Lizards of Patagonia presents a critical and integrated review of lizards from Patagonia. It summarizes the region's geomorphological history and climatic aspects, which makes it possible to interpret, from an evolutionary perspective, the latest findings on the various natural history aspects of its lizard fauna. As such, Lizards of Patagonia will appeal to all researchers and professionals specialized in lizard ecology and evolution.
Dr Mariana Morando is a Principal Researcher at the National Research Council of Argentina, working at the Instituto Patagónico para el Estudio de los Ecosistemas Continentales of Puerto Madryn, Chubut, and Professor of Evolution at the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco. She completed her basic studies at the Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto in 1994, a Master at Brigham Young University (BYU, USA) in 2003, her PhD at Universidad Nacional de Tucumán in 2004 (Argentina), and a postdoctoral leave at BYU in 2014-2015. Her research focuses on phylogenetic and phylogeographic aspects of the Patagonian and northwestern lizard fauna of Argentina, mainly using molecular markers. She has authored or co-authored 117 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr Luciano Javier Avila is a Principal Researcher at the National Research Council of Argentina working at the Instituto Patagónico para el Estudio de los Ecosistemas Continentales of Puerto Madryn, Chubut. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto in 1990, his PhD at the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman in 1996 and a postdoctoral stay at Brigham Young University (USA) in 2000-2004. His research focuses on the taxonomy, phylogeny and natural history of the southern South American Herpetofauna. He is the author or co-author of 195 articles and notes on species limits, phylogenies, phylogeographies, bioinventories, biogeography, spatial ecology and natural history (including 90 peer-reviewed articles), nearly 80% of which involved Patagonian lizards.