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.
Want to find out more about girdled lizards? Read about the diversity, ecologies and life histories of the various cordylid genera here, or watch a video about Ed's research here.