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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 2001

Supplement: Biographies of Arachnologists
G. B. Edwards

Glavis Bernard (G. B.) Edwards, Jr., was born in Aberdeen, Maryland, 24 November 1948. As a teenager, he became interested in the behavior of spiders, especially that of jumping spiders, who usually were victorious when placed against other spiders of similar size. Phidippus audax was often the heroine in these contests. He graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he was well-known for his interest in "bugs." G. B. obtained a B.S. from the University of Maryland in Entomology. He was employed in the Entomology Department as a part-time curator of the arachnid collection developed by Martin H. Muma. This gave him his first opportunity to examine many kinds of identified spiders. G. B. also developed an interest in the use of spiders for biological control. He discovered that a professor doing research on that topic, Dr. Willard H. Whitcomb, was at the University of Florida. He obtained a graduate assistantship at that institution, graduating with a M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology while working on spiders in soybeans, and on life history, ecology, mimicry, predatory behavior, courtship behavior, and taxonomy of the jumping spider genus Phidippus. A continued interest in theses topics has expanded to include all jumping spiders, feeding a thriving interest in the biodiversity of this family. He has over 60 publications; most have been on spiders, but some on butterflies, centipedes, millipedes, and thrips. He has been employed by the FDACS/DPI for over 23 years, and has been the curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda for most of that time. He enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, participating in his hobbies of playing golf, volleyball, and chess, and, of course, collecting spiders. See also list publications and photographs by G. B. Edwards .

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