Talk: Tales from a Recovered Arachnophobe
What if you could hear with your ankles, shed your skin to get smaller, squeeze seven kinds of silk from millions of tiny built-in spigots, or release a balloon from your hind end and sail 30,000 feet above the earth? What if you ate your mate after sex – or conversely evolved amazing strategies to avoid becoming nuptial fodder? What if you had to carry a hundred or so of your offspring around on your back?
Gwen Heistand has been the resident biologist at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Martin Griffin Preserve on the edge of Bolinas Lagoon since 2002, where she teaches classes in all aspects of natural history. Her love of marine biology, especially wee things that live in water, propelled her out of the business world and back to graduate school (she has an MA in Environmental Science & Management / Applied Ecology from UC Santa Barbara). There she found herself involved with invertebrates, including a severe crush on spiders — the subject of most of her childhood nightmares.
Whether you love spiders or loathe them, join Gwen for this fascinating post-Halloween talk!
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