TOTW V6 in the Cologne Zoo 2017.
Our international team:
Danniella Sherwood – England
Danniella Sherwood is an arachnologist with primary research interests in the taxonomy and systematics of theraphosid spiders. She currently holds voluntary positions in both the Natural History Museum, London and Oxford University Museum of Natural History working extensively with the museum collections. Currently, her main taxonomic work is focusing on South American Theraphosidae.
Dennis Van Vlierberghe – Belgium
Dennis Van Vlierberghe is a Belgian tarantula enthusiast. A combination of the intriguing but highly undervalued beauty of bird spiders, their almost surreal way of life and the rather complicated science that comes with them, inspired him to create one of the finest informative websites about theraphosids on the net. It’s one of the most successful tarantula websites in Europe with up to a thousand unique visitors a day. Although he only got his first spider in September 2014, we managed to cooperate and deliver beautiful results plenty of times already.
Dr. Tobias Hauke – Germany
Dr. Tobias Hauke has a research interest in the composition and mode of action of arachnid venoms and in the threat that supposedly dangerous arachnids pose for humans. He enthusiastically photographs spiders in their natural environments and is interested in the ecology and captive breeding of Southeast-Asian theraphosids in particular. He voluntarily works for a renowned arachnological society (Deutsche Arachnologische Gesellschaft e.V.) and regularly publishes articles on arachnids in popular-scientific or scientific journals.
Andrea van der Zwet-Jonkman – Netherlands
Michael Pankratz – USA