My Research

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  • Checklist and Database of the Terrestrial Arthropods of Cyprus

A complete checklist of currently-known terrestrial arthropods of the island of Cyprus, compiled through an exhaustive literature search and freshly-collected material. The database is focused on the systematic positions of the species and their biogeography, with possible Cypriot endemism and their distributions in countries of the Levant, North Africa, Turkey, and Greece recorded. The checklist and database are currently only available offline; an online version is currently in the works. Once it is online, the plan is to expand the database with complete taxonomic data and images. Background information on the database-building process can be read here.

  • Carabidae Type Species Photography

Not really research, more manual labour. I am currently making high-quality anatomical photos of all the Carabidae holotypes in the collection of the Senckenberg Natural History Collections, Dresden. This keeps them safe, since these photos will be of good enough quality that personal examination of the types is unnecessary. The precise set-up varies depending on the specimen, so here is the entire equipment list: a Nikon D7100 with Micro 105/2.8 AI-S, Micro AF 60/2.8D, or an EL-Nikkor 50/2.8N, used either in standard direction or reversed with a  BR-2A, or with a Raynox DCR-150 or 250 added. Everything is mounted on a Novoflex bellows (no Nikon PB-6 was available for purchase, unfortunately!), and the entire contraption is attached to a Kaiser RS-1 copy-stand. Lighting is taken care of by two YN560IV controlled by a YN560TX or three JANSJÖ lamps, and scale calibration with a plastic ruler. In the near future, the set-up will be expanded by mounting microscope objectives to the lenses for extra magnification, useful for microstructural details.

Postponed/Stalled/Unfunded

A post describing why Cyprus is a potentially awesome place to do evolutionary biology research. This is my main long-term project, currently stalled due to lack of funding: investigating how microevolution and macroevolution are linked, using endemic insects and their interactions with the mutagenic heavy-metal rich soil of Cyprus. See also this. Related is my work on morphological evolution in Cypriot arthropods and its predictability.

My palaeontological work in Cyprus.

I work with biology teachers in high schools in Cyprus, giving students extracurricular activities that expand their knowledge of biology to beyond the confines of their curricula. It’s the best I can do, given that I’m legally not allowed to teach. If you’re a teacher, read this for ideas; if you’re a researcher who wants to work with kids and teens because you also love teaching, do the same. And if you’re a teacher in Cyprus, contact me!

How do antlion larvae react to to being constantly disturbed by human feet, motorcycle tracks, and  lots of drops of slightly acidic water? An analysis based on 3 months of daily data gathering in a public park trail.

Trying to link together  the elevated microevolution rates on Cyprus with the evolution of primary sexual characteristics and sexual isolation resulting therefrom.

How ground beetles move around a landscape with  different habitats.

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