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Biographical entry Raven, Robert R.



Robert Raven is one of Australia's foremost arachnologists. Having started by researching the behaviour and ecology of spiders in the Brisbane region, he moved on to the taxonomy of spiders. He has described over 400 new species in more than 40 genera from Australia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific islands, and Central and South America. Having joined the staff of the Queensland Museum in 1974 he became Head of Terrestrial Biodiversity and Principal Curator. Raven has been Spider Bite Consultant for the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane for many years. He serves as Chairman of the World Spider Catalog Committee for the International Society of Arachnology and was founder of the Australasian Arachnological Society. In 2018 he was awarded the Queensland Museum Medal.



1974 - 1982
Career position - Arachnologist, Queensland Museum
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1983 - 1984
Award - CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship at American Museum of Natural History, New York, U.S.A. and CSIRO, Canberra
1985 -
Career position - Curator, Queensland Museum
Career position - President, Entomological Society of Queensland
Career position - President, International Society for Arachnology

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  • Raven, Robert, 'Obituary: Graham Wishart (1937 - 2015)', Australasian arachnology, 86 (2015), 12-3. Details


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