Staff Profiles

Lorenzo Prendini

Curator, Arachnida, Myriapoda Collections
Principal Investigator, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

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  • Education

      • University of Cape Town, Ph.D., 2001
      • University of Cape Town, B.Sc., (Hons), 1995 
      • University of the Witwatersrand, B.Sc., 1994
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Dr. Prendini’s research addresses the systematics, biogeography and evolution of scorpions, using a combination of morphological, molecular and distributional data, and diverse analytical tools. Current research on scorpions is focused in three main areas: reconstructing the phylogeny and revising the contentious suprageneric classification of scorpions; systematic revisions of Afrotropical, New World, and Australasian scorpion families (work in the latter two regions conducted mostly by trainees under Prendini’s supervision and forming part of grant-funded initiatives); testing adaptational and biogeographical hypotheses in sub-Saharan Africa. Prendini is developing similar research programs into the systematics of three little known arachnid orders: whip spiders (Amblypygi), sun spiders (Solifugae) and whip scorpions (Thelyphonida). The search for interesting arachnids has taken Prendini and his research group to more than 30 countries on all continents except Antarctica. Besides arachnids, Prendini is interested in the evolution of insect-plant associations and in theoretical issues concerning the phylogenetic analysis of morphological data including, but not limited to, methods for representing terminal taxa, differential character weighting, dynamic homology of trichobothria, and the coding of sexually dimorphic and serially homologous characters.

      Please contact Dr. Prendini if you are interested in borrowing Arachnida (Araneae), Arachnida (non-Araneae) or Myriapoda or visiting these parts of the collection.

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