I am a National Geographic Explorer and NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology at the University of California, Berkeley sponsored by Dr. Ian Wang (UC Berkeley, USA) and Dr. Panayiotis Pafilis (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece).
I study the ecology, evolution, and behavior of reptiles. My research aims to understand how biological variation is generated, maintained, and lost in nature. My work spans biological scales, from molecules to macroevolution. I use large-scale field studies, behavioral experiments, genetics and genomics, and comparative methods to understand how organisms interact with their environment.
My fieldwork largely takes places in the Greek Cycladic islands, where Team Savres and I use this special archipelago to understand how life (mainly reptiles) evolves in different environments and ecological contexts.
Podarcis wall lizards are my star study species. Team Savres has ongoing Podarcis projects in Greece, Italy, and L.A.