Rich Bradley will provide a brief introduction to the spiders of an Ohio June day. We have a very diverse fauna of spiders, almost entirely beneficial, living around us and often under our feet. We will then search Terradise for some of these arachnid neighbors using standard field work methods (visual search, litter sorting, sweep net sampling). We should not need to go very far to find a good variety of spiders.
Richard Bradley grew up with a fascination for studying animals in Southern California. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of New Mexico studying the population biology of scorpions. He has been an active researcher and teacher since 1972; publishing on the behavior and ecology of birds, scorpions, and spiders. He is a broadly trained naturalist with field research experience throughout North America, Central America, and Australia. In 2013 he published the first color-illustrated guide to the spiders of North America. He has a lifelong commitment to outdoor education and sharing his interests with students of all ages. Dr. Bradley is Associate Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology.