Dr. Shou-Wang Lin


Zoological Institute and Museum
General and Systematic Zoology

Loitzer Str. 26
17489 Greifswald

Tel.: +49 (0)3834 420-4245
Cell: +49 (0)17681230336

Research interests

My research interest is in taxonomy and in the evolution of species diversity and sexually selected trait. I scrutinize and describe morphological characters, especially of the sexual organs and secondary sexual traits of dwarf spiders, in order to infer interspecific relationships and the evolutionary patterns of certain their sexual dimorphic prosomal structures. I also describe new species with comprehensive information, including detailed illustrations of sexual organs, habitus photos, measurement of multiple samples for each species, and characteristic sequence of certain genetic markers like mitochondrial COI and 16S genes, in order to facilitate advancethe research of on Taiwanese Linyphiidae diversity, and to address interesting evolutionary questions pertaining to ecology, evolution and speciation.

Curriculum Vitae
since 09/2014 PhD student, University Greifswald, General and Systematic Zoology, Research topic: Evolution of Nuptial Gifts in Erigoninae: Taxonomic Revision and Phylogeny of the Spider Genus OedothoraxTaiwanese dwarf spider diversity Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Uhl
2011 M.Sc. National Taiwan University, Department of Entomology, Thesis: “Life History of Two Fly Parasitoids, Aleochara nigra and A. asiatica (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), and Its Implications in Forensic Entomology” Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Shiuh-Feng Shiao
2008 B.Sc. National Taiwan University, Department of Entomology, Overall GPA: 3.86/4.3
Honors and Awards
04/2019 DAAD prize for an international student’s excellent achievements at the University of Greifswald. Media info
09/2018 Poster prize of the section Zoological Systematics, 111th annual meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG), Greifswald
09/2016 Poster prize of the section Zoological Systematics, 109th annual meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG), Kiel
2014 2-year government scholarship for studying abroad, Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan)
2009 T. A. scholarship of Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University
2008 Research Creativity Award, National Science Council
02/2005 – 06/2008, 09/2008 – 06/2010 Member of Chinese Martial Arts Team, National Taiwan University
2017-2018 Exercise instructor for Kung-Fu in sport course at the University of Greifswald, winter semester
08/2012 – 07/2013 Research assistant, Insect Population Laboratory, Entomology department, National Taiwan University, Taipei. Tasks: Hunting behavior of jumping spiders. Hiding behavior of tiger beetles. Administrative works
12/2011 – 07/2012 Platoon leader, military service, Army Technical Reconnaissance Group, Taiwan. Task: Regulate training and assign daily task to the troop
2004 – 2011, 2013 – 2014 Part-time science teacher, Pei-Da kindergarten, Taiwan. Task: Teach the children interesting knowledge about animals and plants
Lin, S. W. and Okuyama, T. 2014. Hidden burrow plugs and their function in the tiger beetle, Cosmodela batesi (Coleoptera, Cicindelidae). Journal of Ethology 32, 23-27
Lin, S. W. and S. F. Shiao. 2013. Life history data on the fly parasitoids Aleochara nigra Kraatz and A. asiatica Kraatz (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), and their potential application in forensic entomology. Forensic Science International 232, 46-55.
Conference Presentations
Lin, S. W., L. Lopardo and G. Uhl. 2017. Beating trees, spiders fall: fourteen new species of Shaanxinus Tanasevitch, 2006 (Araneae, Linyphiidae, Erigoninae) from Taiwan and Vietnam. Oral presentation at 30th European Congress of Arachnology, Nottingham, United Kingdom; 110th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society, Bielefeld, Germany.
Lin, S. W., L. Lopardo and G. Uhl. 2016. Taxonomic study of Oedothorax, a hopeful dwarf spider genus for investigating the evolution of sexual dimorphic male head structures. Poster presentation at 109th annual meeting of German Zoological Society, Kiel, Germany.
Lin, S. W., L. Lopardo and G. Uhl. 2015. Taxonomic study of Oedothorax, a hopeful dwarf spider genus for investigating the evolution of sexual dimorphic male head structures. Oral presentation at 29th European Congress of Arachnology, Czech Republic.
Lin, S. W. and S. F. Shiao. 2010. Coleopteran parasitoids in dipteran hosts: implications for forensic entomology. Oral presentation at VII International Congress of Dipterology, Costa Rica.
Lin, S. W. and S. F. Shiao. 2009. The Biology of Aleochara nigra and Aleochara asiatica (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) and their application on forensic entomology. Oral presentation at 33nd Taiwan Entomological Society Annual Meeting, Taiwan.
Researchvisits and Courses
Nov. 24th - Dec. 8th 2015 Natural History Museum of Geneva. Examination of 11 newly described Oedothorax species from India.
Jun. 1st – 22nd, 2015 Senckenberg Natural History Museum, FrankfurtExamination of Oedothorax specimens from Nepal; identifying undetermined erigonine collections from Europe, Africa and Asia.
Apr. 8th – May 2th, 2015 Zoological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark, CopenhagenAttending the course “Phylogenetic Systematics and Molecular Dating”; Examination of African and south east Asian erigonine species
Dec. 1st – 22nd, 2014 Zoological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark, CopenhagenExamination of erigonine morphological characters with emphasis on Oedothorax
Further Skills

Further Skills

Research Skills

Animal rearing:
low flies, fruit flies, small fruit flies, rove beetles, tiger beetles, parasitic wasps, stink bugs, dwarf spiders and jumping spiders

Insect and spider collecting:
Distribution survey of two rove beetle species in Taiwan; Dwarf spider collecting in Taiwan and Germany

Microscopy and scientific drawing:
Photographing and depicting insect and spider morphology with stereoscopic or compound microscopes

Molecular lab work:
DNA extraction; PCR; gel electrophoresis; Sanger sequencing; sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis with internet resource and computer program


Computer Skills

Netlogo: simulating predator-prey interactions; R: conducting statistical analyses, data plotting and Netlogo-simulated data processing

Microsoft Word
, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effect, Adobe Illustrator, Mesquite, TNT, Winclada, MrBayes, FigTree, jModelTest, Amira 3D Software



Chinese: native speaker

English: advanced listener, advanced speaker, advanced reading and writing

German: intermediate listener, intermediate speaker, intermediate reading and writing