Bayworld Centre for Research & Education

Terrestrial Biology

Research Associate:William R Branch
PE Museum/Bayworld
Research Interests:
  • Herpetology
  • Systematics and Evolution
  • Conservation
Current Projects:
  • South African Reptile Atlas and Red Data Book
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute - Patterns and processes of reptile speciation in Southern Africa.
  • Phylegenetic analysis of relationships within cosmopolitan thread snakes (Leptotyphlops)
  • Taxonomic studies on African geckos (Pachydactylus, Lygodactylus, Afroedura)
  • Systematics and phylogenetic relationships of scincine lizards
  • Phylogeny of the lacertid genus Nucras
  • A Phylogeny of Cordylid lizards
  • Phylogeographic studies on the skinks Trachylepis sulcata and T. variegata
  • Studies on African chameleons and the description of new species
  • Taxonomic status of African house snakes and their allies, with the description a new genus
  • A phylogeny of the African snakes of the family Atractaspididae
  • A phylogeny of African green snakes (Philothamnus and related genera)
  • Taxonomy and phylogeny of Angolan lacertids of the genus Pedioplanis, with the description of two new species of the P. benguellensis complex
  • Description of a new species of reed frog (Hyperolius) from Angola
  • A molecular phylogeny of the lizard familiy Gerrosauridae
Former Projects:
  • A molecular phylogeny of African snakes
  • Taxonomic status of the montane isolates of the Berg adder (Bitis atropos)
  • A phylogeny of Psammophine snakes
Collaborators:Dr C Kelly
  - Rhodes University, Grahamstown
 Dr Colin Tilbury
  - KwaZulu-Natal
 Dr E Greenbaum
  - University of Texas, USA
 Dr John Measey
  - SANBI, Kirstenbosch
 Dr Krystal Tolley
  - SANBI, Kirstenbosch
 Dr M Bates
  - National Museum, Bloemfontein
 Dr Nicolas Vidal
  - Service de Systématique Moléculaire, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
 Jessica de Silva
  - SANBI, Kirstenbosch
 Prof Aaron Bauer (Professor)
  - Villanova University, USA
 Prof S B Hedges (Professor)
  - Pennsylvania State University, USA
Research Team:Werner Conradie
  - Research Assistant
  - PE Museum/Bayworld
Former Students:Graduated
 Mr J Warner
Study on the biology of the threatened Gaboon Adder in KwaZulu-Natal
 Registered at: University of the Witwatersrand
 Mr M vd Meer
Ecology of southern African sandveld lizards (Lacertidae: Nucras)
 Registered at: University of Villanova, USA
 Mr Daniel Portik
Comparative phylogeography of two skink species in Southern Africa
 Mr Edward Stanley
Evolutionary relationships within the Family Cordylidae (Squamata)