Division of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
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–).
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–).
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 and Nearctic
scorpion faunas. I am PI on the REVSYS Vaejovidae grant (http://www.vaejovidae.com).
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.