AAS Australasian Arachnological Society

Australasian Arachnologists

The following list contains scientists and amateurs working in the Australasian region or working on arachnological systems of the Australasian region. All arachnologist are encouraged to let us know if their listing requires an update.

The Australasian Arachnological Society is able to provide a personal web site for you. If you are interested in this service, please contact Volker Framenau. An example and template of a personal web site can be found on Barbara Baehr’s site.


New South Wales

Macquarie University, Sydney

Astrid Heiling
E-Mail: astrid.heiling@univie.ac.at
Web: http://www.univie.ac.at/zoologie/ecophys/heiling.htm
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Araneidae, Thomisidae
Mariella Herberstein
E-Mail: m.herberstein@bio.mq.edu.au
Web: http://www.bio.mq.edu.au/behaviouralecology/
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Araneidae, Thomisidae
Phil Taylor
E-Mail: phil@galliform.bhs.mq.edu.au
Web: http://galliform.bhs.mq.edu.au/~phil/
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Salticidae, Lycosidae

Australian Museum

Mike Gray
E-Mail: mikeg@austmus.gov.au
Web: http://www.amonline.net.au/sand/news/gray.htm
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Atrax
Helen Smith
E-Mail: hsmith@austmus.gov.au
Web: http://www.amonline.net.au/spiders/staff/smith.htm
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Behavioural Ecology, Araneidae: Poltys, Stiphidiidae
Graham Milledge
E-Mail: grahamm@austmus.gov.au
Web: http://www.amonline.net.au/spiders/staff/milledge.htm
Research Interests:

Other New South Wales Institutions

Richard Faulder, Yanco Agricultural Institute
E-Mail: rfaulder@iinet.net.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy, Missulena
Geoff Isbister
E-Mail: gsbite@ferntree.com
Web: http://www.users.bigpond.com/gsbite/index.htm
Research Interests: Medical effects of spider bites
Cathy Car, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
E-Mail: ccar@csu.edu.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Thomisidae
Sydney Lee Jordan, Zoology Dept, University of New England
E-Mail: sjordan2@pobox.une.edu.au
Research Interests: Behaviour, Phylogeny & Ecology, Mygalomorphae
Mary Whitehouse, CSIRO Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri
E-Mail: Mary.Whitehouse@csiro.au
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Spiders in Agroecosystems


Queensland Museum

Claudia Arango
E-Mail: claudia.arango@qm.qld.gov.au
Web: http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Pycnogonida
Barbara Baehr
E-Mail: BarbaraB@qm.qld.gov.au
Web: http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/
AAS-homepage: Barbara Baehr
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Hersiliidae, Zodariidae, Prodidomidae
Robert Raven
E-Mail: RobertR@qm.qld.gov.au
Web: http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Biogeography, Mygalomorphae, Miturgoids
Owen Seeman
E-Mail: Owen.Seeman@qm.qld.gov.au
AAS-homepage: Owen Seeman
Research Interests: Systematics and ecology of mites living on other arthropods; Tetranychidae
Tracey Churchill
E-Mail: 774337@tpg.com.au
Web: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/zoology/Sites/sites_churchill.html
Web: http://savanna.ntu.edu.au/research/studies/vrdms.html
Research Interests: Research Interests: Spider community ecology, spiders as ecological indicators, Barychelidae, Theraphosidae, Zodariidae


Martha Yanez Smith, Faul St, Aspley
E-Mail: marcmartha@bigpond.com
Research Interests: Taxonomy & Ecology, Theraphosidae, esp. Brachypelma

Australian Capital Territory

Australian National University

David Rowell
E-Mail: David.Rowell@anu.edu.au
Research Interests: Genetics, Delena cancerides

Australian National Insect Collection

Bruce Halliday, Curator of Arachnids
E-Mail: Bruce.Halliday@csiro.au
Web: http://www.csiro.au/people/Bruce.Halliday.html
Research Interests: Acarology
Barry Richardson
E-Mail: barrysalt@bigpond.com, barry.richardson@csiro.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy, Systematics and Biogeography, Salticidae


University of Melbourne

Anna Cutler
E-Mail: annareecutler@hotmail.com
Research Interests: Spiders in Agroecosystems, Lycosidae
Mark Elgar
E-Mail: m.elgar@unimelb.edu.au
Web: http://www.zoology.unimelb.edu.au/aboutus/staff/index.php?45,4
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Araneidae (Nephila, Argiope), Salticidae, Lycosidae
Melinda Moir
E-Mail: mmoir@unimelb.edu.au
Web: http://members.westnet.com.au/cryptobarsac/MLMoir.htm
Research Interests: Biodiversity, conservation and restoration reassembly of invertebrates

Northern Territory

Western Australia

Western Australian Museum

Volker Framenau
E-Mail: volker.framenau@museum.wa.gov.au
Web: http://www.lycosidae.info/identification/australia/
AAS-homepage: Volker Framenau
Research Interests: taxonomy and systematics, behavioural ecology, Araneidae, Lycosidae, Selenopidae
Mark Harvey
E-Mail: mark.Harvey@museum.wa.gov.au
Web: http://www.museum.wa.gov.au/
AAS-homepage: Mark Harvey
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics: smaller arachnid orders, Nephila, Selenopidae
Ricardo Ott
E-Mail: ricardo.ott@museum.wa.gov.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy and systematics of Goblin Spiders (Oonopidae), Ecology
Julianne Waldock
E-Mail: -
Web: http://www.museum.wa.gov.au/
AAS-homepage: Julianne Waldock
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Salticidae: Maratus

University of Western Australia

Karen Edward
E-Mail: karen.edward@gmail.com
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics of Goblin Spiders (Oonopidae), Myriapoda
Peter Langlands
E-Mail: don_quixote@mail.com
Web: Peter Langlands at UWA
Research Interests: Ecosystem and Community Ecology, Conservation, Disturbance by fire, Evaluation of sampling techniques
Barbara Main
E-Mail: bymain@cyllene.uwa.edu.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Ecology, Behaviour, Mygalomorphae
Michael Rix
E-Mail: rixm01@student.uwa.edu.au
AAS-homepage: Michael Rix
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Biogeography and Short-Range Endemism, Micro-Araneae, Palpimanoidea, Araneoidea, Schizomida

Department of Environment and Conservation

Karl Brennan
E-Mail: karl.brennan@dec.wa.gov.au
Web: http://www.members.westnet.com.au/cryptobarsac/kecbrennan.htm
Research Interests: Community Ecology (species diversity, disturbance); Conservation Biology (habitat fragmentation, sampling protocols); Landscape Ecology (spatial patterning); Restoration Ecology (re-assembly trajectories)
Brad Durrant
E-Mail: bradleyd@calm.wa.gov.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Zodariidae, Lamponidae, Biogeography, Ecosystem and Community Ecology

Private Sector

Erich Volschenk
E-Mail: alacran01@gmail.com
Web: Ecologia Environment
Research Interests: Systematics of Scorpiones: Buthidae, Urodacidae, Liochelidae

South Australia

South Australian Museum

David Hirst
E-Mail: hirst.david@saugov.sa.gov.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Sparassidae

Adelaide University

Andy Austin
E-Mail: andy.austin@adelaide.edu.au
Web: http://nesuab.ees.adelaide.edu.au/
Web: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/andy.austin
Research Interests: Systematics, Molecular Systematics, Lycosidae, Spider Parasites
Peter Hudson
E-Mail: peter.hudson@adelaide.edu.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy, ecology and physiology of terrestrial invertebrates living on dry salt lakes, Lycosidae
Nick Murphy
E-Mail: Nicholas.Murphy@adelaide.edu.au
Web: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/nicholas.murphy
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Molecular Systematics, Lycosidae

Arid Areas Catchment Water Management Board

Travis Gotch
E-Mail: gotch.travis@saugov.sa.gov.au
Research Interests: Ecology of Great Artesian Basin Springs, Lycosidae


Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Lisa Boutin
E-Mail: lisajoyb@yahoo.com, Lisa.Boutin@qvmag.tas.gov.au
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Clubionidae

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Liz Turner
E-Mail: liz.turner@tmag.tas.gov.au
Web: http://www.tmag.tas.gov.au
Research Interests: General Taxonomy and Ecology


Robert Jackson
E-Mail: robert.jackson@canterbury.ac.nz
Web: http://www.biol.canterbury.ac.nz/people/jacksonr.shtml
Research Interests: Animal cognition (perception, search images, selective attention, problem solving, decision making), communication systems, conditional predatory strategies, predator-prey co-evolution and aggressive mimicry.
Simon Pollard
E-Mail: spollard@cantmus.govnt.nz
Research Interests:
Phil Sirvid
E-Mail: phils@tepapa.govt.nz
Web: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/
Research Interests: Taxonomy and systematics (particularly for NZ spiders), Thomisidae, hadrotarsine TheridiidaeOverseas Arachnologists working on Australasian fauna
Cor Vink
E-Mail: cor.vink@arachnology.org; cor.vink@agresearch.co.nz
AAS-homepage: Cor J. Vink
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Molecular Phylogeny, Lycosidae


Matt Bruce, Behavioural Biology, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
E-Mail: M.J.Bruce@bio.uu.nl
Web: http://www.freewebs.com/metko/index.htm
Research Interests: Function of web decorations in orb-web spiders; Phylogeny of spiders in the genus Argiope; Spider foraging and anti-predator behaviour.
Roberta Engel, University of Connecticut (USA)
E-Mail: engellaohi@yahoo.com
Web: Research Interests: Speciation and molecular phylogeny of pseudoscorpions, island biogeography, Synsphyronus
Danilo Harms, Museum für Naturkunde, Humbold Universität Berlin, Germany
E-Mail: danilo.harms@gmx.de
AAS-homepage: Danilo Harms
Research Interests: pirate spiders (Mimetidae) of Australasia and Africa, palaeontology of pirate spiders, phylogeny of pseudoscorpions of the family Chthoniidae
Joseph Koh, Singapore High Commission, Brunei
E-Mail: joseph_koh@mfa.gov.sg
Web: http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/spiders
Research Interests: Taxonomy & Systematics, Southeast Asian spiders
Daiqin Li, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Singapore
E-Mail: dbslidq@nus.edu.sg
Web: http://www.dbs.nus.edu.sg/Staff/li.html
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Communication, Salticidae, Biodiversity of Tropical Spiders.
Vladimir Ovtsharenko, American Museum of Natural History (USA)
E-Mail: ovtshare@amnh.org
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Gnaphosoids
Sarina Pearce, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol (UK)
E-Mail: S.Pearce@bristol.ac.uk
Web: http://www.insectecology.com/
Research Interests: Spider ecology in agroecosystems, spider ballooning and movement in broad-acre cropping regions, conservation biocontrol of crop pests using spiders and predatory insects, predator-prey interactions.
Norman Platnick, American Museum of Natural History (USA)
E-Mail: platnick@amnh.org
Web: The World Spider Catalog, Version 5.5
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Gnaphosoids
Linda Rayor, Cornell University, Ithaca (USA)
E-Mail: LSR1@cornell.edu
Web: http://www.entomology.cornell.edu/Faculty_Staff/Rayor/
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Social behavior & mother-offspring interactions, Sparassidae (especially Delena cancerides), Amblypygi
Silke Rickers, Department of Biology, Technical University Darmstadt (Germany)
E-Mail: rickers@bio.tu-darmstadt.de
Web: http://www.bio.tu-darmstadt.de/zoology/Scheu/People/rickers/rickers.htm
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Biological Invasions, Sand Dune Ecology, Lycosidae
Nikolaj Scharff, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
E-Mail: nscharff@snm.ku.dk
Web: http://www.zmuc.dk/entoWeb/staff/nscharff.htm
Research Interests: Phylogeny and comparative morphology of spiders; phylogeny and taxonomy of the spider superfamily Orbicularia in particular; historical biogeography of the spider fauna of the Southern Hemisphere, in particular the Afromontane spider fauna; species richness estimations of spiders in tropical ecosystems; functional morphology of spider genitalia
Jutta Schneider, University of Hamburg (Germany)
E-Mail: js@gilgamesh.de
Web: http://spider.gilgamesh.de/
Web: http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/zim/ethologie/#Schneider
Research Interests: Behavioural Ecology, Nephila
Jung-Sun Yoo, National Institute of Biological Resources, Incheon (Republic of Korea)
E-Mail: nyjs@yahoo.com
Web: -
AAS-homepage: Jung-Sun Yoo
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Wolf Spiders (Lycosidae) and other ground dwelling spiders
Mark Zabka
E-Mail: marekzabka@ap.siedlce.pl
Research Interests: Taxonomy and Systematics, Salticidae

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