november, 2018

27nov1:00 pm2:00 pmOf COBRAs and CEBRAs: Studying spider communities through academic and citizen science projectsDR JAGOBA MALUMBRES-OLARTE


Event Details

How can we collect better or more data on biodiversity? Part of the answer to this question lies in how efficiently we use our resources – human and financial but also time- and knowledge-related. The issue of efficiency becomes particularly important when sampling mega-diverse taxa, such as arthropods in tropical forests. Indeed, there are other aspects to consider when designing the sampling: if the sampling protocols are feasible and repeatable and if the resulting data will be comparable.
Optimised and standardised sampling protocols (like the COBRA protocols) can provide excellent quality data, are easy to develop and apply, and thus promote comparability across datasets or sites. In theory, such protocols can be designed for any taxon or system where multiple sampling techniques are used and unit effort per sample is comparable. In my talk, I will show how we use such protocols to investigate different ecological and biogeographic processes – from the processes that cause elevational changes in the tropical spider communities to the ones behind Mediterranean patterns of endemism. Also, I will talk about our ongoing CEBRA project to develop similar protocols for citizen science activities like BioBlitz.

If you are interested in meeting with Jagoba before or after his talk, please contact Niki Khan at


(Tuesday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Dyer's Brae Seminar Room

Dyers Brae, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Greenside Place, Fife, KY16 9TH, UK


Maria Tello Ramos, Niki Khan, Nick Jones