Dr Barbara Baehr

Barbara Baehr obtained both her Staatsexamen and doctoral degree in zoology / ecology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany.

Between 1984 and 1998, she was a scientific associate and employee at the Zoologischen Staatssammlung Munich, Germany.

From 1996-1998, she also taught invertebrate zoology at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) and conducted spider excursions for students.

After several research visits to Australia (1994, Western Australian Museum Perth; 1999, Queensland Museum & Australian Museum, Sydney), she took a research fellow position at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane in January 2000 working on an interactive key to spider subfamilies that was funded by the Australian Biological Resources Study.

Following that, she pursued her research in the taxonomy of the Ant spider family Zodariidae, the Long-tailed Bark spider family Hersiliidae and the Long-spinnereted Ground Spider family Prodidomidae.

At present, she is a research fellow supported by a U.S. National Science Foundation Planetary Biodiversity Inventory grant on the taxonomy of world-wide Goblin spiders, family Oonopidae.

To date, she has described over 400 new species from Australia.


Honorary Research Fellow, Queensland Museum


Dr. rer. nat. (PhD)