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Associate Professor, Curator
Natural History Museum of DenmarkUniversitetsparken 152100 København Ø
Museet - Bygn.11, 2-4-433Phone: +45 353-21107Phone (Reception desk): +45 353-21120E-mail:
Phylogeny and comparative morphology of spiders in general. Phylogeny and taxonomy of the spider superfamily Orbicularia in particular. Historical biogeography of the spider fauna of the Southern Hemisphere, and in particular the Afromontane spider fauna. Species richness estimations of spiders in tropical ecosystems. Functional morphology of spider genitalia.
CurationCurator of Arachnid Collection. Asssitant curator Jan Pedersen
Browse the Arachnida Collection and Primary Types.
Currently, my research focus on the phylogeny and comparative morphology of spiders in general. Various ongoing projects ranging from species level to genus and family level. I am also involved in a faunistic project on Danish spiders.
Complete publication list Participating in the "Tree of Life Project - Phylogeny of Spiders" http://www.zmuc.dk/EntoWeb/arachnology/index.html. Guidelines for scientific research in Tanzania. Checklist to spiders of Greenland
Large-scale biodiversity inventories:
Co-organizing and co-teaching Ph.D. course Phylogenetic systematics and Historical Biogeography. Two weeks in March in uneven years. Entomology: structure, phylogeny and biology of terrestrial arthropods (with other staff members/research associates of the Entomology Department). For 3rd or 4th year students (spring terms). Terrestrial Entomology Field Course. Residential course of 8 days at the Gravgærde Fieldstation, Åkirkeby, Bornholm.
Responsible for ZMUC Scanning Electron Microscope facility (together with Bjarne Bisballe).
Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA. President, International Society of Arachnology 2007-2010. Country representative for International Society of Arachnology. Associate Editor for Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society and Invertebrate Systematics. Member of the editorial committee of Insect Systematics & Evolution, Graellsia, and Folia Entomologica Hungarica.