Daniel Zurek

Daniel Zurek

Pittsburgh, PA


Published on May 09, 2018

A sneak peek at jumping spider gaze tracking results (GIFs!)

After publishing the first round of results in Behavioral Ecology a few months back, here is a set of visualizations about what females focus on during male courtship dances. Go to https://arachnar...

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Published on Jun 22, 2015

Video dispatch #5, South Texas

Here is our last dispatch from the field, this time from North Padre Island near Corpus Christi, TX. It covers the last part of our collecting trip, taking us from Del Rio, TX along the Rio Grande ...

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Published on Jun 07, 2015

Jumping Spider Hunt 2015, Dispatch #4

This dispatch covers our exploits in eastern Arizona, New Mexico, and Western Texas. Highlight are the spectacular Habronattus "Canyon City" we found in the Davis Mountains (TX). See them from 01:4...

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Published on Jun 01, 2015

Jumping Spider Hunt 2015, Dispatch #3

Our newest dispatch comes from the beautiful Santa Rita mountains south of Tucson, AZ. Patrick Butler is back in Pittsburgh, but we're now joined by professional macro photographer and bug expert, ...

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Published on May 24, 2015

Video Dispatch #2 (Yuma, AZ)

Dear Backers,we spent the last few days in and around Yuma, Arizona, and explored some new field sites. We caught a sufficiently large number of two of our target species, check out our newest vide...

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Published on May 22, 2015

First video from the field!

Dear Backers,As of Monday, we are in Arizona hunting for spiders. Our first field site was very densely populated this year! Excellent start to a full month of field work. See our first video dispa...

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Published on Apr 28, 2015

April update

Dear Backers,You haven't heard from us in a while, we've been busy preparing for our upcoming trip to the Southwest. Thanks to your contributions, we were able to book flights and a vehicle for a f...

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Published on Jan 15, 2015

New jumping spider species in the lab!

Happy New Year!I wanted to share a video still from the new camera equipment you supported. Often, the conspicuous coloration of male jumping spiders doesn't appear until they are adults. One of th...

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Published on Dec 06, 2014

Our project is featured in Science this week!

Hi, Last week, I talked to a reporter at Science about our ongoing research, and our crowdfunding experiences. The write-up is in the 'In Brief' section of this week's issue of Science. Thank you f...

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Glad to hear! The wheels turn slowly but there's a lot more coming. The pilot data funded through Experiment allowed us to land a $700K+ NSF grant in 2016, which really expanded the scope of this work.
Really cool project, would love to see more about the veggie jumpers! Good luck!