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Craig Hieber, Ph.D. (Memoriam)

Research Interests and Background

Prof. HieberProf. Craig Hieber's research background encompassed the ecology, behavior, physiology, and evolution of terrestrial arthropods. He was primarily interested in how spiders solve the everyday problems that they face within their respective habitats. His research included work on mating and reproductive strategies (in flies and spiders), parasite foraging, spider anti-predator strategies, host-parasite interactions between spiders and their egg-sac predators, spider egg-sac architecture, colonial spiders, colony size and parasite load, and evolution and adaptation. He worked in North Dakota, Florida, Costa Rica, and, most recently, with George W. Uetz, Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati) in tropical and desert Mexico. For a more complete description of his research, including a listing of publications, see his research page.

Independent Research Projects

His senior research students studied various parts of the research mentioned above including aspects of spider foraging decisions and, the community organization of carrion flies.


Craig Hieber had an impact on the lives of his students, friend and colleagues. We have assembled their final thoughts and condolences to Craig's family and friends together on a special page in memory of Craig. There is also a professional tribute to Craig from the American Arachnological Society.

Craig wrote a short autobiography so his students could see him as a person as well as a professor of biology. It is written in his truly eloquent, thorough and whimsical style.

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