Chancellor Miller Shares Research Expertise with Local Rotary Chapter

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

UNCW Chancellor Gary L. Miller explored the human fear of and fascination with spiders during a Wilmington Rotary Club presentation on Jan. 21. "Spiders make great pets," said the chancellor, an ecologist and former associate editor of the Journal of Arachnology, who specialized in the behaviors of wolf spiders, a species commonly found in Southeastern North Carolina.

The chancellor quoted Charlotte's Web author E.B. White: "Spiders are skillful, amusing and useful, and only in rare instances has anybody ever to come grief because of a spider." According to Chancellor Miller, spiders are among the oldest species on Earth. Over time, they have evolved into "ferocious predators" that thrive in diverse environments. "Every person lives within about four feet of a spider," he said. "There's probably one hiding under your table right now!"

Chancellor Miller was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.