Vol. 38 (2015)
Research Project Ecology

Spiders Revisited: Retracing the Steps of Herbert and Lorna Levi's Historic Invertebrate Surveys of the Jackson Hole Region of Wyoming

Sarah J. Kariko
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Craighead Beringia South, Gossamer Labs, LLC
Daniel Rossman
Craighead Beringia South, Gossamer Labs, LLC

Published 2015-01-01


In 1950, Herbert and Lorna Levi collected invertebrates in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and other localities in the region. Sixty-five years later and looking towards the centennial of the National Park Service, a preliminary reassessment of the biodiversity of spiders was conducted in a subset of localities that were collected by the Levis. Specimens have been collected and are in the process of being identified. Comparison of this new collection with the historical records is currently underway. As the arts have played a crucial role in the history of national parks, we are exploring how to partner art and science to share the beauty and wonder of spiders based on our fieldwork in celebration of the upcoming National Park Service centennial.