Dr. Florian Raub

Data scientist

Phone: +49 721 175-2820

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).   

Since 2020 data scientist, managing the scientific collection databases incl. data processing and data publication (e.g. GBIF, ARAMOB).

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 publication
  • Managing the scientific collections (e.g. spiders)
  • Conceptional development of data structures and data flow at SMNK, advising and supporting the scientist in digital managment of biological and geological data
  • Participating in the definition of technical aspects and realization of modern digital formats
  • Part of the IT-security team


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Selected Publications

Bach A., Raub F., Höfer H., Ottermanns R. & Roß-Nickoll M. (2024):
ARAapp: Filling gaps in the ecological knowledge of spiders using an automated and dynamic approach to analyze systematically collected community data. Database DOI: 10.1093/database/baae004: 1-7  
Bach A., Roß-Nickoll M., Holstein J., Ottermanns R., Raub F., Triebel D., Weiss M., Wendt I. & Höfer H. (2023):
Improved access to arachnological data for ecological research through the ARAMOB data repository, supported by Diversity Workbench and NFDI data pipelines. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 66: 79-85  
Raub F., Bach A., Bauer T. & Höfer H. (2023):
Editorial. Data paper publication in Arachnologische Mitteilungen – Goals, review criteria, editorial procedures, format, data management and mobilization. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 66: iii-iv  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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