10/26/2017 Update by Tabitha Jones during the Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017:
Teacher Argonaut Tabitha Jones is from Pennsboro, West Virginia and teaches in Doddridge County Schools. She shared her journal entry from the second week of the Penang Hill BioBlitz in which she recounts her change in attitude about spiders after working with Dr. Lauren Esposito, an arachnologist from California Academy of Sciences.
Wow what an experience! As long as I’ve remembered I have been totally and utterly repulsed by spiders. Never in my life did I think it was possible for someone to make me think spiders were anything but disgusting creatures from which to flee. Dr. Lauren Esposito did exactly that.