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).
In the lab: 2010-2017 - and again since late 2019! Karin is doing her postdoc on the phylogeny and biogeographic history of (mostly) desert reptiles, co hosted by Salvador Carranza! (IBE-CSIC-UPF, Barcelona, Spain)
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 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
M.Sc. since October 2019 Elucidating drivers of global reptile rarity Co-supervisor: Uri Roll (Ben-Gurion University) e-mail: email@example.com
M.Sc. since October 2019
My primary research interests surround factors that shape the risk of reptilian extinction. I am focusing on snakes’ intrinsic life-history traits that might put species in greater threat. I am also interested in expanding the criteria that determine species' IUCN Red List threat status. I plan to check whether certain biological attributes may cause threat status shifts, and the implication these have for conservation management.
In October 2019 I began my MSc under the supervision of Prof. Shai Meiri and Dr. Uri Roll, focusing on detecting important predictors of species’ extinction risk.
Prior to my master's degree, my interest in conservation biology led me to earn a Postgraduate Diploma of conservation biology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. I also hold a bachelor's degree from the Department of Animal Sciences at the Hebrew University.
October 2013 - February 2020 Biogeography and evolution of the herpetofauna of Papua New Guinea across elevational gradients. And other stuff see it all in his webpage
Alex is now a postdoc at Gavin Thomas's lab at the University of Sheffield!
M.Sc. October 2015-2018
Simon is currently working as a lab manager at Ofir levy's lab.
Simon studied the Natural history of little Israeli reptiles: Ophiomorus latastii, Eirenis decemlineatus, & Micrelaps muelleri.
Simon is the greatest threat to rare reptiles in Israel, as he inevitably finds that what other people could not locate for years is actually extremely common. We are considering patenting him as a reptile locating and capturing device
Dr. Yuval Itescu (aka, prof. Ipescu, Herr Dr. Hrescu etc.)
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. He is the leader of the new, accurate concept of bird taxonomy recognizing six species globally (sparrows, eagles, ducks, parrots, owls and chickens)
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)