Published: May 17, 2018
three panel photo of rachel working in the lab, in the field and the funnel-web-spider - photo by Andy Better

I am an EBIO honors student graduating this spring. Spending the latter part of my college career on my honors thesis in the Davies Lab has been an incredibly fulfilling experience. Broadly, I looked at the effects of habitat fragmentation on (1) abundance and distribution, (2) trophic position, and (3) stable isotopic niche of the funnel-web spider, Atrax sutherlandi, in a large-scale, long-term habitat fragmentation experiment in southeastern Australia. Working with Dr. Kendi Davies, as well as other collaborators in the Davies Lab, has been such a unique, amazing opportunity. This research, including super cool fieldwork in Australia, has sparked my passion for ecology, and I hope to continue working in this field post-graduation!