Dr. Matjaž Kuntner

Principal Investigator

email: kuntner<at>gmail<dot>com;   kuntner<at>zrc-sazu<dot>si

phone: +386 1 4706 338;   fax: +386 1 425 7797

Institute of Biology, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Novi trg

2, P. O. Box 306, SI-1001 Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

 

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia                                         Biology B. S. (1998)

George Washington University, USA                                  Biology Ph.D. (2005)

Appointments

2012-2017 – Assistant Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

2011-2014 – Adjunct Professor, College of Life Sciences, Hubei University, Wuhan
430062, Hubei, China

2011-2015 – Governing Board member, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia

1 May 2008-present – Chair of Institute of Biology, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy
of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2005-present – Senior Research Associate, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and
Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2007-2016 – Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC, USA

2005-2007 – Research Collaborator, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC, USA

1999-2005 – Pre-doctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC, USA

1999-2001 – Assistant Researcher, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and
Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Outreach

Associate Editor for Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2013-present)

Organizer, 27thEuropean Congress of Arachnology, 2-7 September 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Associate Editor for Systematics and Taxonomy, Journal of Arachnology (2011-present)

Subject Editor for Araneae, ZooKeys (2012-present)

Editorial board member: ISRN Zoology (2010-2011); International Journal of Applied Zoology (2005-2011); Hacquetia (2005-present); “Phylonyms: a companion to the PhyloCode” (The University of California Press) International Society of Arachnology: Council member (2007-2013) and National correspondent for Slovenia (1999-present) European Society of Arachnology: Council member (2009-2012) and 2012 congress organizer

International Society of Arachnology: Council member (2007-2013) and National correspondent for Slovenia (1999-present)

European Society of Arachnology: Council member (2009-2012) and 2012 congress organizer

Other memberships: AAAS, American Arachnological Society, British Arachnological Society

Ad hoc peer reviews for: Acta Entomologica Slovenica; Acta Oecologica; The American Naturalist; Animal Behaviour; Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny; Behavioral Ecology; Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology; Biodiversity Data Journal; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society; BMC Evolutionary Biology; Breviora; Bulletin of Entomological Research; Cladistics; Environmental Conservation; Ethology; Ethology, Ecology and Evolution; Evolution & Development; Global Ecology and Biogeography; Historical Biology; Insect Systematics and Evolution; Invertebrate Systematics; ISRN Zoology; Journal of Animal Ecology; Journal of Arachnology; Journal of Biogeography; Journal of Ethology; Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology; Journal of Heredity; Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research; Molecular Ecology; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; National Geographic Magazine; Natura Sloveniae; Naturwissenschaften; PLoS ONE; Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Records of the Australian Museum; Revista Ibérica de Aracnología; Spider Families of the World; Systematics and Biodiversity; Systematic Biology; ZooKeys; Zoologica Scripta; Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society; Zootaxa

Grant reviews for: National Science Foundation; Macquarie University Research Fellowships; Grant Agency, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Awards

Miroslav Zei Award for exceptional achievements 2015 awarded by the National Institute of Biology, Slovenia

Darwin’s bark spider selected among Top 10 new species of 2010 by the Time magazine (http://
www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2035319_2034045_2034038,00.html)

Largest orbweaver Nephila komaci Kuntner & Coddington 2009 covered in the Guinness Book of Records,
2011 edition

Largest orbweaver Nephila komaci Kuntner & Coddington 2009 selected among Top 10 species for 2010
by the International Institute for Species Exploration, Arizona State University (http://species.asu.edu/
Top10)

Best Student Paper in Systematics, International Congress of Arachnology, South Africa, March 2001

Organization for Tropical Studies, USA, 2001. Tuition award for OTS 2001-3: Tropical Biology – An
Ecological Approach, June-August 2001

National Science Foundation, USA, 1999-2003. Graduate student fellowship from a PEET grant in
Araneoid Spider Systematics (to Hormiga and Coddington)

George Washington University, USA, 1999-2004. Tuition award for doctoral study

Publications

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