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▪ Taxonomy, Systematics and Phylogeny of Spiders ▪ Species Distribution Modelling ▪ Evolutionary biology and historical biogeography ▪ Taxonomy and ecology of Hermit Crabs

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Sep 2009 – present: PhD candidate of Biology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Oct 2004 – Jun 2007: MSc in Biology-Animal Biosystematics, School of biology, University College of Science, University of Tehran, Iran Oct 2000 – Oct 2004: BSc in Biology-Zoology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science University of Isfahan, Iran Oct 1996 – Oct 2000: High school degree in Experimental Sciences, Shahid-Nilforoosh-Zadeh High School, Isfahan, Iran


2011-2012: awarded two research grants from the SYNTHESYS Project (http://www.synthesys.info/), which is financed by the European Community Research Infrastructure Action under the FP7 "Capacities" Program to visit NHM (London) and MRAC (Tervuren) collections.

2010: awarded the best student poster presentation in “die Arachnologische Gesellschaft e.V.” Berlin.

2007- First and excellent degree among MSc students of the Department of Zoology, University of Tehran, Average 18.84 out of 20.

2004 – Exempt from military service by the government of Iran because of being selected as an excellent student.

2004- Ranked 2nd in Zoological sciences (systematic-physiology-developmental biology) among up to 7000 participants in the National Exam for Entering Nationwide MSc Program in Biological Science.

2004- Ranked 5th in Medical Entomology and Vectors Control, among up to 500 participants in the National Exam for Entering Nationwide MSc program of Health and medical sciences.

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09.2009 – present PhD dissertation titled: “Taxonomic revision, phylogeny and zoogeography of the genus Eusparassus (Araneae: Sparassidae);

10 - 30.07.2008 conducting a research on spiders taxonomy through the project "Establishment of a Middle Eastern Biodiversity Research, Training and Conservation Network" funded by DAAD in the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany;

2005 – 2007 MSc Thesis: Taxonomy and Zoogeography of Littoral Hermit crabs (Crustacea:

Anomura: Paguridea) of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, Laboratory of Zoology, School of biology, University College of science, University of Tehran;

01.08 - 30.09.2006 conducting a research on hermit crabs taxonomy through the project "Establishment of a Middle Eastern Biodiversity Research, Training and Conservation Network" funded by DAAD in the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany;

2005 – 2006 Project on the Biodiversity of the Iranian Coast of the Gulf of Oman, Laboratory of Zoology, School of biology, University College of science, University of Tehran;

2002 – 2003 Project on the main benthic Invertebrate Fauna of the Zayande-rood River, Isfahan Province, Iran, Laboratory of Zoology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Isfahan University CONGRESSES September 2012, the 26th European congress of Arachnology, Ljubljana, Slovenia: lecture presentation titled “the stone huntsman spiders - Eusparassus Simon, 1903: systematics and zoogeography”;

September 2010, “die Arachnologische Gesellschaft e.V.” Berlin: Poster titled “Taxonomische Revision der Gattung Eusparassus Simon, 1903 (Araneae: Sparassidae): Suche nach diagnostische Merkmalen”;

July 2010, the 18th International congress of Arachnology, Poland: lecture titled “On three new species of the genus Spariolenus Simon, 1880 (Sparassidae: Heteropodinae) from Iran with comments on taxonomy and zoogeography”; poster titled “Taxonomic revision of the genus Eusparassus Simon, 1903 (Araneae: Sparassidae), Part 1: finding diagnostic characters”;

March 2006, “the First International Conference on the State of the Gulf Ecosystem: Future and Threats”, UAE University, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, poster presentation titled: “Hermit Crabs (Crustacea: Anomura: Paguridea) of the Persian Gulf: 1- Hormozgan Province”


11-15 March 2013, “Isolation, PCR and sequencing of Old DNA”, Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary biology, Plön, Germany 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2012, “Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) course”, GRADE (Goethe Graduate Academy) 7-11 February 2011, “Geographic Information System (GIS) course I, II”, GRADE (Goethe Graduate Academy) 17-28 January 2011, “The Phylogenetic Systematics and Molecular Dating course”, Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 4 December 2009, “Scientific paper writing: develop your own paper!”, GRADE (Goethe Graduate Academy) 20 November 2009, “Scientific paper writing: Coping with readers expectations and your own frustration”, GRADE (Goethe Graduate Academy) 9 November 2009, “Communication skills” at conferences, GRADE (Goethe Graduate Academy) December 2006, the first workshop on “the biodiversity conservation imperative: biological, ethical and economic approaches in the Middle East and Europe”, University of Tehran and Research Institute Senckenberg


1) Moradmand, M., Schönhofer, A. L., Jäger, P., 2013. Molecular phylogeny of the huntsman spider family Sparassidae with focus on the genus Eusparassus and notes on the RTA-clade and „Laterigradae‟. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, under review.

2) Moradmand, M. (2013) The stone huntsman spiders – Eusparassus (Araneae: Sparassidae):

systematics and zoogeography with revision of the African and Arabian species. Zootaxa, 3675 (1), 1–108.

3) Moradmand, M. and P. Jäger (2012a) Taxonomic revision of the huntsman spider genus Eusparassus Simon, 1903 (Araneae: Sparassidae) in Eurasia. Journal of Natural History, 46(39-40), 2439–2496.

4) Moradmand, M. and Jäger, P. (2012b) Eusparassus Simon, 1903 (Araneae: Sparassidae):

proposed conservation of the generic name. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 69(4), 249– 253.

5) Naderloo, R., Moradmand, M., Sari, A. & M. Türkay (2012) An annotated checklist of hermit crabs (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura) of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman with five new records and an identification key to the North Indian Ocean genera. Zoosystematics & Evolution, 88(1), 63–70.

6) Moradmand, M. and Jäger, P. (2011) A review on the huntsman spider genus Spariolenus Simon, 1880 (Araneae: Sparassidae: Heteropodinae) in Iran with description of four new species. Zootaxa, 2910, 46–62.

7) Moradmand, M. and Sari, A. (2007a) New record of the hermit crab Pagurus kulkarnii Sankolli, 1961 (Anomura, Paguridae) from the Gulf of Oman, Iran. Zoology in the Middle East, 42, 112–114.

8) Moradmand, M. and Sari, A. (2007b) Littoral Hermit crabs of the Gulf of Oman: A biogeographical approach. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematic, 3, 25–36.

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GRADE (Goethe Graduate Academy) International society of Arachnology European society of Arachnology African society of Arachnology Iranian society of Arachnology


Persian (Farsi): mother tongue English: excellent, TOEFL 2009, paper based German: intermediate, A2 Arabic: basic

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