A faculty member in the Department of Entomology at Cornell, Linda Rayor has won numerous teaching awards for her courses on spider biology and insect behavior as well as for her course on how to do effective scientific outreach. She directs a large K-12 science outreach program that emphasizes backyard biology and natural history in Central New York. Her behavioral research has focused on the costs and benefits of group living in predatory arthropods, particularly large Australian huntsman spiders.
Linda's a TV star, too! Linda recently appeared in the six-episode Monster Bug Wars series on the Discovery Science channel. She is one of two on-camera scientists talking about the behavior and biology of the show's featured creatures. Clips of the show can be viewed here.