Since October 2018 Biogeography, taxonomy and conservation of the South American lizards. I am member of the project “Biogeography, Biodiversity and Conservation of Cis-andean Squamate Reptiles” that documents and interprets spatial variations in endemism and phylogenetic diversity, testing if the bio-geographical patterns are properly represented in the current protected area system in South America. At the Steinhardt Museum I am studying species-complexes of cryptic taxa widely distributed in Eastern Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa (Western Paleartic lizards).
Since November 2019 Drivers of species diversification rates and endemism in Squamates. co-supervisor: Dr. Uri Roll (Ben-Gurion University)
Since December 2019 Living on the edge: cryptic diversity in peripheral populations of horseshoe and slit-faced bats, co-supervised by Dr. Eran Levin (Tel Aviv University)
I am interested in how species and ecosystems respond to acute environmental changes with an emphasis on those induced by human impact. I study these questions by exploring animal behavior, evolutionary ecology and functional genomics, studying birds and mammals around the world. I am currently looking for a postdoctoral position in evolutionary ecology, conservation genomics or animal behavior.
PhD: Since January 2017. Aspects into the relationship between habitats and lizards Eco-physiological, morphological and behavioral traits. (co -supervisor: David Chapple, Monash University, Australia)
MSc: 2014-2016 During my master, my research focus was on: Island biogeography of reptiles in the Greek islands (co supervisor: Prof.PanayiotisPafilis)
PhD: Since March 2018 I study the leafhopper genus Neoaliturus Distant in Israel, a genus which contains vectors of several plant diseases. Nine species are known to reside in Israel, three of which are considered species complexes, comprising an unknown number of species. My goal is resolving the taxonomy and phylogeny using an integrative taxonomic approach including behavioral, molecular and morphological analyses.
co-supervisor: Dr. Christopher Dietrich – Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, USA
MSc. 2014-2017 Taxonomy and phylogeny of racers (Platyceps "rhodorachis" complex) (co-supervisor: Roi Dor, Tel-Aviv University)
M.Sc. Since October 2015 Natural history of little Israeli reptiles Simon studies the biology ofOphiomorus latastii, Eirenis decemlineatus, & Micrelaps muelleri. And he cannot talk to you about it, he is in the field (always) and the Eirenis chapter is secret - his thesis got too long to include it
M.Sc. since October 2016 Captive breeding and conservation, as well as digit asymmetry and laterality in the Eastern Spade foot toad - Pelobates syriacus. Co-supervisor: Sarig Gafny (Rupin) e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Adva (Olga) Peretz
M.Sc. since October 2017 Archaeozoology and ecology of the water vole(Arvicola amphibious) Co-supervisor: Nimrod Marom (Haifa University) e-mail: email@example.com
M.Sc. since October 2018 Activity rhythms of reptiles (specifically species from the Genus Ptyodactylus and Chalcides) Co-supervisor: Noga Kronfeld-schor (Tel-Aviv University) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
M.Sc. since October 2019 The factors that shape extinction risk in reptiles Co-supervisor: Uri Roll (Ben-Gurion University) e-mail: annazimin[at]mail.tau.ac.il
Yuval was a part of the lab in 2010-2018. He is currently in Freie Universität Berlin doing his Post-Doc on urban biodiversity and invasive species in Jonathan Jeschke's group (http://www.jeschke.tk/). He still likes very much to play with souvlaki-devouring insular reptiles though.
October 2013-October 2017 My interests lie in reptile ecology, biogeography and conservation. I am particularly interested in the herpetofauna of New Guinea and conducting computer based modelling to elucidate patterns in species richness, range size and turnover. I also conduct field research in Papua New Guinea and intend to assess the effect of elevational gradients on reptile life history traits. (co supervisor: Dr. Allen Allison, Bishop Museum, Hawaii)