Juliane Diller was born in Lima in 1954 and grew up in Peru. In 1968 she accompanied her parents into the lowland rainforest to the biological station “Panguana”, where they explored the primeval forest, which was hardly known at the time.
After the early death of her mother due to a plane crash in the Peruvian jungle on Christmas Eve 1971, which she was the only one to survive, she moved to Germany in 1972, finished school and studied biology in Kiel and Munich. She conducted the field studies for her diploma thesis on day butterflies and her dissertation on bats in Panguana (see publications). In 2000, after the death of her father, she took over the management of the station and today regularly organizes research expeditions there.
Juliane Diller has been working at the Zoologische Staatssammlung München (ZSM) since 1989, where she manages the large specialist library and is deputy director. She has lived with her husband near Munich for over 30 years.