Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin will hosting the palaeontologist Prof. Paul Selden
As of May 2012 the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin will be hosting Prof. Paul Selden, who has received a research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award-holder studied biology and geology at the University of Manchester, UK, completed his PhD in Cambridge and is currently the Gulf-Hedberg Distinguished Professor for palaeontology in Kansas, USA.
Prof. Selden’s main research interests concern fossil arthropods. He has published the oldest evidence for web-weaving in spiders and described ancient arachnids and myriapods from the Silurian and Devonian periods.
In Berlin Prof.l Selden will work with the curator of the arachnid collection, Dr Jason Dunlop. Together, the researchers will work on a range of publications about extinct arachnids. Paul Selden is also editor-in-chief of the famous “Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology”; essentially a handbook of all genera of fossil invertebrates. A new issue of the arachnid volume, to be edited together with Jason Dunlop, is planned.