Maria is interested in the impacts of past and future climate change on Arctic ecosystems. Her DPhil research aims to understand the influence of sea ice variability on Arctic species since the last glacial by using panarctic sea ice reconstructions and phylogeographic data. This work aims to contribute to our understanding of the potential impacts of present-day sea ice loss on species throughout the Arctic.
Maria is a member of the Oxford NERC DTP and a guest PhD student at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). In 2019 Maria completed a NERC Policy Internship at the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) where she researched a policy brief summarising climate change-biodiversity interactions and their place in international environmental policy. Maria holds an MRes in Ecosystem and Environmental Change from Imperial College London, and a BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford.
Awards and Funding
- 2018 - Wolfson College Steward's Award
- 2017 - GCEE Prize, Imperial College London
- 2016 - College Prize & Adam's Bursary, St John's College