper wasps:a model genus for the study of social dominance hierarchies Insectes Sociaux 61:11-27.

Tibbetts, E.A. & A. Injaian. 2013. Preferential phenotypic association linked with cooperation in paper wasps Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:2350-2358

Tibbetts, E.A. & A.G. Dyer. 2013. Scientific American. Good with faces. Dec 68-73.

Tibbetts, E.A. 2013 The function, development, and evolutionary stability of
conventional signals of fighting ability. Advances in the Study of Behavior 45: 49-80.

Tibbetts, E.A., C. Vernier & J. Jinn 2013. Juvenile hormone influences pre-contestassessment behaviour in Polistes dominulus paper wasps. Animal Behaviour 85: 1177-1181.

Tibbetts, E. A. & M.J. Sheehan. 2013. Individual recognition and the evolution oflearning and memory in Polistes paper wasps. In Handbook of InvertebrateLearning and Memory 22: 561-571

Tibbetts, E.A., A. Mettler & K. Donaijowski* 2013. Nutrition-dependent fertility response to juvenile hormone in non-social Euodynerus foraminatus wasps and the evolutionary origin of sociality. Journal of Insect Physiology 59: 339-344

Tibbetts, E.A. 2012. Q&A. Current Biology 22: R289–R290

Tibbetts, E.A. & M.J. Sheehan, 2012. The effect of juvenile hormone on Polistes wasp fertility varies with cooperative behavior. Hormones and Behavior 61: 559-564

Izzo, A. & E. A. Tibbetts. (2012) Spotting the top male: sexually selected signals in male Polistes dominulus  wasps. Animal Behaviour 83: 839–845

Tibbetts, E.A. & Sheehan, M.J. (2012) The effect of juvenile hormone on Polistes wasp fertility varies with cooperative behavior. Hormones and Behavior  61: 559-564

Sheehan, M.J. & Tibbetts, E.A. (2011). Specialized face learning is associated with individual recognition in paper wasps. Science. 334: 1272-1275.

Tibbetts, E.A. & Sheehan, M.J. (2011). Facial patterns are a conventional signal of agonistic ability in Polistes exclamans paper wasps. Ethology. 117: 1138-1146.

Sheehan, M.J & Tibbetts, E.A. (2011). Condition-dependence and the origins of elevated fluctuating asymmetry in quality signals. Behavioral Ecology. 22:1166-1172.

Tibbetts, E.A., S. Levy & K. Donajkowski. (2011). Reproductive plasticity in Polistes paper wasp workers and the evolutionary origins of sociality. Journal of Insect Physiology. 57: 995-999.

Tibbetts, E.A., A. Izzo & Z.Y. Huang. (2011) Behavioral and physiological factors associated with juvenile hormone in Polisteswasp foundresses. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 65: 1123-1131.

Tibbetts, E.A., A. Izzo & R. Tinghitella. (2011) Juvenile hormone titer and advertised quality are associated with timing of early spring activity in Polistes dominulus foundresses. Insectes Sociaux. 4: 473-478

Tibbetts, E.A. ,  O. Skaldina, V. Zhao, A.L. Toth, M. Skaldin, L. Beani, J. Dale. (2011) Geographic variation in the status signals of Polistes dominulus paper wasps. PlosOne 6: e28173

Tibbetts, E.A. & A. Izzo (2010) Social punishment of dishonest signalers caused by mismatch of signal and behavior. Current Biology. 20: 1637-1640.

Tibbetts, E.A. & M. Banan. (2010)  Advertised quality, caste, and food availability influence the survival cost of juvenile hormone in paper wasps. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B. Online early PDF

Tibbetts, E.A. & Z.Y. Huang. (2010) The challenge hypothesis in an insect: Juvenile hormone mediates reproductive conflict following queen loss in Polistes wasps. American Naturalist.  176: 123-130.PDF

Tibbetts, E.A. (2010) The condition dependence and heritability of signaling and nonsignal color traits in a paper wasp. American Naturalist 175: 495-503.PDF

Sheehan, M.J. and E.A Tibbetts. (2010). Selection for individual recognition and the evolution of polymorphic identity signals inPolistes paper wasps. Journal of Evolution Biology 23: 570-577.

Tibbetts, E.A., A. Mettler & S. Levy. (2010). Mutual assessment via status signals in Polistes dominulus wasps. Biology Letters, 6: 10-13. PDF

Tibbetts, E.A.  & M. Izzo.  (2009).  Endocrine mediated phenotypic plasticity: condition-dependent effects of juvenile hormone on dominance and fertility of wasp queens. Hormones and Behavior 56: 527-531.

cover_jebTibbetts, E.A. & R.J. Safran. (2009). Co-evolution of plumage characteristics and winter sociality in New and Old World Sparrows. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 2376–2386.


cover_evolSheehan, M.J. and E.A. Tibbetts. (2009). Evolution of identity signals: Frequency-dependent benefits of distinctive phenotypes used for individual recognition. Evolution 63: 3106-3113. PDF


Tibbetts, E.A. and J.R. Shorter. (2009).  How do fighting ability and nest value influence usurpation contests in Polistes wasps? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 1377-1385. PDF

Shorter, J.R. and E.A. Tibbetts. (2009).  The effect of juvenile hormone on temporal polyethism in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus.  Insectes Sociaux.56: 7-13.  PDF

Sheehan, M.J. and E.A. Tibbetts. (2008). Robust long-term social memories in a paper wasp.Current Biology, 18 (18): R851-R852. PDF Supplemental

Tibbetts, E.A. (2008). Resource value and the context-dependence of receiver behavior.  Proceedings of the Royal Society London B. PDF

cover trends in eco and evoTibbetts, E.A., M.J. Sheehan & J. Dale. (2008).  A testable definition of individual recognition. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 356. PDF



Tibbetts, E.A. and H.K. Reeve (2008). Two experimental tests of the relationship between group stability and aggressive conflict in Polistes wasps.NaturwissenschaftenPDF

Tibbetts, E.A. and R. Lindsay (2008). Visual signals of status and rival assessment in Polistes dominulus paper wasps. Biology LettersPDF

Gronenberg, W., L.A. Ash & E.A. Tibbetts (2008). Correlation between facial pattern recognition and brain composition in paper wasps. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 71: 1-14.

Tibbetts, E.A. and J. Dale (2007). Individual recognition: it is good to be different. Trends in  Ecology and Evolution, 22: 529-537. PDF

Tibbetts, E.A. (2007). Dispersal decisions and predisperal behavior in Polistespaper wasp ‘workers.’  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61: 1877-1883. PDF

Tibbetts, E.A. and T.R. Curtis. (2007). Rearing conditions influence quality signals but not individual identity signals in Polistes wasps. Behavioral Ecology, 18: 602-607. PDF

Tibbetts, E.A. (2006). Badges of status in worker and gyne Polistes dominuluswasps. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 43: 575-582. PDF

cover_natureTibbetts, E.A. and J. Dale. (2004). A socially enforced signal of quality in paper wasp. Nature, 432: 218-222. PDF 




Tibbetts, E.A. (2004). Complex social behavior can select for variable visual features: a case study in Polistes wasps. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B, 271: 1955-1960. PDF

Tibbetts, E.A. and H.K. Reeve. (2003). Benefits of foundress associations in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus: Increased productivity and survival, but no assurance of fitness returns. Behavioral Ecology, 14: 510-514. PDF

Tibbetts, E.A. (2002). Visual signals of individual identity in the paper waspPolistes fuscatusProceedings of the Roycal Society London B, 269: 1423-1428. PDF

Tibbetts, E.A. and H.K. Reeve. (2000). Aggression and resource sharing amoung foundresses in the social wasp Polistes dominulus: testing transactional theories of conflict. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 48: 344-352. PDF