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Michael Draney

Michael Draney













Fall 2013

"Publication of the Rapid Assessment Protocol (RAP) for non-canopy spiders (Araneae)"

Research Scholar


Fall 2012

"Panama Expedition Five of Five: Implementing a Rapid Assessment Protocol (RAP) for spiders and millipedes in tropical rainforest"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "With the grant money, I was able to purchase much-needed supplies for the Rapid Assessment Protocol I have been developing and conducting in Panama and Costa Rica since 2007. The supplies included short (international travel-friendly) flags for marking the sample plots; and propylene glycol, which is a preservative that I can use in Central America, as it is possible to ship samples collected in this liquid to the United States without too much bureaucratic difficulty (ethanol is difficult to manage now). This year, we went to Panama 28 December 2012 to 12 January 2013, with seven students from UW-Green Bay, two from St. Norbert College, and one student that we sponsored from the University of Panama. During the trip, we obtained dry season samples from two sites at a region in western Panama (near Volcan Baru), and from mangrove sites at Punta Galeta Field Station near Colon. At both of these sites, I had previously obtained wet season samples in September 2008, and the dry season samples are a valuable addition to the sampling protocol. We also obtained replicate samples at a site on pipeline road (where we often stay) which will be useful in looking at year-to-year variation in RAP output. Lastly, we also obtained RAP samples from a new site, at the canopy crane at San Lorenzo National Park on the Caribbean side of Panama. This site is one of the best studied rainforest sites in the world for spiders, so we will be able to compare our Rapid Assessment results with a very thorough baseline sample. I purchased fewer vials and less ethanol than I had proposed. These materials will be used this summer and fall, when I participate as the UWGB research scholar and attempt to synthesize the RAP sampling so far into a publication introducing the protocol. Funds remaining were used to reimburse my contacts in Costa Rica, who went to a lot of effort to ship my Costa Rica RAP samples (from January 2011) to the Field Museum of Natural History for processing. I am grateful that these funds could be used to fulfill this obligation at very short notice this past December."


Fall 2011

"Panama Expedition Four of Five: Implementing a Rapid Assessment Protocol (RAP) for spiders and millipedes in tropical rainforest"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2010

"Implementing a Rapid Assessment Protocol (RAP) for spiders and millipedes in a second tropical nation"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2009

"Student-friendly statistical software for ecological research"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2008

"Spiders of Panama: Sabbatical Wet Season Expedition"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2006

"Facilitation of invertebrate voucher series resulting from student research, Part II"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2005

"Provide supplies to students when producing vouchers of their specimens for the Richter Museum of Natural History"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2002

"Long-term Storage and Curation of Non-insect Arthropods Resulting from Ecological Research"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2002

Faculty Lecture Series Presenter


Spring 2001

"Survey of Terrestrial Invertebrates of UW-Green Bay Campus and Cofrin Arboretum"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2000

"Presentation at the Arachnological Society Annual Meeting at Transylvania University"

Grant in Aid of Research