REVSYS: SYSTEMATICS OF THE
SCORPION FAMILY VAEJOVIDAE
HomeScorpionsVaejovidaeThe ProjectActivities/Products AcknowledgmentsLinks

 

Project Overview
Aims
Motivation
Intellectual Merit
Broader Impacts

Participating Institutions
AMNH
WTAMU
IBUNAM
CAS

Individual participants
Principal Investigators
Lorenzo Prendini
W. David Sissom

Collaborators
Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students
High School Students
Technicians
Volunteers

Workplan
Fieldwork
Museum Collections
Databasing and Mapping
Taxonomy
DNA Sequencing
Phylogenetic Analysis
Publications/Authorship

Timelines and Goals
Research Goals/Products
Training Program
Project Management

 

 

Lorenzo Prendini

Division of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
U.S.A.
Tel.:     212-769-5843
Fax.:    212-769-5277
lorenzo@amnh.org
http://scorpion.amnh.org


Education:
B. Sc., Botany, Zoology, 1994, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; B. Sc. (Hons), Zoology, 1995, University of Cape Town; Ph. D., Zoology, 2001, University of Cape Town. 

Appointments: Assistant Curator (Arachnids and Myriapods), Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, New York (2002–). 

Adjunct Appointments: Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, City University of New York (2003–); Adjunct Professor, Department of Entomology, Cornell University (2004–); Research Associate, Transvaal Museum of Natural History, Pretoria (2004–). 

Research Interests: My primary research interests lie in the empirical study of phylogeny, macroevolution, speciation, biogeography, and comparative evolutionary biology, using scorpions and minor arachnid orders (Amblypygi,  Uropygi, Solifugae and Schizomida) as model organisms. One of my current research projects is a rigorous global phylogeny of the Scorpiones, using morphology and DNA. Besides investigating phylogenetic relationships among the major  lineages of scorpions, I have specific interests in revisionary systematics, particularly of the Afrotropical scorpion fauna. I am revising the scorpion genera in southern Africa, including phylogenetic analyses based on morphological and molecular data, and preparing an atlas of their distribution, based on material  contained in the world’s collections and new material collected during ongoing expeditions. I am also developing a research program into the systematics of other, poorly known arachnid orders, notably Amblypygi, Uropygi, Schizomida, and  Solifugae, and serve on the ATOL Phylogeny of Spiders project (http://research.amnh.org/atol/files/) in this capacity. 

Role in REVSYS project: I serve as Principal Investigator, coordinating research, training and administration of the REVSYS Vaejovidae project, which interfaces closely with my larger program on the higher phylogeny and classification of scorpions, as well as my revisionary syntheses of Afrotropical scorpion taxa. I am responsible for the acquisition of molecular data for the project, for scoring the morphology of vaejovid outgroups and addressing the monophyly of the family. I contribute experience in databasing, digital imaging, GIS, automated DNA sequencing, and quantitative phylogenetic analysis, and serve as the Ph.D. advisor of Edmundo González.

 


The material included in this site is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0413453.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
THE UNAUTHORIZED COPYING, DISPLAYING OR OTHER USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS OR OTHER CONTENT  FROM THIS SITE IS A ILLLEGAL. 
© Copyright 2005-2006.  All images in this site, even if they do not include an individual statement of copyright, are protected under the U. S. Copyright Act.  They may not be "borrowed" or otherwise used without our express permission or the express permission of the photographer(s),  artist(s), or author(s).  For permission, please submit your request to wsavary@yahoo.com.