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Dr. Aaron M. Bauer, Ph.D., received a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary he moved in 1988 to Villanova University in suburban Philadelphia, where he is Professor of Biology and holds the Gerald M. Lemole Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology. He has authored 900 journal articles, books, and other publications, chiefly on the systematics, evolutionary morphology, paleontology, ecology, and biogeography of reptiles, especially lizards, and has described almost 300 new species of reptiles, including the largest known gecko and several 100 million year old fossils in amber. He maintains an active field research program in Africa, tropical Asia, and the South Pacific. He also conducts research on the history of herpetology and museology. Dr. Bauer currently serves as an editor or editorial board member of 12 national and international journals and edits the book series Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, Contributions to Herpetology, and The Emergence of Natural History. He has research appointments at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, The California Academy of Sciences, The Western Australian Museum, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has served as President of the Herpetologists’ League, the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, the International Herpetological Symposium, the Herpetological Association of Africa, and the International Society for the History and Bibliography of Herpetology, as well as Secretary General of the World Congress of Herpetology. 

Title: New Caledonia: Evolution, Diversity and Endemism in a South Pacific Gecko Hotspot

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