University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology


Ph.D. Student - Muhammad Kala


Muhammad Kala, Ph.D. Student

Contact Information

Marsh Life Science Building, Rm 316
Phone: (802) 656-2972
Advisor: Dr. Ingi Agnarsson


I have never understood why most people make funny faces when I tell them about my fascination for arachnids, particularly spiders. Who does not think that silk-spinning, venom-producing, and mostly insectivorous yet shy eight-legged beings are the sweetest creatures ever? Being a passionate arachnophile, I am interested in many aspects of arachnology but I have a soft spot for systematics/taxonomy and behavior. I will focus primarily on tropical species from the Indian Ocean (which includes some from Mauritius, my native country) as there are not many experts working in these diverse regions.