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Expedition Report: Norman Platnick in Chile

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Face, with beard and glasses, of curator emeritus Norman Platnick
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The American Museum of Natural History has approximately 200 working scientists who undertake more than 100 expeditions a year, doing original research and expanding the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts. The Expedition Report podcast series offers an insider’s look at what it’s like to live and work in the field. Academic pursuits combine with adventure—whether racing against the cold in Antarctica, scouting reclusive snakes in Madagascar, or keeping one step ahead of the chainsaws in the rainforest.

In this episode, curator emeritus Norman Platnick discusses his trek through the highly diverse habitats of Chile in search of spider species found nowhere else in the world.

Dr. Platnick is a renowned spider taxonomist and maintains the World Spider Catalog, a regularly updated list of every described species of spider. He himself has described thousands of species, and has traveled around the world to do so, including to Australia, Ecuador, and Chile.



Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (17 mins, 21 MB)


For more about Dr. Platnick's research, watch his profile here:

In this Science Bulletin, see Dr. Platnick in the field in Ecuador: