Claudia Copley

Entomology Collections Manager and Researcher

Claudia Copley has been a collection manager at the Royal BC Museum since 2004. She is responsible for maintaining the entomology collection, which includes insects, arachnids and myriapods, a collection with more than half a million specimens.

Each year, during the summer field season, you will find Claudia exploring an area of British Columbia with collecting equipment in hand. Currently an area of collection focus is an attempt to document the spider fauna in the province, especially at high elevations. Approximately 1,000 species are expected to be found, and the final product of these surveys will be a handbook to the spiders of British Columbia.


Claudia’s graduate degree was focused on the spider fauna of the ancient forests in the Carmanah Valley, but her interests include everything entomological.

Areas of Interest

Terrestrial arthropods

Spiders: distribution, life history

Insects: distributions, anthropogenic impacts, invasive species

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Latest Articles

Research Gate Profile

July 8, 2020 2:52 pm

See Claudia’s Research Gate profile, which includes her recent publications and peer reviewed articles.  

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Araneae of Canada

February 5, 2019 2:23 pm

Robb Bennett¹, Gergin Blagoev², Claudia Copley¹ 1 Department of Entomology, Natural History Section, Royal British Columbia Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8W […]

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