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Graduate Studies

For Students

Below is a list of arachnologists who are willing to sponsor students who wish to obtain an advanced degree involving research on some aspect of the biology of arachnids. Information has been assembled from data contributed by the sponsors listed below. Each entry gives:

The primary purpose of this directory is to provide a service to the academic community as part of a continuing effort of the AAS to promote and develop the field of Arachnology. The American Arachnological Society makes neither recommendations nor endorsements of persons or organizations listed.

You can view sponsors alphabetically or by area of research:

For Faculty

If you would like to add your name to the list of faculty interested in supervising graduate students or update your information, send an email to Jan Weaver with your

  1. name
  2. department
  3. institution that will award the degree
  4. advanced degrees offered
  5. institution mailing address
  6. telephone and fax numbers
  7. email address
  8. website address (if available)
  9. a statement of your research interests and information about the graduate research program

Graduate Sponsors

Please contact Jan Weaver at weaverjc@missouri.edu if you would like to add or update your information.

 


List of Graduate Studies Sponsors - Alphabetical Order

D. Gaffin
R. Gillespie
J.D. Harwood
E. Hebets
M. Hedin

G. Hormiga

R. Jackson
E. Jakob
D. Killebrew
M. Kuntner
C. Kloock
Y. Lubin


List of Graduate Studies Sponsors - Systematics

V. Fet
R. Gillespie
M. Hedin
G. Hormiga
M. Kuntner


List of Graduate Studies Sponsors - Physiology

 

List of Graduate Studies Sponsors - Ecology

I. Agnarsson
T. Blackledge
R. Bradley

A. Cady
P. Cushing
A. Danielson-Francois
G. Dodson
M. Draney

M. Foellmer
D. Formanowicz
R. Gillespie

A. Rypstra
P. Selden

C. Shillington
W.D. Sissom
J. Spence
G. Uetz
F. Vollrath
S. Walker
H. Tahir

D. Wise

 

List of Graduate Studies Sponsors - Behavior

E. Hebets
R. Jackson
 
E. Jakob 
C. Kloock 
M. Kuntner
Y. Lubin
S. Masta
M.K. Mukhtar
L. Rayor
S. Riechert

 


INGI AGNARSSON, Assistant Professor
University of Puerto Rico - UPRRP

Degrees offered: Ph.D., M. Sc.

Address: Department of Biology
University of Puerto Rico
PO Box 23360
San Juan PR 00931-3360
USA

Voice: (787) 764 0000 ext 2908 (Office) and (330) 294 8921 (Lab)

e-mail: iagnarsson@gmail.com

Professional website: http://theridiidae.com/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Focus on systematics and biogeography of spiders, evolution of sociality and inbreeding, biodiversity estimation, and phylogenetic theory. Current lab projects on spiders also include silk biomechanics, phylogeography, population genetics, ecology, behavior, conservation, morphology, and taxonomy.
Departmental teaching assistantships are available.

posted Jan. 25, 2009

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MAYDIANNE C.B. ANDRADE, Assistant Professor
University of Toronto at Scarborough

Degrees offered: M.Sc., Ph.D.

Address: Division of Life Sciences
University of Toronto at Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4
Canada

Voice: (607) 287-7425 (office) and (607) 287-7124 (lab); FAX: (607) 287-7642

e-mail: mandrade@scar.utoronto.ca

Professional website: www.scar.utoronto.ca/~mandrade

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Behavioural Ecology and Evolution of mating systems in spiders and insects.
Particular interests: Sexual selection, male mating strategies, sexual cannibalism and male self-sacrifice in spiders. Current research concentrates on Latrodectus spiders, but lab members are free to choose their own projects. Research includes field and lab studies directed at answering evolutionary and functional questions.
Students interested in mechanisms of behaviour (particularly if relevant to sperm competition or courtship signalling) are also welcome to apply. Students would be members of the Department of Zoology, which is a 3-campus-wide department (U Toronto, UT Mississauga, UT Scarborough).
Teaching assistantships, some internal fellowships, and other support are available for graduate students; however, students are encouraged to apply for external fellowships wherever possible.

updated 11 - 27 - 2000

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FRIEDRICH G. BARTH, O. Univ.-Prof. Dr
Biozentrum, Institut für Zoologie, Universität Wien

Degrees offered: MSc (Diplom) and PhD (Dr.rer.nat.)

Address: Biozentrum
Institut für Zoologie
Universität Wien
Althanstraße14
A-1090 Wien
Austria

Voice: 0043/1/31336/1205; FAX: 0043/31336/778

e-mail: Friedrich.G.Barth@univie.ac.at

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Sensory systems (mechano/photo/chemo/thermo & hygro). Neuroethology. Biomechanics. Vibratory communication. Spider webs. Communication in stingless bees. Additional information on request.

updated 1 - 14 -2000

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TODD BLACKLEDGE, Assistant Professor
University of Akron

Degrees offered: Master of Science and Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biology
University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-3908
USA

Voice: (330) 972-7264; FAX: (330) 972-8445
e-mail: blackledge@uakron.edu

Website: http://gozips.uakron.edu/~tab27/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: My research focuses upon the interface of animal behavior with ecological and evolutionary processes. Web weaving spiders provide a unique opportunity to integrate behavioral research across levels of biological organization for several reasons. Unlike the relatively ephemeral foraging and defensive behaviors of most animals, spider webs are quantifiable records of spiders’ behavioral decisions that endure for the life of webs. Also, the architectures of spider webs can be easily manipulated, allowing direct investigation of the ecological consequences of the behavioral decisions made by spiders during web construction. Furthermore, the function of webs depends upon the physical properties of the silks used to construct them, which are themselves dependent upon protein structure. Therefore, behavioral and genotypic evolution can be tightly linked in this system. My laboratory is set up to support a variety of research.

I have three main lines of current research:

The Department of Biology at University of Akron emphasizes integrative research and has strong programs in both evolutionary ecology and physiological ecology. The department has grown rapidly over the last ten years to include many energetic new faculty, a new field station, and a strong research emphasis. The department offers a Master of Science as well as a PhD through a joint program with Kent State University.

updated 1 - 16 -13

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JASON E. BOND, Assistant Professor
Professor and Director, Auburn University Museum of Natural History

Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D.

Address:
Auburn University Museum of Natural History
Department of Biological Sciences
Auburn University
331 Funchess Hall
Auburn AL 36849, USA

Voice: phone:(334) 844-8713; FAX: (334) 884-9234;

e-mail:jbond@auburn.edu

Professional website:

Departmental website:

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Phylogenetic systematics and taxonomy of spiders and millipedes.

updated: 1 - 16 - 2013

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ALAN B. CADY, Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
Miami University -- Middletown & Oxford, Ohio

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Department of Biology
Miami University Middletown
4200 North University Blvd.
Middletown OH 45042 USA

Voice: (513) 727-3258

e-mail: cadyab@miamioh.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Primary interests are with spider behavioral ecology and it's relationship to promoting spider populations in an effort to increase biological pest suppression (biological control). Field-based observations and experiments have investigated spider and harvestman distributions and movements across crop-hedgerow ecotones. Another experiment looked at how removal of hedgerow structure influenced spider populations and yield in soybeans. A current project is developing the use of discrete habitat refugia for spiders in soy and corn, while another explores how harvestmen may act as agents of biological control.

updated August 15, 2014

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JONATHAN A. CODDINGTON
Research Scientist and Curator, The Smithsonian Institution
Adjunct Professor at George Washington University
Adjunct Professor the University of Maryland

Degrees offered: Ph.D.

Address:
Dept. of Entomology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution, NHB105
Washington, DC 20560-0105 USA

Voice: (202) 357-4148 or (202) 357-2078; FAX: (202) 786-2894;

e-mail: Coddington.jon@nmnh.si.edu

Professional website: http://www.gwu.edu/~clade/spiders/coddington.htm

Departmental website: http://entomology.si.edu/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Systematics and evolution of spiders, orbweavers, systematic theory and method, theory and design of biological inventories, higher phylogeny, adaptation, evolution of web-building behavior. Interested students should contact me concerning topics, but the institutions listed above about all details of application, deadline, requirements, etc.

updated 1 - 14 -2000

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Paula Cushing, Ph.D. Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Degrees offered: NA

Address: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

Phone (office): (303) 370-6442, (fax): (303) 331-6492

email: paula.cushing@dmns.org

Website: http://www.dmns.org/science/museum-scientists/paula-cushing

Research Interests: Dr. Paula Cushing is an evolutionary biologist who does research on arachnids (spiders and their relatives). Currently, she is investigating the diversity, taxonomy, and evolutionary relationships among species and families of camel spiders (order Solifugae) and among species of spiders (order Araneae). Arachnids are an understudied part of the Earth's biodiversity and a critical component of land based habitats worldwide.

Updated 1 - 16 - 13

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ANNE DANIELSON-FRANCOIS, Associate Professor
Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan - Dearborn

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Natural Sciences
University of Michigan - Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128 USA

Voice: (313) 593-4995 (office); FAX: (313) 593-4937

e-mail: danfranc@umich.edu

Professional website: http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~danfranc/
Departmental website: http://umdearborn.edu/casl/biologicalsciences/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Much of my research focuses on behavioral ecology. I am particularly interested in the evolution of sexually selected traits and sperm competition. I would consider graduate students interested in other aspects of spider behavior. I also study the impact of urbanization on arthropods in riparian ecosystems. Details on graduate application procedures and deadlines are provided at http://umdearborn.edu/casl/gradprograms/ 
Ph.D. students under my supervision will be enrolled in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus. Please contact me prior to submitting your application.

Updated 7-28-15

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GARY DODSON, Professor of Biology
Biology Department, Ball State Univ.

Degrees offered: M.S./Ed.D.

Address: Biology Department
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306 USA

Voice: (765) 285-8859; FAX: (765) 285-8804

e-mail: gdodson@bsu.edu

Professional website: http://web.bsu.edu/gdodson/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Behavioral ecology of spiders, especially mating systems, male fighting behavior of thomisids. Use of olfactory and other cues in the navigational systems of mobile spiders. Also occurrence and significance of nectar feeding in spiders. Teaching assistantships are available to qualified candidates.

updated 8 - 6 - 2010

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MICHAEL L. DRANEY, Professor of Biology
Department of Natural & Applied Sciences
University of Wisconsin at Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311 USA

Degrees offered: M.S.

Address: Department of Natural & Applied Sciences
University of Wisconsin at Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311 USA

Voice: (920) 465-2270; FAX: (920) 465-2376

e-mail:draneym@uwgb.edu

Natural and Applied Sciences Faculty Website: http://www.uwgb.edu/nas/faculty.htm
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Website: http://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/

Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Program:http://www.uwgb.edu/esp/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: I have a general interest in conservation applications of terrestrial invertebrates. Student projects have included developing and evaluating sampling protocols, using invertebrates as indicators of ecological change with disturbance or management, and invasive invertebrates. I am specifically interested in ecology and taxonomy of spiders, especially family Linyphiidae, and in faunistics of North and Central America. UW-Green Bay offers an M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Policy. Out-of-state tuition waivers and assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

added 5 - 25 -2004

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VICTOR FET, Associate Professor
Marshall University

Degrees offered: M.S.

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
Marshall University
400 Hal Greer Blvd
Huntington, WV 25755-2510 USA

Office: (304) 696-3116; Home:(304) 697-0600; FAX: (304) 696-3243

e-mail: fet@marshall.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Molecular systematics (mitochondrial DNA) of scorpions.

added 4 - 25 -2001

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MATTHIAS FOELLMER, Assistant Professor
Marshall University

Degrees offered: M.Sc.

Address: Adelphi University
Department of Biology
1 South Ave.
Garden City, New York 11540 USA

Office: (516) 877-4206

E-mail: Foellmer@adelphi.edu

Professional website: http://panther.adelphi.edu/~fo17044/MWFoellmer%20main.html

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Research in my lab integrates questions and methods of ecology and evolutionary biology. In particular, I am interested in how ecological factors and mechanisms interact with the reproductive roles of females and males to generate evolutionary processes and thus lead to the evolution of sex-specific organismal characteristics (for example reproductive strategies, morphology, life history, physiology). This includes applied problems such as understanding how the sexes may respond differently to, for example, climate change and pollution.

Current lines of investigation in my lab include the evolutionary significance of sexual dimorphism (particularly extreme sexual size dimorphism), mating systems (particularly monogyny) and sexual cannibalism. A new project that we are developing investigates changes in community structure in response to varying levels of human disturbances in coastal ecosystems.

Masters students have a good chance of getting a TA position in the biology department which pays full tuition and provides a small stipend. Additional support may also be available.

added 3 - 23 -2010

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DAN FORMANOWICZ, Professor and Graduate Advisor
The University of Texas at Arlington

Degrees offered: M.S.; Ph.D.

Address: Dept. of Biology
Box 19498
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019 USA

Office: (817) 272-2422; FAX: (817) 272-2855

e-mail: formanowicz@uta.edu

Professional website: www.uta.edu/biology/faculty/formanowicz/index.html

Departmental website: www.uta.edu/biology

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Behavioral ecology of scorpions and spiders including; predator-prey interactions (foraging behavior, defensive behavior); temporal and geographic life history variation; costs of reproduction; costs and benefits of burrowing. There are currently 5 Ph.D. and 5 M.S. students in the lab. working on a variety of questions within the general areas listed above. The research in our laboratory also focuses on reptile and amphibian systems. Information about the graduate programs at UTA can be found on the department website and the UTA departmental graduate program website.

Recent Publications:

Shaffer, L.R. & D.R. Formanowicz, Jr. 2000. Sprint speeds of juvenile scorpions: among family differences and parent-offspring correlations. J. Insect Behavior 13:45-54.

Amaya, C.C., P.D. Klawinski, & D.R. Formanowicz, Jr. The effects of leg autotomy on running speed and foraging ability in two species of wolf spider. Am. Midl. Nat., in press.

updated 6 - 26 -2000

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DOUGLAS D. GAFFIN, David Ross Boyd Professor, Biology
University of Oklahoma

Degrees Offered: M.S., Ph. D.

Address: Richards Hall, room 413
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019
USA

Phone (office): (405)-325-5149

email: ddgaffin@ou.edu

Professional websites

Research Interests: Our laboratory is interested in how animals acquire and process information about their sensory environments. We have focused on sand scorpions in our research, owing to their clean native habitat, slow walking behavior, and fluorescent epicuticle. The chemo-, mechano-, and visual sensory systems of these animals are all approachable to physiological investigation and we use a combination of behavioral, morphological, and electrophysiological techniques to deduce circuitry and neural coding of sensory information in this ancient group of animals.

Updated August 15, 2014

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ROSEMARY GILLESPIE, Professor
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
University of California at Berkeley

Degrees offered: Ph.D.

Address: Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Division of Organisms & Environment
137 Mulford Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114 USA

Voice (office): (510) 642-3445; FAX: (510) 642-7428

e-mail: gillespie@berkeley.edu

Professional websites: http://nature.berkeley.edu/~gillespi/ and http://nature.berkeley.edu/evolab

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Remote oceanic islands provide an extraordinary opportunity for examining ecological, morphological, and genetic/ genomic factors involved in species diversification and community assembly over evolutionary time. Three research areas are: ecological opportunity in allowing adaptive radiation commonalities between adaptive radiations (comparing archipelagoes); and genetic and genomic modification during colonization of new land masses. Our program is part of a large group of evolutionary biologists associated with the Berkeley Natural History Museums.

last updated Oct. 24, 2009

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James D. Harwood, Associate Professor
Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky

Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D.

Address: Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546. USA

Phone (office): (859) 257-4264, (lab): (859) 257-2759, (fax): (859) 323-1120

E-mail:jharw2@email.uky.edu

Professional website:http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/dept/ipages/jharwood.asp

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: My research program seeks to understand mechanisms of foraging by generalist predators, typically spiders, and identify their role in biological control through the integration of molecular techniques, behavioral studies in the laboratory and field experiments. We are using these approaches, in parallel, to delineate trophic connectivity and measure the intensity of specific predator-prey interactions. Understanding the forces that regulate the abundance of these important natural enemies can ultimately provide information that discerns the role of prey biodiversity and habitat management on predation dynamics. These research projects therefore seek to understand how interactions between natural enemy and prey communities contribute to the provisioning of ecosystem services that lead to sustainability within agricultural systems. More information on graduate school at the university of Kentucky can be found on my webpage.

updated 1 - 16 - 13

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EILEEN A. HEBETS, Assistant Professor
School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Degrees offered: Ph. D

Address: School of Biological Sciences
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588 USA

Office Phone: (402) 472-2571

E-mail: ehebets@unlnotes.unl.edu

Professional website: http://www.biosci.unl.edu/faculty/FacPages/hebets.asp

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: I am interested in the evolution of complex signaling, sexual selection, and learning and memory in arachnids. My research programs are broad encompassing wolf spiders, jumping spiders, and amblypygids.

updated October 27, 2005

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MARSHAL HEDIN, Professor
Department of Biology, San Diego State University

Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biology
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4614 USA

Office Phone:(619) 594-6230; FAX: (619) 594-5676

e-mail: mhedin@mail.sdsu.edu

Professional website: http://marshalhedinlab.com/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Spider & harvestmen diversification pattern and process. Please see homepage for further information about research. For information on the graduate programs at San Diego State, please visit http://www.bio.sdsu.edu/eb/

updated August 16, 2014

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GUSTAVO HORMIGA, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, George Washington University

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
The George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052 USA

Phone (office):(202) 994-1095; (lab):(202) 994-0302; FAX: (202)994-6100

e-mail:hormiga@gwu.edu

Websites:

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Systematic biology of spiders; special interest in higher level systematics and monography of araneoids; phylogenetics and comparative biology (see the web pages listed above for further information about research interests). The Department of Biological Sciences at GWU offers a strong program in systematic biology (http://www.gwu.edu/~clade/). Currently (2009) there are five faculty with active research programs in systematics. The campus is located in downtown D.C. GWU systematics students interact and collaborate with the large pool of systematic biologists of the Washington area, including those at the Smithsonian Institution, the USDA Systematic Entomology Lab, and the University of Maryland at College Park.
A limited number of Assistantships are available.
Additional information available on request.

Additional: I am a Research Associate at the Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard University), the American Museum of Natural History (New York) and the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco). Students in my lab often interact and collaborate with colleagues at these three institutions.

Additional information available on request. Updated 11 / 2 / 2009,

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ROBERT R. JACKSON, Associate Professor
Department of Zoology, University of Canterbury

Degrees offered: M.Sc./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Zoology
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch New Zealand

Voice: +64 3 364-2064 [or] +64 3 364-2071; FAX: +64 3 364-2024;

e-mail: r.jackson@zool.canterbury.ac.nz

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Aggressive mimicry .Foreign students are subject to fees. Financial support from within New Zealand for foreign students is virtually non-existent.

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ELIZABETH M. JAKOB, Professor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D. (primarily Ph.D.)

Address: Department of Psychology
Tobin Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Voice: (413) 577-0707

e-mail:ejakob@psych.umass.edu

Professional website: http://www.people.umass.edu/jakob/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Spider behavior, primarily sensory ecology and learning in salticids. I am happy to sponsor Ph.D. students who develop different projects as well, provided funding is available.

I sponsor students primarily in the cross-departmental Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, which has an application deadline in December. Please contact me prior to submitting your application.

last updated February 25, 2014

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DON W. KILLEBREW, Professor and Chair
Department of Biology, Univ. of Texas at Tyler

Degree offered: M.S.

Address: Department of Biology
The University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler, TX 75799 USA

Voice:(903) 566- 7252; FAX: (903) 566-8372;

e-mail: dkille@mail.uttyl.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Spider Ecology: especially biodiversity, density, life, and natural history of spiders from old-field and prairie communities. Taxon of greatest interest is Oxyopidae. Additional information available upon request.

last updated 1 - 14 - 2000

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CARL KLOOCK
Department of Biology, California State University, Bakersfield

Degree offered: M.S.

Address: Department of Biology
California State University
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA93311

Voice:661-654-3021; FAX: 661-665-6956;

e-mail:ckloock@csub.edu

website: www.csub.edu/~ckloock

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: My general interest is in Behavioral Ecology, with a focus on the phenomenon of aggressive mimicry. I currently have two main specific projects. The first is an investigation of the natural history of the local Pirate spider, Mimetus hesperus (Mimetidae) and its use of aggressive mimicry to hunt other spiders. I am also studying the potential ecological functions of scorpion fluorescence. Details on our MS in Biology degree can be found in our graduate guide at http://www.csub.edu/biology/_files/MS_BIOL_Graduate_guide%202013-15.pdf.

updated August 16, 2014

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MATJAŽ KUNTNER, Chair, Institutes of Biology
Institute of Biology ZRC SAZU

Degree offered: M.S., Ph.D.

Address: Institute of Biology ZRC SAZU
Novi trg 2, P.O. Box 306
SI-1001 Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

Voice: +386 - 1-4706 - 338

e-mail: kuntner<a>gmail.com

personal website: http://ezlab.zrc-sazu.si/lab-memebers/dr-matjaz-kuntner

OU website: http://ezlab.zrc-sazu.si/

Research Interests: Most of our laboratory research is on spiders, a mega-diverse invertebrate order with 43,000 species, and covers evolution, phylogenomics, taxonomy, behavior, and biogeography. However, our projects also cover topics as diverse as biodiversity estimation, biological nomenclature, phylogenetic diversity, animal behavioral syndromes, and DNA barcoding and conservation.

last updated August 16, 2014

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YAEL D. LUBIN, Prof.
Department of Desert Ecology, Ben-Gurion Univ.

Degrees offered: M.Sc./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Desert Ecology
Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Sede Boqer Campus,Midreshet Ben-Gurion, 8499000, ISRAEL

Voice-Office:+972-8-659-6782, Voice-Mobile: +972-52-879-5880, FAX: +972-8- 659-6772;

e-mail :lubin@bgu.ac.il

website: http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/bidr/sideer/mdde/yael_lubin/Pages/default.aspx

  • Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Ecology, behavioral ecology, dispersal, evolution of group living spiders in agroecosystems. Some current research activities (including work of students and post-doctoral fellows):
  • Dispersal in a colonial spider undergoing rapid range expansion: behavioral mechanisms and population consequences: Colonizing species have high dispersal ability and can establish successfully in new locations. These traits occur in many group-living species, suggesting a positive interaction between group dynamics and dispersal ability. We are investigating the interaction between dispersal and behavioral and demographic traits associated with group living in Cyrtophora citricola (Araneidae), a colonial spider undergoing rapid range expansion in Israel, and invasive in the New World.
  • Mate selection and consequences of sexual competition and female choice: Several species of Latrodectus (Theridiidae) have mating systems involving extreme monogyny and additional male strategies that may allow males to circumvent female choice. We are investigating these behaviors and in particular, the underlying ecological conditions that might favor their evolution and maintenance in populations.
  • Spiders in desert agroecosystems: The transition between arid habitats and agricultural fields is pronounced, and this influences movement of predators between non-crop habitats and adjacent crops. We are investigating these movement patterns and the effects of spiders on crop pests and other herbivores in semi-arid and hyper-arid agricultural landscapes. The field work is conducted in seasonal crops and in orchards and in their surrounding natural habitats.
  • Financial support: Some support is available for MSc and PhD students from the Albert Katz School for Desert Studies. Post-doctoral fellowships are available through the Blaustein Center for Scientific Cooperation.  Students may register for degrees at Ben-Gurion University, or may come here from other universities to do their field work at the Department of Desert Ecology (with support from their 'home' university). A variety of desert and steppe habitats are easily accessible here. Field studies are encouraged. Students live on the Sede Boqer Campus, 50 km south of the city of Beer Sheva.

Further information is available upon request.

Updated August 15, 2014

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WAYNE MADDISON, Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721 USA

Voice:(520)621-7218 (office), (520)621-1889 (lab); FAX: (520) 621-9190;

e-mail: wmaddisn@u.arizona.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Spider systematics, including basic systematics and its application to understanding evolution of character systems including behavior and chromosomes; theory of Phylogenetic Biology; computer programs and Internet resources for phylogenetics.

Department has WWW page at http://nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zeeb/eeb.html

Two WWW projects I am participating in are at:

http://phylogeny.arizona.edu/tree/phylogeny.html

http://phylogeny.arizona.edu/salticids/salticidae.html

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SUSAN MASTA, Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Portland State University

Degrees offered: M.S./ Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biology
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207 USA

Voice: (503) 725-8505 (office); FAX: (503) 725-3888

e-mail: smasta@pdx.edu

Professional website: http://web.pdx.edu/~smasta/

Departmental website: http://www.pdx.edu/biology/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Biological diversification, from the molecular to organismal levels, with a focus on diversification of arachnid groups and divergence among jumping spider populations. I have specific interests in RNA and genome evolution, population genetics, phylogenetics, and sexual selection. Information on the graduate program is available on the departmental website. Departmental teaching assistantships are available, with the possibility of research assistantships.

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MUHAMMAD KHALID MUKHTAR Associate Professor of Zoology
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Sargodha

Degrees offered:B.S., M.Sc., M. Phil., Ph. D

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
University of Sargodha
Sargodha, Punjab
Pakistan

e-mail: mkmukhtar@gmail.com or mkmukhtar@yahoo.com

Professional Website: NA

Departmental Website: NA

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Conservation, Ecology, Ethology, Genetics, Systematics, Taxon of Interest: Aranea. Currently working on the taxonomy ,ecology and behaviour of Spider Fauna of Pakistan. I am also working on habitat manipulation of Citrus orchards to enhance the diversity and abundance of spider.

Updated 1 - 16 - 13

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BRENT D. OPELL, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA

e-mail: bopell@vt.edu

Professional Website: http://www.biol.vt.edu/faculty/opell/index.html

Departmental Website: http://www.biol.vt.edu/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Current focus on the adhesive mechanism of viscous threads spun by orb-weaving spiders.  Details on graduate application procedures and deadlines are provided on the departmental website. 

Updated 11 – 3 - 2010

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GEOFF OXFORD
Department of Biology, University of York

Degree offered: D. Phil. (over 3 years)

Address: Department of Biology
Univ. of York
P.O. Box 373
York YO105YW, U.K.

Voice: +44 1904 4328823; FAX: +44 1904 432860;

e-mail: gso1@york.ac.uk

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Evolution and adaptative significance of colour polymorphisms in spiders (at present species within the Enoplognatha ovata group and in the Hawaiian happy face spider, Theridion grallator). Range expansion, differentiation and hybridisation in Tegenaria species. Evolutionary implications and mechanisms of sperm priority patterns in Tegenaria species.

Funding: Usually via UK Research Councils (restricted to UK citizens) but the University does have schemes to subsidise graduate students who are supported by industry/other outside bodies or who fund themselves. I don't think there is any reason why these should not also apply to overseas students as well.

More details on application.

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NORMAN I. PLATNICK, Adjunct Professor
Dept. of Entomology, Cornell Univ.; Dept. of Biology, City College, City Univ. of New York.

Degree offered: Ph.D.

Address: Curator, Dept. of Entomology
American Museum of Natural Hist.
Central Park West at 79th St.
New York NY 10024 USA

Voice: (212) 769-5612, (212) 769-5277

e-mail: 72737.3624@compuserve.com

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Systematics, phylogenetics, and biogeography of spiders and ricinuleids. Ph.D. students are eligible to apply for American Museum of Natural History fellowships.

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ROBERT L. RANDELL, Associate Professor
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Saskatchewan

Degrees offered: M.Sc./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biology
University of Saskatchewan
112 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK, CANADA

Voice: (306) 966-4414; FAX: (306) 966-4461;

e-mail: randell@sask.usask.ca [or] 76261.1254@compuserve.com

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Ecology of synanthropic spiders, management of pest spider populations, anatomy of spiders. Details available on request.

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LINDA S. RAYOR, Assistant Professor
Dept of Entomology, Cornell University

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Entomology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Voice: (607) 255-8406
FAX: (607) 255-0939

e-mail: LSR1@cornell.edu

Website: http://www.entomology.cornell.edu/Faculty_Staff/Rayor

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Behavioral ecology, with an emphasis on social behavior, mother-offspring interactions, learning, and tradeoffs between foraging and predation risk. Current projects in my laboratory involve: (1) Social behavior in the atypical Australian huntsman spider, Delena cancerides and (2) Social behavior and tactile communication in amblypygids. I am actively seeking graduate students for either of these projects for Fall 2003. I would consider graduate students interested in other aspects of spider behavior. Teaching Assistantships are available for qualified applicants.

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SUSAN E. RIECHERT, Professor
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee

Degree offered: Ph.D.

Address: Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0810 USA

Voice: (685) 974-2371; FAX: (685) 974-3067

e-mail: sriecher@utk.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Ecology, behavior, evolutionary biology, genetics, biocontrol. Prefer students with prior research experience (e.g., a masters degree).

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J. ANDREW ROBERTS, PhD, Research Coordinator & Associate Professor
Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University at Newark

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Address: The Ohio State University at Newark
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055 USA

Voice: (740) 366-9178


FAX:  (740) 366-5047

e-mail: roberts.762@osu.edu

Websites: Professional homepage: https://u.osu.edu/robertslab/

Departmental Homepage: https://eeob.osu.edu/


Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: At present, much of my research concerns constraints on the evolution of animal signals and signaling behavior.  My main research interests are in the evolution of animal communication and social behavior using spider model systems.  I apply an integrative approach to my research program, incorporating techniques from several disciplines (e.g. environmental measurements, field and laboratory observation and experimentation, digital imaging and video/audio playback, chemical extraction, DNA microsatellites) to address interesting questions about the evolution of animal signals, sexual selection and mate choice, and group formation and social behavior.  I have collaborated on a variety of projects working with invertebrate and vertebrate organisms in habitats including coastal riparian, flood plain, old growth forest, and cave and karst ecosystems.  Graduate students under my supervision will be enrolled in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the Ohio State University, Columbus Campus.

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ANN L. RYPSTRA, Associate Professor of Biology,
Department of Biology, Miami University

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biology
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056 USA
(I am officially located on the Hamilton Campus of Miami so the address on my publications is different but it is more convenient if I hear from prospective students at this address);

Phone: (513) 529-3176 or (513) 785-3238; FAX: (513) 529-6900

e-mail: rypstral@MUOhio.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Spacing patterns in spiders, evolution of social behavior, spiders in agroecosystems, food web ecology, foraging behavior, influence of spiders on the foraging activity of herbivores. All students admitted receive a graduate assistantship. Most are required to teach. Program is a broad based zoology program but the departmental emphasis is ecology. Of 33 faculty, 15 conduct research in some aspect of ecology. Students have to have had undergraduate courses in ecology, physiology, genetics, statistics, one year of physics and two years of chemistry, but some of these courses can be taken after the student is admitted and comes to Miami. GREs are required.

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NIKOLAJ SCHARFF, Associate Professor
Department of Entomology, Zoological Museum, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Degree offered: Ph.D. (Ph.D. program in English)

Address: Research Scientist and Curator
Department of Entomology
Zoological Museum
Universitetsparken 15
DK-2100 Coopenhagen, Denmark

Voice: +45 35-32-11-07 (Info desk; +45 35-32-10-01); FAX: +45 35-32-10-10;

e-mail: nscharff@zmuc.ku.dk

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Systematics, phylogenetics and biogeography of spiders (especially old world tropics), cladistics, inventory. All spiders, but especially orb weavers. Additional information upon request. Interested students should contact me. Students from European Union should contact me for further information on EU fellowships.

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PAUL SELDEN, Distinguished Professor in Invertebrate Paleontology
The Paleontological Institute, University of Kansas

Degrees offered: MS, PhD

Address: The Paleontological Institute
University of Kansas
Lindley Hall
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, Kansas 66045 USA

Voice: (785) 864-2751 (OFFICE) or (785) 393-5625 (CELL)

e-mail:selden@ku.edu

Websites: Professional homepage: paulselden.net and http://paleo.ku.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Research in Paul Selden’s laboratory utilizes fossil material to investigate systematics, evolution, ecology and other aspects of arthropods, particularly spiders and other Chelicerata. We have graduate students and postdocs working with amber-preserved specimens as well as rock matrix material. Mesozoic spiders are a particular interest at present. We have great collaboration with fossil insect colleagues (e.g. Michael Engel, also at KU) and paleontologists (e.g. Steve Hasiotis, studying fossil and Recent spider burrows).

Further information: Application for graduate study should be made in the first instance at: geo.ku.edu

Please contact Yolanda Davis (yolanda@ku.edu) should you need any advice.

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CARA SHILLINGTON Associate Professor
Dept of Biology, Eastern Michigan University

Degrees offered: M.Sc.

Address: 316 Mark Jefferson
Department of Biology
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 USA

Voice: (734) 487-4433 (office/lab) and (734) 487-4242 (department office)

e-mail: cara.shillington@emich.edu

Professional Homepage: http://people.emich.edu/cshilling

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: My research focuses on an integrative, field-based, evolutionary approach to study the behavioral and physiological ecology of tarantulas. Current research topics include intra- and interspecific variation in metabolic rates, life history variation, mating systems, and foraging behavior.
Teaching assistantships are available to most students accepted into our department. In addition, the biology department has substantial fellowships that are awarded annually.

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JEFFREY W. SHULTZ, Associate Professor
Department of Entomology & BISI-BEES, University of Maryland at College Park

Degrees offered: M.Sc., Ph.D.

Address: Department of Entomology
4112 Plant Sciences Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20142 USA

Voice: (301) 405-7519; FAX: (301) 314-9290;

e-mail: jshultz@umd.edu

personal website): http://entomology.umd.edu/directory/faculty/jeffreywshultz

deparmental website: www.entomology.umd.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Systematics and evolution of mating systems in Opliones; omparative, evolutionary and functional morphology of arachnids; arthropod locomotion; higher-level phylogeny of arachnids and other arthropods using morphological and molecular approaches.

Financial aid: Teaching Assistantships, Possible Research Assistantship or some combination of the two.

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W. DAVID SISSOM, Professor
Dept. of Life, Earth, & Environmental Sciences, West Texas A&M University

Degrees offered: M.S.

Address: Dept. of Life, Earth, & Environmental Sciences
West Texas A&M University
WTAMU Box 60808
Canyon, TX 79016 USA

Voice: (806) 651-2578; Fax: (806) 651-2928

e-mail:dsissom@mail.wtamu.edu

Departmental website: http://www.wtamu.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: My primary research interests are in scorpion systematics, phylogeny (based on morphological characters), life history, behavior, and ecology. I have secondary interests in systematics and regional inventories of other arachnids. A limited number of teaching assistantships are available for qualified applicants.

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JOSEPH SPAGNA Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
William Paterson University

Degrees offered: MS.in Biology

Address: Department of Biology
William Paterson University
Wayne, New Jersey 07470
USA

Office Phone: 973-720-2793; Departmental Office : 973-720-2455

Professional homepage: http://euphrates.wpunj.edu/faculty/spagnaj/

University homepage: http://www.wpunj.edu

e-mail: SpagnaJ@wpunj.edu

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: William Paterson University, located in the New Jersey suburbs of Manhattan, offers a Master's degree in biology.

Projects in my laboratory include phylogenetics, systematics, & evolution of spiders and ants, particularly evolution of systems for locomotion. See website for detailed information.

additional: Limited financial aid (scholarships, fellowships, assistantships) is available from the Department, and graduate students may also be supported based on extramural funding for my lab (contact lab PI to determine availability of grant funds).

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JOHN R. SPENCE, Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Alberta

Degree offered: Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biological Sciences,
Univ. of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta CANADA T6G 2E9;

Voice: (403) 492-3003; FAX: (403) 492-9234;

e-mail:jspence@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Population biology, especially population dynamics and life-history evolution; community ecology; forestry practices and biodiversity; special interests in semi-aquatic and litter-dwelling, cursorial spiders. Graduate teaching assistantships available; university provides supplements to students with their own scholarships. Students expected to have their own general research problems in mind at time of application; more information upon request.

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HAFIZ MUHAMMAD TAHIR, Assistant Professor of Zoology
Department of Zoology, University of Sargodha

Degree offered: B.S., M.Sc., M.Phl., Ph.D.

Address: Department of Zoology,
University of Sargodha,
Sargodha, Punjab
Pakistan

Voice: (403) 492-3003; FAX: (403) 492-9234;

e-mail:hafiztahirpk1@yahoo.com

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Molecular systematics, Molecular Systemetics and DNA barcoding, Toxicology, Applied Ecology, Biochemistry, Conservation, Ecology. Currently working on the taxonomy ,ecology and behaviour of scorpions and spiders of Pakistan.

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GEORGE W. UETZ, Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Cincinnati

Degrees offered: M.S./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
Univ. of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210006
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0006 USA

Phone (office): (513) 556-9752, (lab) (513) 556-9753, (other) (513) 556-9700; FAX: (513) 556-5299

e-mail:George.Uetz@uc.edu

Professional homepage: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/biology/byDeptMembers/faculty.html?eid=uetzgw&thecomp=uceprof

Departmental homepage: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/biology.html

Research Interests: The major focus of my research is the behavioral ecology of spiders. I am interested in the selective forces shaping the evolution of social behavior, and use both field-based observational studies and laboratory experimentation in two long-term research projects:

  • Multimodal communication, species recognition and sexual selection - using video imaging and playback techniques to investigate the essential elements of courtship signaling behavior, which functions in reproductive isolation and mate choice in Schizocosa wolf spiders (Lycosidae). Current work is directed at understanding the role of multi-modal communication (visual and vibratory signals) within a communication network on the forest floor habitat – in both the environmental context (physical environment, substrate, light, background contrast, predators), as well as the social context (conspecific interactions, female mate choice, eavesdropping male competitors). We are using laser vibrometry, illuminance spectrophotometry and audio-visual playback to tease apart the elements of a complex communication system.
  • Influence of El Niño on aggregative behavior and genetic structure of Metepeira populations on the California coast. This project builds upon insights gained from studies of group foraging in colonial web-building spiders of the genus Metepeira (Araneidae) from Mexico, which are "an exception to the rule"- among most (typically asocial) spiders.

I will also support student research in other areas of arachnology/behavioral ecology.

Information About the Graduate Program: My research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, and my lab is well-equipped to pursue many types of arachnological research. I typically sponsor up to 5 graduate students, depending on support.
Our department offers competitive assistantship and fellowship support (including tuition remission scholarships) for graduate students. Our graduate program has been re-organized recently, and the areas of Ecology, Behavior, Neuroscience and Evolution have been strengthened by the addition of several new faculty.

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FRITZ VOLLRATH
Department of Zoology, University of Aarhus

Degrees offered: M.Sc./Ph.D.

Address: Department of Zoology
Universitetsparken B135
DK 8000 Aarhus C Denmark

Voice: +45-89 42 27 65 (Sec: +45- 89 42 27 27); FAX: +45-86 12 51 75;

e-mail: vollrath@aau.dk

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Orb spider ecology, behaviour, web engineering, silk biomechanics. Information upon request.

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SEAN WALKER , Assistant Professor
California State University Fullerton

Degree offered: M.S.

Address: Department of BIological Science
California State University Fullerton
Fullerton CA 92831 USA

Phone (office): (714) 278-3610; Phone (lab): (714) 278-8204; FAX: (714) 278-3426

e-mail:swalker@fullerton.edu

Professional website (homepage): http://biology.fullerton.edu/swalker

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: My primary research interests are in the cognitive, behavioral, and evolutionary ecology of terrestrial invertebrates (mainly Arachnids and Orthopterans). In particular, I am interested in animal decision making as it relates to foraging and reproduction (e.g., mate choice & reproductive investment) and have a keen interest in any project related to animal communication, the evolution of sex differences, and the evolution of alternative tactics and strategies. I have also worked on projects related to the estimation and comparison of terrestrial invertebrate biodiversity and pollination biology.

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DAVID H. WISE, Assoc. Director, Institute for Environmental Science & Policy
Professor of Ecology & Evolution, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D.

Address: Dept Biol Sci (MC/066)
UIC
845 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
USA

Phone (office): (312) 413-9191; Phone (lab): (312) 355-3231

e-mail:dhwise@uic.edu

Professional website (homepage):http://sites.google.com/site/wiselabuic/

Research Interests and Information on Graduate Program: Behavioral, population and community ecology of spiders in food webs of forest-floor leaf litter and vegetable crops. Please visit my website for detailed, current information on my group's research program.

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