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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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

Jumping spiders

Jumping Spider, Botanic Gardens Sydney

  I can understand why jumping spiders (Family: Salticidae) are often the poster-boys for spider enthusiasts (see Misunderstood Spider), they are so cute and charismatic it’s hard not to love them. They are also the family which Peacock spiders belong to, and if you haven’t heard of them you really need to watch this YouTube […]

Making (slow) progress

Making (slow) progress

I’m one week in now. I’ve finished classifying samples from 12 plots (1 plot=30min of searching for spiders) and I have 346 spiders sorted into 54 different morphospecies. There are only 28 spiders in my “unknown” pile, so I’m not doing too badly! I’m trying very hard not to calculate the number of samples I […]

The scary world of spider taxonomy

My ID work station

I have to admit, there is one aspect of this research that really scared me… it wasn’t the collecting of spiders that worried me (I love the little guys and I’m yet to find one who is willing to bite me), it was the classification of them! There are more than 40,000 species of spiders […]

More than Redbacks and Huntsmen

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I’m a PhD student at the University of Sydney (about half way through now, still loving it!) and my research looks at how spiders are affected by urbanisation. Normally I focus on Golden orb weavers (Nephila plumipes) like the one in the photo above, but an offshoot of my research is to survey the biodiversity […]

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