2005 – 2010
PhD at the Natural History Museum Bern and the University of Bern: “On dwarfs and trees - Phylogenetic aspects on erigonine spiders“

2000 – 2004
Master in Biology at the University of Bern: „Epigäische Spinnengesellschaften an der alpinen Waldgrenze“

Further Education

2014 – 2015
ICOM-Course „Basics in applied museology“


2019 – 2020
Head of project, Swiss Natural History Collections Network, Swiss Academy of Sciences

2019 – 2020
Head of project, permanent exhibitions for the new Musée d'histoire naturelle Fribourg

2015 – 2019
Head of department Natural History Museum at Naturama Aargau, Switzerland. Vice director after 2018

2013 – 2015
Curator and head of the Liechtenstein National Collection of Natural History

2011 – 2012
Head of department Nature and Landscape and Curator of the Liechtenstein National Collection of Natural History. National Office of Environment, Liechtenstein

2010 – 2011
PostDoc at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen

Scientific Interest

Phylogeny and comparative morphology of dwarf spiders
Systematics and biogeography of mynoglenine spiders


Frick H, Greeff M, 2021. Handbook on natural history collections management – A collaborative Swiss perspective. Swiss Academies Communications 16

Frick H, Scharff N, 2018. Description of one new genus and four new species of mynoglenine spiders from Africa (Araneae: Linyphiidae: Mynogleninae). European Journal of Taxonomy 415: 1-27

Frick H, Scharff N, 2014. Phantoms of Gondwana - Phylogeny of the ancient spider subfamily Mynogleninae (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Cladistics 30: 67-106

Frick H, Nentwig W, Kropf C, 2010. Progress in erigonine spider phylogeny the Savignia-group is not monophyletic (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Organisms, Diversity & Evolution 10: 297-310

Frick H, Muff P, 2009. Revision of the genus Caracladus Simon, 1884 with the description of Caracladus zamoniensis spec. nov. (Araneae, Linyphiidae, Erigoninae). Zootaxa 1982: 1-37

Frick H, Nentwig W, Kropf C, 2007. Influence of stand-alone trees on epigeic spiders (Araneae) at the alpine timberline. Annales Zoologici Fennici 44: 43-57

Further publications

Projects and Museum Activities

Lector „Biology of spiders“, University of Bern

Concepts for the special exhibitions „Fragile – collected, hunted, investigated“, „Wild for Woods“ and „Sexperts – choosy chicks and randy rabbits“


Council member of the European Society of Arachnology
Council member of the Association of Natural History Museums and Collections of Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Management Committee COST-Mobilise EU
Member of the SwissCollNet Board of Experts of the Swiss Academy of Sciences