School of Animal Biology
The University of Western Australia
35 Sterling Highway
Crawley, WA 6009
Western Australian Museum, Department of Terrestrial Zoology
I am interested in the evolution, biogeography and distribution of arachnids, with a particular emphasis on the Australasian fauna. Previous research projects have focussed on the systematics and taxonomy of spiders, but I have recently become interested in biogeographic questions and conservation biology: the response of species to climate variations, the diversification of invertebrate lineages relating to landscape evolution, and the identification and management of biodiversity refugia.
Particular Research Projects
- Biogeography of arachnids and other invertebrates
- Terrestrial invertebrate conservation
- Species delimitation in theory and practice
- The future of species under climate change
- Spider and pseudoscorpion systematics / taxonomy
- 2009 – 2014: Ph.D., University of Western Australia. Thesis: The evolution of mesic biomes: insights from an ancient lineage of arachnids.
- 2007: Master of Science, Free University of Berlin, majoring in Zoology, Molecular Biology and Animal Physiology. Thesis: Phylogeny of pirate spiders (Arachnida: Araneae: Mimetidae) with reference to the Australasian fauna.
- 2005: Bachelor of Science, Free University of Berlin, with exams in Zoology, Botany, Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Physics.
- American Arachnological Society
- Australasian Arachnological Society
- Australian Entomological Society
- International Biogeography Society
- International Society of Arachnology
- Society of Australian Systematic Biologists
All my publications are available on ResearchGate
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