Dr. Florian Raub

Dr. Florian Raub
Dr. Florian Raub

Project based scientist

Phone: +49 721 175-2820
E-Mail: florian.raub@smnk.de

Study of Biology at KIT university in Karlsruhe

Diploma thesis on “Activity based density of arthropods in experimentally designed agroforestry systems in central Amazonia” within the German/Brazilian cooperation project SHIFT in Manaus, Brazil

February 2005 – September 2006: scientific trainee at SMNK working on an exhibition on climate and ecosystems

October 2006 – 2009: Ph.D. junior scientist in the SOLOBIOMA project in the Atlantic forest in south Brazil, working with the diversity and ecology of spiders in tropical (secondary) forests and tropical ecology

Since 2010 design, programming and maintenance of the internet presence of InBioVeritas and Alter Flugplatz Karlsruhe.

Between 2013 and 2017 data manager in the Edaphobase project.

Since 2017 working in the ARAMOB-Project (Semantic enrichment and mobilization of data in distributed repositories for taxonomy and ecology).   

Currently working with scientific collection databases and data processing for the museum information systems IMDAS-Pro and DiversityWorkbench.

Scientific Interest

  • Ecology of tropical spiders
  • Biological classification of secondary forests
  • Strategies of data management for scientific database systems
  • CMS Communication solutions for scientific projects using Drupal

Tasks at SMNK

  • Design and development of a database concept for scientific collections at the SMNK and coordination of internal data communication pathways
  • Data processing of scientific collection data and data migration to IMDAS Pro and DiversityWorkbench and data publication via GBIF and (in the medium term) via a Humbold-Ring data portal
  • Work with scientific collections (e.g. spiders)
  • Expansion and maintenance of the literature database


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Selected Publications

Bauer T., Raub F., Höfer H. (2018):
Notes on the behavior and the pendulous egg-sacs of Viridasius sp. (Araneae: Viridasiidae). Journal of Arachnology. 46: 155-158  PDF-Download of the publication
Penell A., Raub F. & Höfer H. (2018):
Estimating biomass from body size of European spiders based on regression models. Journal of Arachnology. 46(3): 413-419  PDF-Download of the publication
Raub F., Höfer H., Scheuermann L. (2017):
Data Papers: Spider (Arachnida, Araneae) diversity in secondary and old-growth southern Atlantic forests of Paraná state, Brazil. Ecology. 98: DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1854
Raub F., Höfer H., Scheuermann L., de Britez R.M. & Brandl R. (2015):
Conserving landscape structure – conclusions from partitioning of spider diversity in southern Atlantic forests of Brazil. Studies of Neotropical Fauna and Environment. 50: 158-174
Römbke J.,Collado R., Höfer H., Ottermanns R., Raub F., Roß-Nickoll M. & Schmelz R. (2015):
Species diversity of Enchytraeidae (Oligochaeta) in pastures, regenerating secondary forests, and old-growth forests in the southern Mata Atlântica (Brazil). Soil Organisms. 87(2): 101-120  PDF-Download of the publication
Köhler C., Grobe P., Holstein J., Lange J., Roth-Nebelsick A.R., Traiser C., Höfer H., Raub F., Güntsch A., Dröge G., Kelbert P., Triebel D., Link A., Weiss M., Neubacher D., Weibulat T. (2014):
BiNHum: powerful access to Natural History Collections. Conference Paper TDWG 2014 Annual Conference, Jönköping, Schweden. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1824.7366: 1-35
Raub F., Höfer H., Scheuermann L., Brandl R. (2014):
The conservation value of secondary forests in the southern Brazilian Mata Atlântica from a spider perspective. Journal of Arachnology. 42: 52-73  PDF-Download of the publication
Raub F., Scheuermann L., Höfer H., Brandl R. (2014):
No bottom-up effects of food addition on predators in a tropical forest. Basic and Applied Ecology. 15: 59-65
Holstein J., Lange J., Roth-Nebelsick A., Traiser C., Höfer H., Raub F., Riede, K., Grobe P., Röder M., Köhler C., Güntsch A., Dröge G., Kelbert P., Triebel D., Link A., Weiss M., Neubacher D., Weibulat T. (2013):
Biodiversity Network of the Humboldt-Ring (BiNHum): Access to high-quality object data, extension of established database systems and set-up of a joint data portal. Poster Abstract, TDWG-Meeting, Florence 2013.
Raub F., Stierhof T., Höfer H. (2012):
Vom Karteikasten zu modernen Informationssystemen - die Entwicklung der zoologischen Datenbanken am Staatlichen Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe. Carolinea. 70, Karlsruhe: 91-101  PDF-Download of the publication
Raub F., Höfer H. (2010):
Guild structures and biomass of spiders in forests and agroforestry systems in central Amazonia, Brazil. 18th International Congress of Arachnology, 11 - 17 07 2010, Siedlce, Poland.: 361
Raub F. (2008):
What can soil arthropods indicate at different taxonomic levels in tropical agro-ecosystems?. XV International Colloquium on Soil Zoology, Curitiba, PR, August 25-29, 2008.: 1
Raub F., Höfer H. (2007):
Spider diversity and characteristic distribution patterns at the family level in different agroecosystems in Amazonia, Brazil. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, Sao Paulo 2007.: 184