Sarah D. Stellwagen, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist

Department of Biological Sciences
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

sstellw@umbc.edu

sarah.stellwagen@gmail.com

I am an assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County broadly interested in research using arachnids. Currently, I am working with Dr. Mercedes Burns studying population genetics of Japanese facultative parthenogenic harvestmen. Using Oxford Nanopore, I am sequencing the genome of the polyploid species Leiobunum manubriatum in an effort to understand their mixed ploidy and sexual/asexual reproductive modes. I also have a background in spider silk research, and am interested in the biomechanical properties and genetics of silk, particularly the aggregate glue that orb-weaving spiders deposit on the capture spiral silk of their webs.