Introducing Richard Vetter, M.S.
My interviewee is Richard Vetter, M.S.; he is an arachnologist who is well known for challenging the idea that hobo spiders cause necrotic skin lesions and that brown recluse bites occur in the Pacific Northwest (the spiders do not occur in this part of the United States, thus the bites are pretty much impossible).
Portrait of Richard Vetter. Photograph. n.d. Urban Entomology: Richard S. Vetter, M.S. University of California - Riverside. Web. 4 April 2014.
He has published many studies and editorials on the subject. Vetter was an arachnologist at the University of California - Riverside in the Entomology Department but is now retired. He plans on being active in research and other academic activities even in his retirement. While his previous research was more centered toward toxic spiders and behavior, he plans on now doing more research on spitting spiders and arachnophobia.
Vetter's page at UCR lists some of his research interests as well as publications: http://urban.ucr.edu/vetter.html
The interview took place on March 14, 2014 from 3:00 - 3:23 PM over the phone.
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