Caitlin  Creak

Caitlin Creak

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Investigating behaviour and ecology of notorious spiders

The Sydney Funnel web spider (Atrax robustus) is one of Australia’s most infamous animals, known for the lethal bite they can inflict on humans. The venom of these incredible animals has been thoroughly investigated, however the ecology, biology and behaviours of the Sydney funnel web remain unknown.

My research will examine various aspects of Sydney funnel web ecology, biology and behaviour, including but not limited to, diet, movement, habitat preference, genetics, courtship behaviour and adaptation to extreme weather conditions.

In addition to this, I am investigating the effects of wildfire on entire spider communities, including the Sydney funnel web. How well do our beloved Australian spiders cope with extreme burns and changing environments?

Supervisor/s: A/Prof Michael Kasumovic & Prof Michael Letnic

Level 5 West Biological Sciences South (E26) UNSW, Kensington 2052