Interactive Sessions - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at BGSU    
Eileen Hebets February 25, 2017
Life on Eight-Legs: Science and Discovery in the Enigmatic Arachnids

An interactive session led by Eileen Hebets

Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Courtesy Faculty in the Department of Entomology

Arachnids are tremendously diverse, abundant, widespread, understudied, and amenable to experimentation - making them ideal organisms of focus for behavioral and evolutionary studies. I will share some of my research stories and discoveries pertaining to this fascinating group of arthropods. Come learn about the intricate mating dances, specialized sensory systems, unusual foraging strategies, and bizarre mating systems of arachnids – some of which may live in your own backyard. Eileen Hebets is a leader in the fields of animal behavior, evolution, and arachnology, with specialized research programs that focus on the evolution and function of animal communication, animal sensory systems, and animal mating strategies. Her National Science Foundation funded research combines field work, laboratory-based behavioral assays, electrophysiology and neuroanatomy, and genetics to address fundamental questions about the diversity of animal life on our planet. She is also a pioneer in formal and informal education and her science education efforts involve the development, testing and refining of creative approaches to help students of all ages engage and persist in science. Eileen is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Courtesy Faculty in the Department of Entomology. In addition to her numerous roles on university committees, she serves as the Director of the American Arachnological Society and is currently an editor for the journal Ethology.