Meet Dr. Hannah Wood!

Jan. 7, 2019

2018 Dwight M. DeLong Memorial Lecture

Kottman Hall 244, video-linked to Fisher 121 in Wooster Department of Entomology

January 30th at 3:30PM

Dr. Wood is the Smithonian’s National Museum of Natural History curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda, and works with Palpimanoid spiders to study how biogeography influences the evolution of traits and functional morphology. Her research highlights the peculiar-looking pelican spider found in Madagascar. These spiders use their incredibly elongated mouthparts to attack and eat other spiders. Dr. Wood investigates their predatory behaviors through the use of high- speed video capture. She also uses CT scanning technology to observe the internal morphology and biomechanics of Palpimanoids. By collecting morphological data from living and fossilized spiders, Dr. Wood works to better understand the evolutionary relationships between pelican spider lineages and how their restricted distributions and dispersal abilities might contribute to their trait evolution.

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