- Harvard University, Ph.D., 1973
- Michigan State University, M.S., 1970
- Concord College , B.S., 1968
Research InterestsResearch Interests
Dr. Platnick’s current research focuses on the spider family Oonopidae (the goblin spiders). He heads a National Science Foundation-funded Planetary Biodiversity Inventory project that aims to complete a global revision of these spiders. Over 45 arachnologists in 12 countries are involved in the project. Although only about 500 species of these small spiders had been described when the project began, that number is now over 1,000 and we estimate that there are actually about 2,500 species. Most of these species have very small geographic ranges and are therefore likely to be highly informative for studying historical biogeography and establishing conservation priorities.
Platnick, N. I., and W. J. Gertsch. 1976. The suborders of spiders: A cladistic analysis (Arachnida, Araneae). Amer. Mus. Novitates, no. 2607, pp. 1-15, figs. 1-18.
Nelson, G., and N. I. Platnick. 1981. Systematics and biogeography: Cladistics and vicariance. Columbia University Press, New York, xi + 567 pp.
Forster, R. R., and N. I. Platnick. 1985. A review of the austral spider family Orsolobidae (Arachnida, Araneae), with notes on the superfamily Dysderoidea. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., vol. 181, pp. 1-229, figs. 1-889.
Forster, R. R., N. I. Platnick, and M. R. Gray. 1987. A review of the spider superfamilies Hypochiloidea and Austrochiloidea (Araneae, Araneomorphae). Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., vol. 185, pp. 1-116, figs. 1-400.
Platnick, N. I., J. A. Coddington, R. R. Forster, and C. E. Griswold. 1991. Spinneret morphology and the phylogeny of haplogyne spiders (Araneae, Araneomorphae). Amer. Mus. Novitates, no. 3016, pp. 1-73, figs. 1-311, tables 1-3.
Platnick, N. I. 1991. Advances in spider taxonomy 1988-1991, with synonymies and transfers 1940-1980. New York: New York Entomological Society, v + 846 pp.
Platnick, N. I. 1999. Dimensions of biodiversity: targeting megadiverse groups. In Cracraft, J. and F. T. Grifo (eds.), The Living Planet in Crisis: Biodiversity Science and Policy. Columbia Univ. Press, New York, pp. 33-52.
Platnick, N. I. 2002. A revision of the Australasian ground spiders of the families Ammoxenidae, Cithaeronidae, Gallieniellidae, and Trochanteriidae (Araneae: Gnaphosoidea). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 271, pp. 1-243, figs. 1-661, maps 1-50.
Platnick, N. I., and N. Dupérré. 2010. The Andean goblin spiders of the new generaNiarchosandScaphios(Araneae, Oonopidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 345, pp. 1-120, figs. 1-920.
Platnick, N. I., N. Abrahim, F. Álvarez-Padilla, D. Andriamalala, B.C. Baehr, L. Baert, A.B. Bonaldo, A.D. Brescovit, N. Chousou-Polydouri, N. Dupérré, B. Eichenberger, W. Fannes, E. Gaublomme, R.G. Gillespie, C.J. Grismado, C.E. Griswold, M.S. Harvey, A. Henrard, G. Hormiga, M.A. Izquierdo, R. Jocqué, Y. Kranz-Baltensperger, C. Kropf, R. Ott, M.J. Ramírez, R.J. Raven, C.A. Rheims, G.R.S. Ruiz, A.J. Santos, A. Saucedo, P. Sierwald, T. Szüts, D. Ubick, and X.-P. Wang. 2012. Tarsal organ morphology and the phylogeny of goblin spiders (Araneae, Oonopidae), with notes on basal genera. American Museum Novitates no 3736, pp. 1-52, figs. 1-329.
Teaching ExperienceTeaching Experience
- Adjunct Professor, Cornell University, 1988–present
- Adjunct Professor, CUNY, 1978–present
- Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, 1999–present
- Seminar in Zoogeography, CUNY, 1980–1981, 1988
- Joyce Fassbender, CUNY
- Xin Ping Wang, Cornell University
- Diana Silva, Cornell University
- Kefyn Catley, Cornell University
- Pablo Goloboff, Cornell University
- Priyantha Wijesinghe, CUNY
- Bonnie Bain, CUNY
- Joyce Fassbender, CUNY (chair)
- Gundmundur Gudmundsson, CUNY
- Kurt Johnson, CUNY
- George Engelmann, Columbia University
- John Kochalka, University of Vermont
- Iris Goldfarb, CUNY