Venom ecology in arachnids

Venom ecology in arachnids

Title of Project

Venom ecology in arachnids

Name of Advisor/s

Tobin Northfield


College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

Our previous research suggests that scorpions can modify the venom composition to mediate species interactions and changing densities of predators. We aim to build on this research to identify the ways venom composition alters interactions between arachnids and other species. This will include experiments and/or evaluation of theoretical models.

Key Words

Predation, ecology, evolution, arachnids, venom biology

Would suit an applicant who

Is highly motivated and a creative thinker, and is interested in experimental biology and either chemical ecology or theoretical ecology.