Learn about how research in the Hebets Lab uncovered the remarkable ability of breathing under water in arachnids from the Florida Keys; described how and why males of one species of fishing spider sacrifice themselves in the name of love; and verified the importance of enormous eyes in spiders with an unusual hunting strategy, among others.
Live vicariously through the adventures of the Hebets Lab; from Costa Rica, to Australia, to the Florida Keys and just about everywhere in between.
Explore the fascinating world of animal communication through the sensory system of arachnids and learn about some unusual behavioral strategies that arachnids employ during foraging, mating, and navigation.
The Hebets Lab is synonymous with FUN! Check our annual pumpkin carving party, our annual white elephant holiday party, and the numerous, numerous lab lunches and happy hours.
Find out about the numerous ways in which our laboratory engages the community in science and scientific education, including summer camps, after-school science programs, events hosted through the Nebraska State Natural History Museum and other community partners, and most importantly, Eight-Legged Encounters.
Curiosity, ambition, tenacity, passion, enthusiasm, creativity, kindness, hard-work and teamwork are all ingredients in the recipe for success… and Hebets Lab members have these in abundance.
All animals depend on sensory systems to gather and process environmental information integral to their success. We use various arachnids to investigate the form and function of different sensory systems.
Jay Stafstrom won first place in the student poster competition at the 38 th annual Biology Graduate Student Association Symposium (spring 2016).
Following an invitation by NSF, most of the Hebets Lab (and colleagues from across the country) traveled to Washington DC to put on a mini Eight-Legged Encounters for the USA Science and Engineering Festival…it was AMAZING!!!