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 [http://millibase.org]
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.