AAS Australasian Arachnological Society

Danilo Harms

Danilo Harms
Danilo Harms
Ph.D. Candidate
School of Animal Biology
The University of Western Australia
35 Sterling Highway
Crawley, WA 6009
E-Mail: d.harms01@googlemail.com
Research Associate
Western Australian Museum, Department of Terrestrial Zoology

Research Interests

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

Academic Education

  • 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

You can also email me if you have trouble downloading research articles.

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