Marsh Life Science Building, Rm 316
Phone: (802) 656-2972
Advisor: Dr. Ingi Agnarsson
I am interested in using spiders and other arachnids to explore island biogeography in the Caribbean. By creating phylogenies based genetics and morphological traits of spiders, we are able to gain insight into the geologic history of the Caribbean Islands. The families that I have been working with include Deinopis (net-casting, ogre-faced spider), which has the largest eyes compared to its head size in the whole animal kingdom, and Gasteracantha (spiny back orb weavers), which have been described as looking like colorful Ritz Crackers.