Lauren gopher snake
Collection Manager, Herpetology
Rayna Bell, PhD, Assistant Curator of Herpetology
Assistant Curator of Herpetology
Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles

I am an organismal evolutionary biologist who integrates genomic techniques with field biology to study diversification in amphibians and reptiles. Prior to joining the Academy’s Herpetology Department, I completed a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, and I served as Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Bob Drewes with Cobra Bobo caecilian
Curator of Herpetology, Emeritus
Erica Ely
Curatorial Assistant, Herpetology
Curator of Herpetology, Emeritus
Ed Stanley with a 3D printed skull of the sungazer lizard, Smaug giganteus
Postdoctoral Fellow, Herpetology
Lizard systematics and evolution

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.

Marcel photo
Graduate Student, Herpetology