M. Sc. from Innsbruck University (Austria) in 1985, Dr. Sc. in 1990 (thesis supervisor: Konrad Thaler). Lecturer at the Institute of Zoology of Innsbruck University from 1989 to 1999, and at the Biology Department of Chiang Mai University (Thailand) in 1996-1997. Arachnologist specialising in taxonomy of mesothelid, mygalomorph and tetrablemmid spiders of Southeast Asia. Currently working on a revision of the genus Liphistius (Mesothelae) from Peninsular Malaysia. Curator of arthropod collections (except for Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidopera) since May 1999. Subject editor for the journals Revue suisse de Zoologie and Zootaxa.