I'm a 22 year old palaeontologist and entomologist. As the latter, I specialise in Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps) and spiders. My specific interest is first and foremost in systematics - sorting the animals into a historically correct tree of life, on the basis of their morphology. My secondary interest is in their ecology.
In general, my interest as a biologist is in phylogenetics (how to find if the systematic tree is historically correct) and in macroevolution (specifically, the origin and maintenance of morphological evolutionary novelties).
As a palaeontologist, I maintain an interest in the origin and early evolution of animals, and especially that of the arthropods. In Cyprus, my palaeontological work revolves around the effect of the Messinian Salinity Crisis on biodiversity and ecology, helped by the continuous marine fossil record of Cyprus.
With this research, I aim to test whether geology can affect the rate of microevolution and be a cause for insect endemism on the island of Cyprus.