The Ohio Spider Survey:
16 Years of Citizen Science

Richard Bradley
Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Ohio Spider Survey is a project intended to provide base-line data on the distribution and abundance of spider species in Ohio. Data are accumulated through collections at field sites representative of the major habitats and regions of the state.

During the early years of the project, most of the collections were made by the principal investigator and assistants, but the proportion of collection records contributed by volunteer participants is increasing steadily. The data currently include 13,123 records representing 29,619 specimens.

This Science Café is part of the Ohio Spider Survey's public education effort, an important component of the Survey. This effort consists of public lectures, classroom demonstrations, and field and laboratory workshops. There is also an Ohio Spider web page, which generates dozens of telephone and e-mail inquiries each year.

To date, thousands of Ohioans have participated in these activities. The survey has also provided technical identification services to medical personnel, extension entomologists, and pest control professionals.

Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.