Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal BSc., MPhil., Ph.D., FLS., CBiol., CSci., MRSB. FRES.

                                                                                                                                     FRGS., FBNA.

                                                                            (Fellow of the Zoological Society of London)                                                                     


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I am currently work at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies. My area of study is arachnology and my dissertation focuses on the biodiversity of three orb-weaving spider families. For my Mphil. I looked at the autecology of web-building spiders. However, I study a variety of spider families found in the Neotropics.


The number of spider species currently known stands at about 40,000, of a total of perhaps 170,000 species. The worldwide spider fauna is thus still far from completely known, especially in the Neotropics, northern South America and the Caribbean.

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      Current Research

My current research is a series of biodiversity studies on three orb-weaving spider families, Araneidae, Nephilidae and Tetragnathidae.


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      Other Research Projects

I have conducted preliminary studies on the spider fauna of other Eastern Caribbean islands, including St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Antigua, Grenada, Montserrat and St. Lucia.


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Department of Life Sciences

University of the West Indies

St. Augustine, Trinidad

West Indies





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