Evolutionary Biomaterials Group
Jonas O. Wolff

2007- 2010, Bachelor’s study in biology at the University of Kiel, Germany; 2010 - 2013,Master’s studies in biology at the University of Kiel, Germany, major subjects: biodiversity and evolution, ecology; minors: environmental management and conservation, geography; 2013-, PhD student at the University of Kiel.

Contact: phone: +49 431 880 4505, e-mail: jwolff@zoologie.uni-kiel.de


Scientific career:

2009-2013, research assistance at the ‘Functional Morphology and Biomechanics’ group, Zoological Institute, University of Kiel; studies on hairy attachment devices in spiders; 2009-2012, teaching assistance (Bachelor courses) at the Zoological Institute, University of Kiel


Research interests:

Adhesive structures and secretions in arachnids

Silk biomechanics

Bionics and biomimetics

Phylogeny of arachnids

Local spider fauna


Wolff, J. O., Schönhofer, A., Schaber, C., & Gorb, S. N. (2014). Gluing the ‘un-wettable’: Soil-dwelling harvestmen use viscoelastic fluids for capturing springtails. J. Exp. Biol., in press.

Wolff, J. O., & Gorb, S. N. (2014). Adhesive foot pads: an adaptation to climbing? An ecological survey in hunting spiders. Zoology, in press

Grawe, I., Wolff, J. O., & Gorb, S. N. (2014). Composition and substrate-dependent strength of the silken attachment discs in spiders. J. R. Soc. Interface, 11, 20140477.

Wohlfart, E., Wolff, J. O., Arzt, E., & Gorb, S. N. (2014). Two together is more than a sum of two separate singles: Collective effect of attachment organs in the spider Cupiennius salei Keyserling (Arachnida, Ctenidae). J. Exp. Biol., 217, 222-224.

Wolff, J. O., Nentwig, W., & Gorb, S. N. (2013). The Great Silk Alternative: Multiple Co-Evolution of Web Loss and Sticky Hairs in Spiders. PloS one, 8(5), e62682.

Wolff, J. O., & Gorb, S. N. (2013). Radial arrangement of Janus-like setae permits friction control in spiders. Sci. rep., 3, 1101.

Wolff, J. O., & Gorb, S. N. (2012). Comparative morphology of pretarsal scopulae in eleven spider families. Arthr. Struct. Dev., 41, 419-433.

Wolff, J. O., & Gorb, S. N. (2012). Surface roughness effects on attachment ability of the spider Philodromus dispar (Araneae, Philodromidae). J. Exp. Biol., 215(1), 179-184.

Wolff, J. O., & Gorb, S. N. (2012). The influence of humidity on the attachment ability of the spider Philodromus dispar (Araneae, Philodromidae). Proc. R. Soc. B, 279(1726), 139-143.

Book contributions:

Wolff, J. O., Schneider, J. M., Gorb, S. N (2014). How to pass the gap - Functional morphology and biomechanics of spider bridging threads. In: The biology and biotechnology of silk (ed. Tom Miller), Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Wolff, J. O., Gorb, S. N. (2013). Radiäre Anordnung anisotroper Hafthaare ermöglicht Reibungs-Kontrolle in Spinnen. In: Bionik: Patente der Natur. (ed. A. B. Kesel, D. Zehren), Bionik-Innovations-Centrum Hochschule Bremen.

Grants and Awards:

2014, Biodiversity Award (Förderpreis Biodiversität) of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, AdW-Mainz); 2nd Poster Prize of the Biomechanics Session at the SEB Annual Meeting, Manchester; DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Travel Grant; SEB Student Travel Grant; 2013-2015, PhD Scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes); 2013, Student Grant of the 19th International Congress of Arachnology; 2012, Annual Award of the ‘Fördeverein der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel’; 2011, SEB Student Travel Grant