Maja TarkaMaja Tark, PhD – Sweden

 Maja Tarka is an evolutionary biologist with a PhD in animal ecology. Originally from Poland, she has spent most of her life living in Sweden and is currently holding a researcher position at Lund University. She is investigating how wild animal populations differ in their ability to evolve, depending on specific traits, selection types, life histories and ecological settings. She is a board member of MiMER (Minds in Motion Education and Research Centre), an organization raising funds to support research into equines and the human-equine bond. Maja is an avid spokesperson for bettering the living conditions of equines, by spreading knowledge and a better understanding of their needs. She has had a great interest in horses for her entire life, and prefers to spend her time walking side by side with her horse, and the other members of the herd. www.biology.lu.se/maja-tarka