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Hannah Wood: Assassin Spiders from Around the World



Arachnologist Hannah Wood discusses her field expeditions to Madagascar and other remote places in the world to study and collect Assassin spiders. They may be small, but these spiders are among the most dangerous spiders on the planet. A classic example of convergent evolution, Wood's findings suggest that the need to strike out at prey from a distance encouraged the evolution of extended spider body parts on more than one occasion.

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Mimicry and Monogamy in Peruvian Poison Frogs a lecture by Kyle Summers, PhD
12/19/13, 3:53 pm

Kyle Summers, PhD, talks about mimicry and monogamy in Peruvian poison frogs.  Kyle Summers is a Professor in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University.

BioForum: Using Data to Infer Climatic Shifts on CA Coast
4/25/11, 2:11 pm

This lecture features Terrance Gosliner, Senior Curator and Dean of Science and Research Collections for the Academy's Department of Invertebrate Zoology.

Dr. Peter Roopnarine:  Ecosystem Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
1/14/11, 10:34 am
Dr. Peter Roopnarine presents early results of a study of the impact of the Gulf oil spill on marine life there, particularly the mollusks. The techniques used can also be applied to a variety of questions ranging from evolutionary biology to drought in the southwest.
Dr. Jack Dumbacher: Papua New Guinea
6/22/10, 2:16 pm

Dr. Jack Dumbacher, Curator of Birds and Mammals at the California Academy of Sciences, talks about his field expeditions to Papua New Guinea. Some of the best discoveries in science are completely serendipitous. Dr. Dumbacher discovered, quite by accident, that a common New Guinea bird uses potent poisons for protection -- a defense never before documented in birds.

Ants: The Invisible Majority with Dr. Brian Fisher
1/25/10, 3:05 pm

Ants may be tiny, but they play a huge role in their ecosystems. In fact, biologists estimate that the collective weight of all the ants on Earth is equal to the weight of all humans.

In this talk, Dr. Brian Fisher describes the unique behaviors and incredible adaptations of our planet's most charismatic small animals. See how ants farm, hunt and tend "herds of livestock." Learn how primitive Dracula ants feed on their sisters' blood.

Watch the fastest recorded movement of any animal -- a feisty ant with lightning-quick jaws that Dr. Fisher filmed with one of the world's most advanced high-speed cameras. You'll also learn about Dr. Fisher's conservation efforts in Madagascar and gain new respect for our smallest neighbors.