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).
PhD: Since January 2017. Aspects into the relationship between habitats and lizards Eco-physiological, morphological and behavioral traits (co supervisor: Prof. David Chapple). 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 conduct a revision of 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.
MSc. 2014-2017 Taxonomy and phylogeny of racers (Platyceps "rhodorachis" complex) (co-supervisor: Dr. Roi Dor, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University)
M.Sc. Since October 2015 Natural history of little Israeli reptiles Simon studies the biology of Ophiomorus latastii, Ablepharus ruepellii, Chalcides guentheri, Eirenis decemlineatus, Eirenis lineomaculatus & Micrelaps muelleri. And he cannot talk to you about it, he is in the field (always)
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)