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Staff of the Department of Arthropods and Entomology I

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John Hollier
Christina Lehmann Graber
Lionel Monod
Peter J. Schwendinger



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Graduated in 1985 and awarded a doctorate in 1990 from Innsbruck University, Austria (thesis supervisor: Konrad Thaler). Lecturer at Innsbruck University (Institute of Zoology), from 1989 to 1999 and at Chiang Mai University (Departement of Biology) (Thailand) in 1996-1997. Curator since May 1999. Subject editor for the Revue suisse de Zoologie (a journal published by the Geneva Musum and the Swiss Zoological Society) and for Zootaxa.

Research interests: Taxonomy and biology of primitive spiders (especially Mesothelae, Mygalomorphae and Tetrablemmidae) and harvestmen (especially Oncopodidae) of Southeast Asia.

Current research projects: Taxonomic studies on the genus Perania (Tetrablemmidae) and on the genus Nanthela (Liphistiidae), the latter in co-operation with Hirotsugu Ono (National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo).

list of publications of Peter Schwendinger (pdf, 293k)


Lionel MONOD

Research Officer

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B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Geneva in 1998. M.Sc. thesis on the systematics of the genus Liocheles (Scorpiones) at the University of Geneva in 2000. Technical collaborator and research associate at the Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva from 2000 to 2005. Ongoing Ph.D. on the systematics and biogeography of Indo-Pacific liochelid scorpions in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at the City University of New York (CUNY) funded by a Graduate Student Fellowship from the American Museum of Natural History, New York (AMNH) under Lorenzo Prendini's supervision. Lecturer at CUNY in 2007-2008. Joined the department in 2009.

Research interests: Systematics and biogeography of the scorpion families Liochelidae and Hemiscorpiidae. Biogeographical analysis using molecular clocks (BEAST) and distribution area modelling (MAXENT).

Current research projects: Taxonomic revision, phylogeny and biogeography of the liochelid scorpions of the Indo-Pacific region based on combined morphological and molecular data. Description of 53 new species belonging to the genus Liocheles, mainly from Australia and Melanesia. Phylogeography of Philippines scorpions in collaboration with Henrik Krehenwinkel (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany). Development of a new nomenclature for pedipalpal carinae in the order Scorpiones, which is consistent across taxa and segments, in collaboration with the Scorpion Systematics Research Group (AMNH).

list of publications of Lionel Monod (pdf, 32k)



Assistant Scientist

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B. Sc. (Hons) from Imperial College, London in 1982. Volunteer at the Natural History Museum of London (Department of Palaeontology) in 1981; collaborator in ecological surveys of Mitcham Common from 1983 to 1984 and of the Montgomery Canal from 1985 to 1986; research assistant and research technician at Imperial College (London) from 1987 to 1995; part-time consultant for CABI Bioscience from 1995 to 2005; part-time lecturer in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Coventry University from 1996 to 2000. Assistant Scientist in our department since 2007.

Research interests: Ecology and taxonomy of Palaearctic Auchenorrhyncha; succession processes in grassland.

Activities in the museum: Technical assistance and collection management; creation of type catalogues and collection databases; identification of Hemiptera and other insects.

list of publications of John Hollier (pdf, 155k)




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Joined the department in 2007.


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