Hubert Höfer studied biology in Germany from 1980 to 1986. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1991 with a thesis entitled “Ecology of the spider community in a central Amazonian blackwater inundation forest.” From 1991 to 1996, he was a Research Assistant at SMNK in a project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) within the mechanisms maintaining high diversity in the tropics program. Since March 2001, he has been a public employee and the Head of the Department of Zoology at SMNK. He was a Coordinator of the a German-Brazilian research project Soil Fauna and Litter Decomposition in Primary and Secondary Forests and in a Mixed Culture System in Amazonia (1996–1999), Management of Plant Residues and Its Effects on Decomposition and Soil Macrofauna in Central Amazonian Agroecosystems (2000–2003), and Soil Biota and Biogeochemistry in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil within the Brazilian-German research program Science and Technology for the Mata Atlântica (BMBF and CNPq) (2002–2009). His areas of expertise include arachnology, tropical ecology, and soil biology.
Biography Updated on 3 January 2012