About me / CV

Catherine Scott

I recently completed my MSc in the Gries lab at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC (Lab site)

I am now a PhD student in the Andrade lab at the University of Toronto Scarborough (Lab site)

Here’s my CV (updated August 2016)

Email: catherine.elizabeth.scott [at] gmail.com

Twitter: @Cataranea

I also sometimes blog at Small Pond Science

21 thoughts on “About me / CV

  1. I recently caught a female western black widow in Utah. It has red spots in a vertical line going down her back. Is this common? I caught one a few weeks ago that did not have these red markings on the back. this is the first time I have seen red on the back of a widow.

    • Western black widows are extremely variable in colouration – some adult females retain the “juvenile” colouration you’re referring to, others are pure black with no hourglass, hourglass shape can vary a lot, etc. So yes, fairly common – but you may see other variations as well!

  2. Pingback: Here’s Why Some Spiders Build Their Webs Near Humans | Upvoted

  3. Hey there. I love your Blog- need a week to read it! But I have a question .

    I live in sub-tropical Hong Kong and we get some great spiders. The most spectacular is a Golden (?) Orb spider which grow to be as big as your hand and they build huge webs.
    I want to know if you know if they can be handled? Are they likely to bite?

    I really want to handle one- just want to check!

    Thanks – Derek

    • Thank you so much for your kind feedback, Derek!

      Spiders in the genus Nephila are beautiful! I hesitate to recommend handling any spider because there is always a risk of injuring the spider and (usually less likely) of injury to the person doing the handling. But to answer your question, no Nephila are not aggressive and there are several videos of people handling them online (here’s an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhS4us-ns6o). If the spider is walking around on your hands, you are just a substrate and there is no reason for it to bite defensively. Please be careful and respectful of the spiders you find, and enjoy them!

  4. Do you have any idea what kind of spider makes a cottony web on the ground? I live in Surrey,Bc Canada we seem to have an infestation of them… The brown spider sits in the earth and awaits its moment. I saw one hauling a wasp into the ground in the early evening last night. I have a couple of nasty spider bites so I am trying to identify them for the Dr.
    Thank you.

  5. Hello Catherine! I met you in the spring at Island View Beach with Dr. Blundon and my Environmental Technology class. I just stumbled upon your blog when I was looking up a spider I found (Araneus gemma!) I just wanted to say, thanks for taking the time to meet with my class. I had a really great time learning about spiders, and since that day my arachnaphobia has nearly disappeared. It was a huge turning point in my life (haha). Keep up the good work.

  6. Hi Catherine
    I caught this spider in my house yesterday.
    I always assume they are Florida wolf spider because it makes me feel better I guess. I made the mistake of only taking the underside of her as a picture and that makes it hard to convince me that it is a Florida wolf spider now. If I can email you the picture, do you think you would have any idea? Thank you for all the wonderful info you’re giving us.

Leave a Reply to Trevor Pritoula Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *