Scorpions are an enigmatic group of animals: though recognized and feared by all, there are many aspects of their biology that remain a mystery. These unique creatures are found everywhere from the world’s highest mountain ranges to caverns 600 meters below sea level. They fluoresce under ultraviolet light, exhibit complex courtship rituals, and may even hold the key to curing some forms of cancer. Nonetheless, there are still dozens of new species discovered each year and basic natural history of these secretive animals is still in many ways unknown to us. Biologist Lauren Esposito will discuss the fascinating world of scorpions, the discoveries we have made, and some of the mysteries that remain to be explored.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Lauren Esposito is a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. Lauren’s doctoral dissertation was completed at the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the City University of New York and focused on the medically important North American scorpion genus Centruroides. Her current research focuses on trying to understand the patterns and processes of evolution in scorpions and spiders that have led to the present day biodiversity hotspot of the Caribbean.