Arachnid biogeography in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is a global biodiversity hotspot, yet historical influences on taxonomic diversity in the region are not well understood. An international group of arachnologists is undergoing a large-scale inventory of arachnids on the Caribbean. We are collecting multiple lineages and comparing their biogeographic histories to uncover shared patterns of divergence in space and time. This summer will involve taking high resolution images of arachnids to help delineate species that we have identified using molecular tools. With these images we will work to identify morphological characteristics associated with species boundaries.