524th Monthly Meeting
January 22nd, 2016
Location: ESC Rm 110, 21 Sachem St, New Haven CT 06511 (map)
Dinner at 6:30 p.m. (pizza in meeting room), meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Erin Saupe, The Biogeography and Evolution of Spiders
Spiders provide an excellent window into understanding past terrestrial ecosystems because they are extremely diverse, occupy almost every environment and ecosystem on Earth, and have a very long history of occupation on land. Erin’s talk will review this history of their occupation of land, with particular focus on spiders preserved in amber from the Cretaceous to the Miocene. The study of fossil spiders often reveals interesting biogeographical patterns, which in turn provide insight into past evolutionary processes.
Erin Saupe is a Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Postdoctoral Fellow under the guidance of Dr. Derek Briggs. The goal of her research is to explore how life evolved on our dynamic planet, with emphasis on understanding how biogeographical processes impact macroevolution.