Bernhard A. Huber

Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
Adenauerallee 127
53113 Bonn

Personal data

1967 Born in Austria
1970-1976 Residence in Bogotá, Colombia
1978-1986 Secondary school in Austria
1986-1991 Studies of biology, University of Vienna
1991-1994 PhD thesis, University of Vienna
1995-1997 Postdoctoral studies in Costa Rica
1997-2000 Postdoctoral studies in New York
2001 Research assistant at the University of Vienna
2002- Research scientist at the Museum Koenig, Bonn

Scientific background, awards and grants (selection)

1992 - 1994: PhD thesis at the University of Vienna, on the function and evolution of genitalia in spiders
1995 - 1997: Postdoctoral research with W. G. Eberhard at the University of Costa Rica, funded by two Erwin Schrödinger stipends from the FWF (Sexual selection and spider genitalia)
1997-2000: Postdoctoral research with N. I. Platnick at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, funded by a Theodore Roosevelt Fellowship (1997), a P. J. Solomon Fellowship (1998), and a Kalbfleisch Research Fellowship (1999) (Revisions and phylogenetic analyses of New World and Australian pholcid spiders)
1997: Award of a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship (Washington D.C.) (not accepted for reasons of overlap)
2001: FWF Research Project "Phylogeny of pholcid spiders" at the University of Vienna
2001: Promotion Prizes of the Austrian Entomological Society and of the Upper Austrian Government
since 2002: Eight DFG grants, Invited talks at the BEE Seminar in Basel, at the Meeting of Latin American Arachnologists in São Pedro, Brazil, at the International Congress of Arachnology, Ghent, at the International Congress of Zoology, Paris
2019: Brignoli Award from the International Society of Arachnology

Peer reviews for

Acta zool. Bulgarica
American Museum Novitates
Annales Zoologici
Arachnologische Mitteilungen
Arthropod Structure and Development
Arthropoda selecta
Asia Life Sciences
Behavioral Ecology
Biodiversity Data Journal
Biological J. of the Linnean Society
Biological Reviews

Bonn zoological Bulletin
Canadian Journal of Zoology
Contributions to Zoology
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Entomologica Americana
Entomologica Fennica
Entomological News
Entomologische Zeitschrift
Ethology Ecology & Evolution
European Journal of Entomology
European Journal of Taxonomy
European Zoological Journal
Evolutionary Ecology
Fauna of Arabia
Frontiers in Zoology
Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium
Humboldt Foundation
Insect Systematics and Evolution
Invertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Reproduction and Development
Invertebrate Systematics

Journal of Arachnology
Journal of Basic and Applied Zoology
Journal of Ethology
Journal of Insect Behavior
Journal of Morphology
Journal of Natural History
Journal of the entomol. Soc. Brit. Col.
Journal of Thermal Biology
Journal of Threatened Taxa
Journal of Zool. Syst. and Evol. Res.
Journal of Zoology
National Science Foundation, USA
Netherlands Journal of Zoology
Organisms Diversity & Evolution
Proc. of the Royal Society, Ser.
Revista de Biologia Tropical
Revista Iberica de Aracnología
Revue Suisse de Zoologie
Rivista Aracnologica Italiana

Scientific Reports
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology
Tissue and Cell
Transactions Phil. Society, Ser. B
Vector Biology
Zoologia (Brazil)
Zoologica (Stuttgart)
Zoologica Scripta
Zoological J. of the Linnean Society
Zoology in the Middle East

Research interests

1. The function and evolution of genitalia, with an emphasis on spider genitalia. The combination of freeze fixation and histological serial sectioning of spiders imbedded in epoxy resin provides a wealth of new data on the functional morphology of genitalic structures. Character mapping on cladograms and morphometric analyses offer additional insights into the selective pressures that shape genitalia.

2. The phylogeny and taxonomy of pholcid spiders. The ultimate goal of this line of research is a complete revision of the entire family at the level of genera. Major recent projects were Pholcus and close relatives, Southeast Asian and Brazilian taxa, and Smeringopinae. My current emphasis is on Ninetinae.

3. The effects of biases and constraints in taxonomic work on our understanding of species and biodiversity, variation in species-specific characters, sexual selection in spiders, and in particular, selection acting on spider genitalia.


The Musuem Koenig is intimately tied to the University of Bonn. For a few years, I gave a course on spiders; each year the students continued to build a key to Central European spiders. This course has been temporarily discontinued. Currently I give a course on Arthropods, together with colleagues at ZFMK.