Maria Novosolov is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, working under the supervision of Prof. Shai Meiri. She is a winner of the Clore fellowship for Ph.D. studies.
Maria completed her M.Sc. and her undergraduate studies at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests lie in island biogeography and evolution, mainly focusing on global patterns and adaptation of species traits to insular environments by using a comparative approach. In her Ph.D., she focuses on the changes species undergo while adapting to insular environments and its comparison to mainland species. Maria is passionate to research the drivers that stimulate the colonization and adaptation of species to deferent type of islands.
Maria has published her work in several peer-reviewed journals such as Global Ecology and Biogeography and Journal of Biogeography. She also presented her work over the years in multiple national and international conferences (e.g. Evolution 2012/2016, IBS 2015, Island Biology 2016, BES Macro 2016).
Maria has developed a course for the R statistical program. In addition, she was the teaching assistant in the ‘Introduction to Vertebrates’ lab between the years of 2012-2015.
In her not-so-common spare time Maria enjoys traveling the world while photographing everything she sees, making wine and then drinking it, and accumulating new hobbies (with low rate of success) such as rock climbing, programming and guitar playing.