Staff Profiles

Norman I. Platnick

Curator Emeritus, Division of Invertebrate Zoology
Professor Emeritus, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Education

      • Harvard University, Ph.D., 1973
      • Michigan State University, M.S., 1970
      • Concord College , B.S., 1968
  • Research Interests

    Research 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.

  • Publications

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience