Im Andenken an die im Frühjahr 2021 verstorbenen Arachnologen John Murphy und Mike Roberts richtet die BAS Anfang Dezember ein offenes Online Symposium aus. Die Beiträge der eingeladenen Redner werden 2022 in "Arachnology" veröffentlicht.
Link zur Website mit Details, Programm und Registrierung: http://www.britishspiders.org.uk/murphy-roberts-symposium
Download des Flyers: https://www.dropbox.com/s/eqsp9wkv0t6kyap/Announcement.pdf?dl=0
John Murphy and Mike Roberts Memorial Symposium
Great Names in British and World Arachnology
It was with great sadness we heard of the deaths of two of Britain's arachnological giants, John Murphy and Dr Mike Roberts. Both were long-time Honorary Members of the BAS and had made major contributions to our understanding and identification of spiders both here and internationally. John, and his wife Frances, were instrumental in encouraging and nurturing many of the arachnologists active in Britain today and collaborated with international figures in furthering the taxonomy of spiders, particularly those from the Far East. Frances was an inspirational and memorable, if somewhat daunting, tutor on training courses, and pioneered techniques for rearing and photographing spiders in captivity. More recently, John, in collaboration with Mike, produced two major taxonomic works published by the BAS, Gnaphosid Genera of the World (2 vols, 2007) and Spider Families of the World (2 vols, 2015), with John supplying the text and Mike the superb drawings. Mike is perhaps best known for his magisterial Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland (3 vols, 1985, 1987), still the go-to identification guide, and his influential Collins Field Guide to Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe (1995), a volume that opened up spider identification to new generations of arachnologists. Mike also was enthusiastic about passing on his knowledge and ran highly successful and long-remembered field courses.
This symposium celebrates the lives and works of John and Mike. Frances died in 1995, but we also celebrate her legacy through two presentations dedicated to the contributions of women to arachnology in Britain and more widely.