Spiders · Urban Ecology · Biodiversity

Next chapter

Next chapter

After 6 months maternity leave, I’m very excited to be moving (with my new little family!) to New Zealand in October to take up a 6 month Endeavour postdoc fellowship at the University of Auckland. I’ll be working with¬†Ecology Ngatahi Lab¬†who are doing some really fantastic research in urban environments and surrounds in Auckland. I […]

Thank you!

Thank you!

I’ve finally handed in my PhD (just in time before bub arrives!) and what a wonderful 4 years it’s been. There are so many people I would like to thank, but I’ve posted the acknowledgements from my thesis here in order to give special mention to those who helped me along the way. Thesis Acknowledgements […]

Mapping out RezBaz

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RezBaz or Research Bazar was a 3 day workshop organised by some really wonderful people and held at the University of Melbourne. The aim was to teach ECR’s new technology skills for their research. I love this idea because as a PhD student I’m often overwhelmed by the huge range of software and technology available […]

It’s Nephila season!

Juvenile Golden orb weaver

I’m in the thick of thesis writing at the moment so this blog has been a bit neglected, but it’s the time of year when all my spiders are out in force so I thought I’d write a little (more) about them. Here is a juvenile from outside my building at the University of Sydney […]

Why all PhD’s should do a 3 min...

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I recently competed in the 3 minute thesis (3MT) competition. Sitting down and trying to summarise 3 years of work into 3 mins is a very hard task, especially when trying to make it accessible to a general audience. It really makes you take a step back and remember what’s important about your work. Why […]

Amazing spiders!

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It’s been a very busy couple of months, but I’m almost finished classifying all my spiders. With over 5000 individuals it’s been a difficult but exciting process. Here is a sneak preview of some of the amazing diversity I’ve found in Sydney backyards.

Observations of Golden Orb Weavers

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It’s getting pretty cold Sydney in the moment, which means that most orb weaving spiders are coming towards the end of their season and I finally have some time to reconcile the work I’ve been doing for the last few months.

Bee tags on spiders!

Putting bee tags on Nephila

I’ve just started what I hope will be the one of the last experiments for my PhD, which involves collecting Golden Orb Weavers and transplanting them to new sites.

“Cyclops spider”

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Now this is a weird one; Family Oecobiidae Genus: Oecobius They are very odd looking with their small bunch of eyes and flat round head.

Scorpion tailed spiders and leaf curl...

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I love scorpions, and you may have already worked out that I have a soft spot for spiders, so these guys are definitely favorites. Scorpion tailed spiders (genus Arachnura) are one of those great taxa where the name says it all. They come from one of the most common families of spider, the Araneidae which […]

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