Ingi Agnarsson, DrUniversity of Vermont, Burlington, USA
Associate professor at the University of Vermont, USA. His work focuses broadly on arachnid phylogenetics/genomics and biogeography. Agnarsson’s taxonomic expertise is on the family Theridiidae, typically one of the most abundant and species-rich spider families in tropical and subtropical biodiversity inventories. He has published over 100 papers including extensive monographs, and among the first papers on spider phylogenomics, de novo spider genomics, and comparative spider silk biomechanics. He currently runs a massive biodiversity discovery project in the Caribbean (NSF funded “CarBio” project), that is revealing extremely high species richness of spiders, mostly undescribed.
Miquel A. Arnedo, DrBiodiversity Research Institute, University of Barcelona, Spain
He is a systematic and evolutionary biologist, always been amazed at the extraordinary diversity of life. His research focuses on inventorying biodiversity and unraveling the processes that shape temporal and spatial dynamics of life. He studies biological evolution on a phylogenetic framework, boosting traditional natural history studies with modern molecular tools to infer genealogical information, delimit species and accelerate biological inventories. He conducts most of his research on isolated ecosystems (e.g. oceanic islands, caves and mountain tops), which provide test-tube like conditions for the study of evolution, and uses spiders and related arthropods as model systems.
Barbara Baehr, DrQueensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia
Research scientist for spiders at the Zoologische Staatssammlung (Munich, Germany) from 1982 – 1999 and at the Queensland Museum (Brisbane, Australia) since 2000. She is interested in evolution, taxonomy, and systematics of spiders, subject editor for Zootaxa responsible for Nicodamidae, Cycloctenidae, Zodariidae. She was subject editor of the Leichhardt Natural History Volume for the Memoirs of the Queensland Museum (2013). She was an investigator of the NSF funded Goblin Spider PBI project (2006 – 2013). She conducted the spider research on several BushBlitz surveys between 2010 and 2016. She described over 600 new species, mainly Australian spiders of various families: Corinnidae, Hersiliidae, Lycosidae, Prodidomidae, Oonopidae, Orsolobidae, Salticidae, Segestriidae and Zodariidae. With more than 60 taxonomic publications in peer-reviewed journals, including “A Guide to the Spiders of Australia“, she is the most productive taxonomist dealing with the Australian Spider Fauna.
Suresh P. Benjamin, PhDNational Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Professor of ecology and environmental biology with broad interests in all aspects of arachnology. He received a Mag. rer. nat. from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and a PhD from the University of Basel, Switzerland. His current research focus on the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot and aimed at understanding how species are formed (evolution, speciation, adaptive radiation) and lost (habitat loss, extinction) with arachnids as model systems. He spends his time equally in the field and in the lab. In the lab morphological, molecular and behavioral methodology is used to collect the data needed to answer questions of interest. Currently, species-level systematic and ecological work in his lab focus on spiders, earwigs, pseudoscorpions and scorpions. All findings are then shared through papers published in peer reviewed journals and international meetings.
Alexandre Bragio Bonaldo, DrGoeldi Museum, Belèm, Brazil
Alexandre Bragio Bonaldo completed his PhD in biological sciences – zoology, at the Federal University of Paraná in 1999. He received the Rodolfo Von Ihering Prize from the Brazilian Society of Zoology in 1999. His main field of interest is systematics of spiders (mostly from the Neotropical region), and the ecology of Amazonian arachnids. He is titular researcher at the Goeldi Museum and Professor of the Zoology Post-Graduation Program at the Goeldi Museum/ Federal University of Pará. Currently he is coordinator of this program. He advises undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of taxonomy and ecology of arachnids.
Antonio D. Brescovit, DrInstituto Butantan, Laboratório Especial de Coleções Zoológicas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Scientific curator for Arachnida and Myriapoda and director of the Laboratório Especial de Coleções Zoológicas of the Instituto Butantan. His research focuses mainly on the taxonomy of Neotropical spiders (mainly araneomorphs of the families Anyphaenidae, Ctenidae, Gnaphosidae, Palpimanidae). He published more than 300 scientific papers and described more than 400 spider species and 25 genera as new to science. His main interest now is taxonomy and phylogeny of Oonopidae, Caponiidae, Filistatidae, Sicariidae, Tetrablemmidae. Currently, he supervises ten students from Brazil, Argentina and Cuba. Member of the editorial board of Zoologia and Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment; and member of the expert board of the World Spider Catalog. He conducted extensive fieldwork in expeditions in South America to Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.
Paula E Cushing, DrDenver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, USA
Senior Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, USA. Cushing’s work focuses on the phylogenetics, taxonomy, and natural history of arachnids in the order Solifugae. She also manages a project exploring the biodiversity of spiders in the Rocky Mountain / Great Plains ecoregion of the USA. She has described several new species of solifuges and of spiders, and she also studies the evolutionary ecology of spider myrmecophiles, or spider ant-symbionts.
Nadine Dupérré, BScOtonga Foundation, Quito, Ecuador
Research Associate at Otonga Foundation, Quito, Ecuador, and Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Arachnologist and scientific illustrator, currently based in Quito, Ecuador. Her principal research interests are the taxonomy and the biodiversity of spiders, in particular, the study of the unknown spider biodiversity from the Chocó region of Ecuador, an endangered biodiversity hotspot. She has published 67 papers and described 480 species and 11 new genera of spiders as new to science. As a scientific illustrators, she produced more than 5000 illustrations, she is the primary illustrator for the “Spiders of North America, an identification guide to all spider families and genera for North America” (American Arachnological Society, USA). She is also co-author and illustrator for the books “Guide d’identification des Araignées (Araneae) du Québec” and “Spiders of New Zealand”. She serves as taxonomic expert for the family Oonopidae and Linyphiidae for the Caribbean Island Biogeography project and she serves on the Specialist Board of the World Spider Catalog.
Volker Framenau, DrPhoenix Environmental Sciences Pty Ltd, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Director and principal zoologist for a Western Australian environmental consultancy, research associate at the Western Australian Museum and adjunct lecturer at the University of Western Australia. Main research interests are the taxonomy, systematics and evolution of Australian spiders, in particular wolf and orb-weaving spiders (Lycosidae, Araneidae) and the dissemination of biodiversity knowledge to the general public via the web and traditional, printed media. Senior author of the most comprehensive field guide on Australian spiders (published in 2014), an online species-list of Australian spiders and a website on Australian wolf spiders, in addition to more than 60 scientific publications on spiders and other terrestrial invertebrates, in particular ants. Dr Framenau was subject editor of Zootaxa (2006–2009), member of the editorial board of Korean Arachnology (2005–2007) and editor of Australasian Arachnology (2002–2009). He was president of the Society of Australian Systematic Biologist (2007–2009) and since 2002 he is the Administrator of the Australasian Arachnological Society.
Charles Haddad, DrDepartment of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Senior lecturer in entomology with research focusing on spider systematics (Afrotropical Corinnidae, Trachelidae and Salticidae), spider diversity and ecology in South Africa, and the biology of termitophagous and myrmecophagous spiders. He has supervised several MSc and PhD student and is currently involved in supervising further MSc and PhD students. He has published more than 80 papers and described more than 170 species and 11 new genera of spiders as new to science. He is the current Chairman of the African Arachnological Society (AFRAS) and co-hosted the 2005 and 2014 colloquiums of the society. He also is the assistant project manager of the South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA), is on the council of the International Society of Arachnology (ISA), and serves on the Specialist Board of the World Spider Catalogue (WSC).
Bernhard A. Huber, DrArachnology, Alexander Koenig Museum of Zoology, Bonn, Germany
Bernhard Huber’s work focuses on Pholcidae, one of the most species-rich spider families, especially in tropical and subtropical regions. In an integrative approach he combines alpha taxonomy (>650 new species, >250 redescriptions), molecular phylogeny (currently with almost 400 species), evolution (e.g., habitat shift and diversification, sexual selection), and functional morphology (e.g., genital mechanics). He has worked in Austria, Costa Rica, USA, and Germany, and conducted extensive fieldwork in South and Central America, Subsahara Africa, and SE Asia. With >100 publications (60% taxonomic) in peer-reviewed journals, including extensive monographs with up to >500 pages, he has provided the basis for pholcid spiders to be used as models for biogeographic and evolutionary questions and as indicators in conservation studies. His home museum provides facilities for cutting edge molecular work, micro-CT, SEM, microphotography, and histology.
Marco Isaia, DrUniversity of Torino, Torino, Italy
Tenured researcher and lecturer in ecology at the University of Torino, member of the council of the European Society of Arachnology and the expert board of Araneae-Spiders of Europe, he leads the only academic research team on spiders in Italy. He is the contact person for the Italian spider fauna and the national checklist. Main research interests are the taxonomy, systematics and ecology of Italian spiders, in particular cave dwelling fauna. Senior author of the most comprehensive guide on subterranean spiders of the Western Alps (published in 2011), in addition to more than 40 scientific publications on Italian spiders. He is member of the editorial board of Fragmenta Entomologica (founded in 1950, one of the most important journal in Italian entomology) and Arachnologische Mitteilungen. He was host of the XXVIII European Congress of Arachnology in Torino.
Peter Jäger, DrSenckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Scientific curator for Arachnida and Myriapoda. His research focuses mainly on the taxonomy of spiders (Sparassidae worldwide; Araneae in SE Asia and Europe). He published more than 130 scientific papers and described more than 300 spider species as new to science. Although including molecular analyses in several papers his main interest is morphology and its change during the evolution. He supervised more than ten students (PhD, diploma, Msc) from Germany, Laos, Brazil and Albania. Jäger founded in 2012 the Asian Society of Arachnology and hosted congresses in Germany and Laos. He was president of the German speaking Arachnological Society (2004–2010), council member of the International Society of Arachnology (2004 –2010), and is associate editor (Zootaxa) and editorial board member (Acta Arachnologica Sinica). Furthermore, he is co-editor of the World Spider Catalog and expert board member of ‘Spiders of Europe’. He conducted several expeditions and research travels to China and Taiwan (6), Laos (12), Thailand (2), India (2), Singapore (2), Malaysia (2), and Myanmar.
Rudy Jocqué, DrRoyal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
Rudy Jocqué is honorary head of the invertebrates non-insect section of the Royal Museum for Central Africa and has devoted most of his career to the taxonomy of spiders. His main contributions to araneology are a revision on a global scale of the Zodariidae and textbooks on African spiders and on Spider Families of the World, both the latter in collaboration with A. Dippenaar-Schoeman. He authored and co-authored >150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the Afrotropical fauna but also on spiders from all tropical continents. He has described >300 new spider taxa, mainly in the Zodariidae and contributed to the taxonomy of more than 10 families. He created the new Afrotropical family Chummidae based on newly discovered species. His fieldwork was concentrated in many sub-Sahara African countries where he supervised several PhD students. He was president of the International Society of Arachnology (1992-1995) and editor in chief of the Journal of Afrotropical Zoology (2004-2007), which merged into the European Journal of Taxonomy for which he is topic editor.
Christian Kropf, DrNatural History Museum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Chief curator for invertebrates, associate professor at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern. He is responsible curator for the Arachnida collection of the museum and for popularization of science. He is interested in evolution, taxonomy, and systematics of spiders, especially of the haplogyne spider families Oonopidae and Tetrablemmidae, and the orb-weaving Anapidae, in testing the suitability of DNA barcoding for spider taxonomy, and in the functional morphology of the spider body. He published more than 70 scientific articles and book chapters and supervised 26 BSc, MSc and PhD students. He is the Swiss correspondent of the International Society of Arachnology and treasurer of the European Society of Arachnology, a former member of the International Trust of Zoological Nomenclature, co-editor of the World Spider Catalog and the electronic European spider identification key.
Matjaž Kuntner, DrResearch Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Senior researcher at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Research Associate at the Smithsonian, and founder of EZ Lab (http://ezlab.zrc-sazu.si/). His research is on spider systematics, from targeted species discoveries, integrative taxonomy, to phylogenetic analyses of morphological, behavioral and molecular data, biogeographic and phylogeographic analyses, and phylogenomics. He also studies interspecific and intraspecific (intersexual) coevolutionary patterns and their causes, emphasizing the interplay of sexual and natural selection in spiders, through researching the causes and evolutionary correlates of extreme sexual size dimorphism, web gigantism, sexually conflicted behaviors and morphologies, and kleptoparasitism. He also investigates spider ecology, species and clade distributions, and biotic responses to global changes, and tests the utility of DNA barcodes as identification tool for species and higher taxa. Mentors graduate students in Slovenia and China. Author of 100 scientific publications, serves on editorial boards for ZooKeys, PLoS ONE and Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
Shuqiang Li, DrInstitute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Professor of Zoology and head for Department of Invertebrate Zoology. He earned his BSc (1985), M Sc (1988) degree in China and PhD in Germany. He was head of the National Zoological Museum between 1999-2007, and editor in chief for Zoological Systematics between 2010-2015. His research seeks to understand how geological events (e.g. Tethyan changes and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau uplifting) influence the diversification of species and phenotypes and how, in turn, animals adapt to ecological changes. He addresses these questions using a combination of fieldwork, morphological taxonomy, molecular systematics, and phylogenomics. He published more than 300 scientific papers and described more than 500 spider species as new to science. He supervised 25 PhD students from China, Vietnam and Italia, of them 15 are full professors and associate professors now.
Yuri M. Marusik, DrInstitute for Biological Problems of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences, Magadan, Russia
Research scientist. He earned his MSc in 1984, his PhD in 1988, and his Dr. Sc. in 2007 in Russia. Member of editorial boards of Acta Zoological Bulgarica, Arthropoda Selecta, ZooKeys and Zoology in the Middle East. His research is connected with the taxonomy and distribution of different spider families. He described over 500 new spider taxa both extant and fossil, including 38 new genera and 2 subfamilies from tropics to high Arctic. He published over 400 papers together with colleagues from over 25 countries.
Peter Michalik, DrZoological Institute & Museum, University of Greifswald, Germany
Curator of the Zoological Museum of the University of Greifswald with a strong research interest in evolutionary morphology, taxonomy and systematics of arachnids especially of the spider groups Austrochiloidea, Synspermiata and Palpimanoidea. Besides numerous contributions on the evolution of reproductive systems in spiders, his research focusses on the taxonomy and systematics of Australian and New Zealand spiders. He has a strong background in a variety of morphological methods including micro-CT and TEM. Michalik published more than 60 scientific articles and book chapters and serves as associate editor in the Journal of Arachnology and Zoologischer Anzeiger – A Journal of Comparative Zoology. Furthermore, he is an ordinary council member of the International Society of Arachnology and the German Arachnological Society.
Kirill G. Mikhailov, DrZoological Museum, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Curator of the arachnid collection (Acari excluded) at the Zoological Museum, Lomonosov Moscow State University, since 1983; Director of the Moscow Branch of the Russian Entomological Society; Arthropoda Selecta and Russian Entomological Journal, editor-in-chief in both; member of the editorial board in several scientific journals in Russia. His field of interests in arachnology includes taxonomy of Clubionidae, spider nomenclature, spider fauna of Russia and adjacent countries, or former USSR territories. Author of several check-lists of spiders of this region (1997, 2013) and of the Bibliographia Araneologica Rossica (2012). He described ca. 60 spider species as new to science. He gives lectures on arachnology at the Departments of Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, since 2000 and 2001, respectively.
Jeremy A. Miller, DrNaturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands and Plazi.org, Bern, Switzerland
Senior Research Scientist in the Next Generation Biodiversity Discovery group at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. He uses a combination of morphology and DNA sequence data to investigate patterns of biodiversity in spider communities. His work in spider taxonomy follows an open access cybertaxonomic model. In addition to traditional publications, elements of his taxonomic work are distributed online to an assortment of databases and resources. With primary data aggregated according to community standards, it becomes possible to reuse and recombine data without restrictions. He is a council member of the International Society of Arachnology, and a subject editor for Zootaxa, ZooKeys, and Biodiversity Data Journal.
Wolfgang Nentwig, DrInstitute for Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Professor of ecology with broad interests in agroecology (set aside, augmentation of beneficials, renewable resource plants, transgenic crops), biological control of pests and weeds and the ecology of invasive species. Special interests in the ecology of spiders (biochemistry and ecology of spider venom, macroecology of spiders, spider systematics, barcoding). Since 1998, editor in chief of the electronic European spider identification key, since 2013 organizing board of the World Spider Catalog, since 2014 president of the European Society of Arachnology. More than 20 national and international major grant projects. 19 book publications (authored, co-authored, edited, co-edited), 25 book chapters, about 200 journal publications (ISI standards). Supervision of more than 100 BSc, MSc and PhD students.
Benoît Nzigidahera, MScNational Institute for Environment and Nature Conservation, Bujumbura, Burundi
Chief of Research section on biodiversity. He received his MSc from the University of Burundi. His research concentrates on systematic and ecological study of the spiders of western Burundi ecosystems; research done in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Central Africa of Tervuren in Belgium. 20 species described so far as new to science. Manager of the information exchange center on biological diversity, (CHM- Burundi) and the web site bi.chm-cbd.net; editor in chief of the Scientific Bulletin of the National Institute for Environment and Nature Conservation.
Ken-ichi Okumura, DrNagasaki Prefectural Nagasaki Kakuyo Senior High School, Nagasaki, Japan
Working as a teacher of biology in high schools since 1998, while studying the spiders. Teaching students about the fun of arachnology, and the importance of conservation of regional biodiversity from an educational perspective. Main studies are taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography. Described 15 species that are new to science from Japan since 2006. Now, studying revisions and reconstructions to the taxonomy of Japanese coelotine spiders. Also interested in the geographical variation and speciation in islands.
Martín J. Ramírez, DrMuseo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales – CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Research scientist at the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales and adjunct professor at the University of Buenos Aires. His work focuses on systematics, comparative biology and biogeography of spiders. His publications cover alpha taxonomy and species-level phylogenies of araneomorph spiders, phylogeny of higher groups, especially for dionychans, comparative anatomy, and historical biogeography in South America. He described over 150 species, a dozen of genera, and relimited several of the dionychan spider families. He also has an interest in methodological aspects of phylogenetic analyses, concepts of homology, and the application of new information technologies for images and anatomical data, including the maintenance of the spider ontology. He directed several PhD students in arachnology, using tools and activities such as scanning electron microscopy, molecular sequencing and genetic barcoding, digital imaging, drawings, field work and extensive use of collections.
Cristina Rheims, DrButantan Institute, São Paulo, Brazil
Scientific researcher at the Butantan Institute in São Paulo, Brazil. Received her MSc (2002) and PhD (2007) in zoology from the University of São Paulo and a post-doc in spider systematics at the Butantan Institute. Her main taxonomic expertise is with the spider families Scytodidae, Hersiliidae, Oonopidae and Sparassidae but she has also worked sporadically on several other spider families and on Opiliones. She has published over 60 papers and currently coordinates a project on the systematics of the subfamily Sparianthinae (Sparassidae), funded by the Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa de São Paulo (FAPESP). She is on the editorial board of the World Spider Catalog and is an associate editor of the periodical Zookeys. She is also a council member of the International Society of Arachnology (2010-2016).
Carles Ribera, DrUniversity of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
His main research interest is the taxonomy, the morphological and molecular systematics, the biogeography and the mechanisms of speciation in isolated ecosystems (oceanic islands, cave fauna), in particular cavernicolous spiders, although he has also worked on epigean spiders. His studies are focused on the Mediterranean basin (taxonomy and biogeography of different arthropods groups, mainly spiders) and the Macaronesian archipelagos (Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira). The main interest in this area focuses on the study of patterns and processes that have led to the extant high diversity in some groups of spiders in these archipelagos (Dysderidae, Pholcidae and Sicariidae). He is a specialist in molecular systematics of arthropods, mainly spiders, and the use of DNA barcoding for biodiversity assessment. He has published more than 100 papers, many of them on taxonomy and systematics of spiders.
Adalberto J. Santos, DrInstituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Associate professor of zoology, interested in spider taxonomy, phylogenetics, phylogeography and ecology. His research projects combine traditional descriptive, morphology-based taxonomy with modern analytical techniques such as morphological and molecular phylogenetic inference and biogeographic and GIS analyses tools. He is currently involved, together with students and collaborators, in projects on the systematics of several spider families, including Araneidae, Oxyopidae, Oecobiidae, Pholcidae and Sicariidae, mostly from the Neotropical Region. He is also working on ecological and biogeographic projects, including the compilation of a complete database of Neotropical spider distribution. He published 53 papers on international scientific journals and is currently responsible for guidance of 10 graduate and undergraduate students. Besides his contributions to spider ecology, phylogenetics and biogeography, he described 49 spider species. He is subject editor of Zootaxa, the curator of a major Brazilian spider collection and participated in the organization of nine international meetings on Arachnology.
Pothalil Antony Sebastian, DrDepartment of Zoology, Sacred Heart College, Kochi, Kerala, India
Associate professor and founder director of the Division of Arachnology. His research career spans over 30 years in taxonomy and ecology of spiders of India and he is one of the pioneering workers in arachnology in India. His book publication “Spiders of India” closes the gap of 30 years since the publication of “Fauna of India” by Tikader. He has successfully guided five scholars for their doctoral programmes and is currently mentoring another seven scholars for the same. Under his leadership, the Division of Arachnology has undertaken ten research projects funded by government agencies. The team is maintaining a web site, www.southindianspiders.org to spread the message on the importance of protection and conservation of the spider fauna of India especially the Western Ghats, one of the biodiversity hotspots, and a museum collection of spiders collected from different parts of the country. Published 51 research papers in national and international peer reviewed journals. He has participated and presented papers in several International Congress of Arachnology. Currently he is a member of the Editorial Board of the international taxonomic journal Biosystematica. He is also a member of the panel of reviewers of journals including Current Science, Arachnology (formerly Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society) and Zoosprint Journal.
Diana Silva Dávila, DrUniversity of San Marcos, Lima, Peru
Professor at the University of San Marcos, Peru, and researcher at the Museum of Natural History of San Marcos University. Her main field of interest is on spiders’ taxonomy, biogeography and conservation, particularly, lycosoids/ctenoids. Her current research activities aim at clarifying the diversity of Peruvian ctenid spiders, mostly undescribed. Among other projects and due to her postdoctoral work at the California Academy of Sciences (USA), Diana´s research also involve the description of, so far, more than 200 species of ctenoid spiders from Madagascar distributed in six genera, three of them, new to science and, the revision of Southeast Asian acantheine spiders. As a curator of the Arachnida, Myriapoda and Onychophora collections at her museum, she is also working on faunistic inventories, mostly conducted in Peruvian montane forests. Diana is associated editor of the peer-reviewed journals Revista Peruana de Biologia and Ecologia en Bolivia as well as an external reviewer for various ISI journals.
Tamás Szűts, DrUniversity of West Hungary, Szombathely, Hungary
Research scientist for spiders at the Hungarian Natural History Museum, (Budapest, Hungary) from 1999 – 2005. Postdoc researcher at ZMUC (Copenhagen, Denmark) from 2006 – 2009 and at the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, U.S.). Now he is associate researcher of the California Academy of Sciences and lecturer in the University of West Hungary, Szombathely (since 2011). He is interested in evolution, taxonomy, morphology and systematics of spiders, especially Salticidae, Araneidae, Orsolobidae, Oonopidae, Eresidae and Zodariidae. He was an investigator of the NSF funded Goblin Spider PBI project (2010 – 2013) an has more than 30 taxonomic publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Andrei Tanasevitch, DrSevertsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Senior scientific researcher at the A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences. Main research interests are the taxonomy and chorology of the spider family Linyphiidae. Special interests in the South Palearctic mountainous areas and the Arctic territories. He conducted several expeditions to different regions of Arctic Eurasia, mountains of Central Asia, Siberia, the Russian Far East, etc. He published more than 120 scientific papers and described more than 440 linyphiid taxa. Author of the online site “Linyphiid spiders of the World”.
Cor J. Vink, DrCanterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
Cor Vink is Curator of Natural History at Canterbury Museum and adjunct senior lecturer in the Ecology Department at Lincoln University, New Zealand. His main research interest is the systematics and taxonomy of New Zealand spiders, but he is also interested in taxa shared with Australia and other Gondwanan areas. He co-authored the book “Spiders of New Zealand: Annotated family key and species list” as well as over 70 other papers and a photographic guide to New Zealand spiders. He has also worked on spider ecology, biosecurity and biological control. Vink has been Lycosoidea editor for Zootaxa since 2009, and is also senor editor of New Zealand Journal of Zoology, editor for ZooKeys, editor of Records of the Canterbury Museum and is on the editorial boards of Fauna of New Zealand and New Zealand Entomologist. He advises PhD and MSc students on spider systematics, taxonomy and ecology.
Alireza ZamaniSchool of Biology, College of Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Educated in Animal Biology from University of Tehran, his main research interests are the taxonomy, systematics and distribution of Iranian spiders, in particular selected mygalomorph and haplogyne families. He has co-recorded over 150 new taxa for the fauna of Iran, and has been involved with the description of several taxa as new to science. He has authored “The field guide to spiders and scorpions of Iran”, the first field guide devoted to the arachnids of the Middle East, and has authored/co-authored more than 30 scientific papers on the spider fauna of Iran. He is the senior author of the online catalog of Iranian spiders, and is the country coordinator of Iran in the World Spider Catalog. He has been an external reviewer for several ISI journals, and since 2015 is a member of the scientific advisory board of the journal Arachnida: Rivista Aracnologica Italiana.