Paul Marek is the namesake for the relatively non-threatening and docile "Aphonopelma mareki, a black dwarf tarantula related to the better known, considerably larger, and more hairy species of tarantulas," according to a press release from Tech.
Marek calls these tarantulas "the puppies of the spider world.” The press release says the tarantula named for Marek "is part of a 55 species-naming extravaganza that took his colleague Brent Hendrixson of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, 16 years to fully catalogue." The collection was recently published.
|Paul Marek of Virginia Tech|
"He is an exceptional evolutionary biologist, educator, mentor, and advocate for biodiversity research. He is also a great friend and a lot of fun in the field.”