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University of Nottingham
Sara Goodacre is an evolutionary geneticist who did her PhD on the genetics of speciation, a subject that led her to Polynesia in order to study the snails there. Emerging as a freshly qualified ‘doctor of genetics’ in the year 2000, she embarked upon her research career, first at the University of Oxford, and then at the University of East Anglia, where she discovered the fantastic world of spider research. She came to the University of Nottingham at the end of 2006 to set up the ‘SpiderLab’. This laboratory works on many different projects – all to do with spiders and spider silk. Current projects include experiments to make silk artificially, such as that of the diving bell spider, Argyroneta aquatica, which spins a silken, air-filled dumbbell under water in which it lives. She also works on money spiders, trying to understand how they move around our landscapes – helpfully eating pests in farmers’ fields as they go. Sara is always on the lookout for new spider projects….
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