Postdoctoral Fellow, Herpetology
Dr. Ed Stanley's research interests cover a range of topics concerning the systematics and evolution of African squamates (snakes and lizards) and amphibians. He is particularly interested in the evolutionary patterns of the Cordylidae, a family of lizards endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. This work requires a combination of morphological, biogeographical and phylogenetic analyses to untangle the complex processes that drive diversification. One particularly exciting aspect of this work uses High-Resolution Computed-Tomography (CT scanning) to quantify and analyze the incredible variation in the degree of armor displayed by the members of the family.