Curriculum Vitae

Since 2018          Junior Research Group Leader at the Institute of Zoology, RWTH Aachen University
Since 2018          Associated PostDoc at the Institute of Organismic and Molecular Biology, Universität Mainz
2018                      Visiting Researcher at the School of Biological, Eath and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2018                      PostDoc at the Department of Biological Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
2017                      PostDoc at the Westfälischen Institut für Bionik, Westfälische Hochschule, Bocholt
2012-16               Dissertation: „Cribellate spiders and the production of their capture threads“
2007-12              Studies of Biology at the RWTH Aachen University



Grannemann, C.C.F., Meyer, M., Reinhardt, M., Ramírez, M.J., Herberstein, M.E., Joel, A.-C. Small behavioral adaptations enable more effective prey capture by producing 3D-structured spider threads. Scientific Reports

Joel, A.-C. & Weissbach, M. Same principles but different purposes: passive fluid handling throughout the animal kingdom. Integrative and Comparative Biology


Heiss, A., Park, D. & Joel, A.-C. The calamistrum of the feather-legged spider Uloborus plumipes investigated by FIB-SEM tomography. Microscopy and Microanalysis

Joel, A.-C., Buchberger, G. & Comanns, C. Moisture-harvesting reptiles – a review. In: Gorb, S.N.; Gorb, E.V. (ed): Functional Surfaces of Biology III: Diversity of the Physical Phenomena. Springer Science & Business Media

Joel, A.-C. & Foelix, R. Beutebehandlung bei der Kescherspinne Deinopis und anderen cribellaten Spinnen. Arachne

Joel, A.-C., Adamova, H. & Bräunig, P. Mechanoreceptive sensillum fields at the tarsal tip of insect legs. Journal of Morphology


Bott, R. A, Baumgartner, W., Bräunig, P., Menzel, F. & Joel, A.-C. Adhesion enhancement of cribellate capture threads by epicuticular waxes of the insect prey sheds new light on spider web evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Joel, A.-C. & Baumgartner, W. Nanofibre production in spiders without electric charge. Journal of Experimental Biology

Joel, A.-C., Habedank, A. & Mey, J. Vibratory movements in contests between females of the feather-legged spider Uloborus plumipes. Zoology

Joel, A.-C., Habedank, A., Hausen, J. & Mey, J. Fighting for the web: competition between female feather-legged spiders (Uloborus plumipes). Zoology


Joel, A.-C., Scholz, I., Orth, L., Kappel, P. & Baumgartner, W. Morphological adaptation of the calamistrum to the cribellate spinning process in Deinopoidae (Uloboridae, Deinopidae). Royal Society Open Science

Foelix, R.F., Rechenberg, I., Erb, B. & Joel, A.-C. Über den Bau der Wohnröhren bei wüstenlebenden Spinnen. Arachne


Joel, A.-C., Kappel, P., Adamova, H., Baumgartner, W. & Scholz, I. Cribellate thread production in spiders: Complex processing of nano-fibres into a functional capture thread. Arthropod Structure & Development

Foelix, R.F., Joel, A.-C. & Erb, B. Wie die Kräuselradnetzspinne Uloborus ihre Beute einwickelt und verdaut. Arachne

Foelix, R.F., Rechenberg, I., Erb, B. & Joel, A.-C. Zum Sandtransport der „Radlerspinne“ Cebrennus rechenbergi JÄGER, 2014. Arachne