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Predatory Spiders in the Arctic Food Web 2013 Journals
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Predatory Spiders in the Arctic Food Web 2013
26 July 2013 The End of an Experiment
3 Years in the Making When I accepted the post as PolarTREC teacher to scientist extraordinaire Amanda Koltz, I didn’t realize that this would be her last field season before publishing her…
23 July 2013 Who Doesn’t Love a Good Parasite?
Parasites – the ultimate lifestyle choice As mentioned in a previous journal, every organism has a place in the complex food webs of life – be it an autotroph, heterotroph (that’s us, unless some…
19 July 2013 How Cute are Collembolans?
Just What do Spiders Eat? In a previous journal, I mentioned that the wolf spider is a generalist predator that feeds on detritivores in the soil. There are many different organisms that fall under…
17 July 2013 Meet the Berlese Funnel…and take a trip to the Arctic Ocean
Berlesing means buckets…lots and lots of buckets. In my last post, I explained how soil samples were taken from the tundra. The samples were cut out of each of our plots (with a bread knife) then…
15 July 2013 The Wonderful World of Soil…and a dip in an Arctic Lake!
A Quick Recap As mentioned in previous journals, this project is investigating the dynamics of the tundra soil ecosystem by determining the impact that the wolf spider has on detritivores that live…
14 July 2013 Mosquitoes...the plague of the Arctic Summer!
The State Bird of Alaska Before I came to the Arctic, everyone who was familiar with Arctic summers warned me about the mosquitoes. Back during our orientation in Fairbanks in late March, we even…
11 July 2013 Catching Grayling and Walking on Aufeis...what a day!
What Time do I Have to Get Up? I knew something was up as I walked to the dining hall and saw Amanda Koltz running towards me with a huge smile on her face. “Do you want to go fishing tomorrow? It’s…
11 July 2013 Sampling Madness
Getting Your Hands Dirty If you’ve been keeping up with my journal entries (and if you haven’t, shame on you…just kidding, welcome!), then you know that Team Spider heads out in the field pretty…
9 July 2013 Fascinating Food Webs
What is a Food Web? At its most basic level, a food web is a diagram showing who eats who (or what) in an ecosystem. Food webs can be extremely complicated, because there are lots of living things…
8 July 2013 Typical Day...counting, counting, counting.
Collecting Evidence So just what is a typical day when you are studying the effects of spiders on microbial food webs? Well, as you might expect, no day is typical. There are many questions that…
7 July 2013 Adaptations to the Arctic
Adaptation 101 When most people heard that I was going to the Alaskan Arctic to study spiders, the common response was “spiders can live in that cold environment?” Well, yes. Yes they do. How?…
5 July 2013 Life at Toolik...it's a lot nicer than you think!
Hours from Civilization? Location wise, Toolik Field Station is literally in the middle of nowhere. There are no towns nearby, unless you count the pop-up city of Deadhorse, which is home to all of…