Academic Editor

Petra Sierwald


Associate Curator (Zoology/Insects), 2005-present, Field Museum of Natural History
Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Zoology, University of Hamburg; 1985.
M.Sc. (Staatsexamen) in Biology, Geography and Biology-Education; University of Hamburg; 1982.
Chief Taxonomic Editor; MilliBase []
Research: Collections-based biodiversity research in Arachnida and Myriapoda, contributing to species discovery and higher level phylogenies, and to the analysis of complex and new morphological characters suites for phylogenetic research as well as to the development of taxonomic tools. Research strategies address the vastly different knowledge-base in Arachnida on one hand and Myriapoda on the other, with nearly all research in integrative and collaborative arrangements (e.g., millipede phylogenomics research). Curation of museum collections: Specimen and tissue collection building, improvement of collection accessibility through digitization and stewardship of digitized collection data.Analyses and research options employing digitized museum specimen data.

Biodiversity Biogeography Entomology Evolutionary Studies Taxonomy Zoology

Work details

Associate Curator

Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world.The museum maintains high-quality educational and scientific programs, as well as extensive scientific specimen and artifact collections with over 24 million objects. The academic faculty and scientific staff engage in field expeditions, in biodiversity and cultural research on all continents, in local and foreign student training, in stewardship of the rich specimen and artifact collections and support exhibition development and education programs of the museum.

PeerJ Contributions

Signed reviews submitted for articles published in PeerJ Note that some articles may not have the review itself made public unless authors have made them open as well.