AAS Australasian Arachnological Society

Dr Volker W. Framenau

Dr Volker W. Framenau (right!)
Director and Manager, Terrestrial Invertebrates
Phoenix Environmental Sciences
1/511 Wanneroo Road, Balcatta
Western Australia 6021
Australia
E-Mail: volker.framenau@phoenixenv.com.au
Research Associate
Department of Terrestrial Zoology
Western Australian Museum
Adjunct Lecturer
School of Animal Biology
University of Western Australia
Administrator
Australasian Arachnological Society
Scientific Advisory Panel, Western Australia
ClimateWatch (Earthwatch Institute)

Research Interests

I recently had a major career change from my research position at the Western Australian Museum to an applied position within the environmental consulting inudustry of Western Australia. I will try to maintain an active research program but it will be restricted by the day-to-day duties of running a consulting firm. My research focuses on documenting the biodiversity of the Australian terrestrial invertebrate fauna, in particular wolf spiders (Lycosidae), orb-weaving spiders (Araneidae) and trapdoor spiders (Mygalomorphae). In addition, my research portfolio includes the taxonomy and systematics of the terrestrial short-range endemic fauna of Western Australia, which includes in particular mygalomorph spiders, schizomids, pseudoscorpions, millipedes, molluscs and other groups with species distributions of less than 10,000sqkm. Short- (or narrow) range endemics are of particular conservation interest due to their high vulnerability following habitat disturbance.

Particular Research Projects

  • The systematics of Australian orb-web spiders of the subfamily Araneinae (in collaboration with Nicolaj Scharff, University of Copenhagen)
  • The systematics of Australian wolf spiders (Lycosidae)
  • The systematics of (West) Australian trapdoor spiders (Mygalomorphae) (in collaboration with Barbara Y. Main, University of Western Australia)
  • The spider fauna of Pacific Islands (taxonomy and systematics)

Study Opportunities

Potential students and postdocs are welcome to contact me to discuss projects within my research interests, however funding is limited. I support the application for scholarships in any possible way (e.g. through the Australian Biological Resources Study).

Academic Education

  • 2002: Ph.D., University of Melbourne, Australia. Thesis: Taxonomy, Life History Characteristics, and Ecology of Riparian Wolf Spiders (Araneae, Lycosidae) in the Victorian Alps, South-eastern Australia
  • 1995: Master of Science, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, majoring in Nature Conservation, Taxonomy and Systematics, Animal Ecology, Computer Science. Thesis: Population Ecology and Dispersal Dynamics of Arctosa cinerea (Araneae, Lycosidae) in a Braided Section of an Alpine River.
  • Graduate Diploma in Process Engineering, University of Cooperative Education Mannheim, Germany. Thesis: Production of Steam using Hot Process Gas through the Installation of Heat Exchangers in the Cyanid Plant, BASF Ludwigshafen

Employment History

  • 2011 – present: Manager, Terrestrial Invertebrates, Phoenix Environmental Sciences
  • 2009 – 2011: Curator – Short-Range Endemics, Department of Terrestrial Invertebrates, Western Australian Museum
  • 2008 – 2009: Research Officer – Short-Range Endemics, Department of Terrestrial Invertebrates, Western Australian Museum
  • 2005 – 2008: Research Fellow – Arachnology, Department of Terrestrial Invertebrates, Western Australian Museum
  • 2002 – 2005: Postdoctoral Research Officer – Arachnology, Department of Terrestrial Invertebrates, Western Australian Museum
  • 2001 – 2005: Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne
  • 1995 – 1996: Research Assistant, Department of Nature Conservation, Philipps-University Marburg/Germany
  • 1993: Center for Nature Conservation, Wetzlar/Germany
  • 1992: Practical, Landscape Architect Olschewski, Ludwigshafen/Germany
  • 1988 – 1989: Process Engineer, Cyanid Plant, BASF AG Ludwigshafen/Germany
  • 1984 – 1985: Military Service (German Air Force)

Publications

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reference: AAS – Australasian Arachnological Society
online: http://www.australasian-arachnology.org/arachnologists/framenau/
©2005 AAS – date: 2016/09/30

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