Grad student awarded grant to study spider blood in the Tetons

(Moose, Wyo.) - Yesterday, the Grand Teton Association announced that the 2016 Boyd Evison Graduate Research Grant has been awarded to Maggie Rabion. Rabion is a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley who will study spider blood in the Tetons this coming year. She grew up in northern Minnesota and received her B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana in Missoula. While an undergraduate, Rabion discovered a new species of spider along the Snake River south of Grand Teton National Park. The new species, now called “mason spiders,” are unique among spiders because they do not construct webs or burrows; they build mounds. Following graduation, Rabion worked on various projects as a field technician including studying songbird nesting with the Montana Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, speciation in fruit flies at the University of Georgia, and nocturnal bee behavior in Panama with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Unit. Rabion is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in the Environmental Science, Policy & Management Department. For her graduate work, she has returned to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to study the natural history and behavior of mason spiders. With help from the Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship, Rabion will be expanding her graduate research to explore the implications of winter climate change on overwintering spiders. *Feature Photo: Maggie Rabion. h/t Grand Teton Association / Pitchengine Communities* *#buckrail #news*