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October 19, 2017

A Spider Sampler: Arachnid Biology and Local Fauna

A conversation with

Jack Owicki

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Registration 5-5:15pm
Welcome & Talk 5:30-6:15pm
Q&A 6:15-6:45pm

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456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
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A Spider Sampler: Arachnid Biology and Local Fauna

Summary: Spiders elicit fear and disgust in many humans, but closer acquaintance with this ecologically vital order of arachnids can transform these reactions into more positive attitudes. I ll divide my talk into an introduction to spider biology and a bestiary of species that you might run into on the San Francisco Peninsula.

About the speaker
Prior to his recent retirement, Jack Owicki was an independent consultant, V.P. for research at LJL Biosystems, Associate Technical Director at Molecular Devices Corporation, and Associate Professor of Biophysics at UC Berkeley. What s more relevant to this talk is his lifelong interest in field natural history, particularly in invertebrates like spiders. He s a docent at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Stanford s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and is a serious nature photographer.

Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café provides a forum for debating science issues outside a traditional academic context. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable - all spoken in plain English. There is no admission charge to attend our events. Building on its great success outside the United States, Café Scientifique Silicon Valley is the first such Café on the West Coast.  We meet monthly to discuss a variety of science topics.