Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

The Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior aims at promoting modern research and teaching in the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology and animal behavior. The department is organized around two unifying research themes. The first involves the processes that underlie the evolution of various biological entities and phenomena ranging from the genetic code, genes and molecules, through body form, to behavior and social interactions. The second involves interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment, and studies how these interactions shape the evolution, abundance and distribution of organisms, and the structure and dynamics of populations, communities, ecosystems and the whole biosphere.
Research carried out in the department covers a wide spectrum of fields including micro- and macro-evolution, evolutionary developmental biology, molecular evolution, mechanisms and evolution of animal behavior, sociobiology, population and community ecology, landscape and movement ecology, ecosystems, marine biology, conservation biology, biodiversity, global environmental changes and biogeography. Most research fields combine theoretical and experimental approaches, and studies are conducted in terrestrial, aerial and marine environments, on both animals and plants.
The department’s laboratories are equipped with advanced technologies for molecular and physiological analyses, field studies, animal monitoring in the field and in the lab, experimental studies of animal behavior, geographical information systems, and remote sensing.
The department houses the Geoinformatics Technology Center of the Hebrew University and the Israeli National Natural History Collections at the Hebrew University, and plays a leading role in research and teaching carried out in the Heinz Steinitz Marine Biology Laboratory in Eilat.

E-mail Phone Fax Office
Prof. Yehu Moran Prof. Yehu Moran
Head of Department
02-65-85714 Berman -212
Dr. Dror Hawlena Prof. Dror Hawlena
Head of Graduate Program
02-65-85878 Berman -210
Ms. Sarit Levy Ms. Sarit Levy
Head of Secretariat
02-65-85390 02-6584741
Sociobiology, Chronobiology & Physiology of Bees
We study the evolution and mechanisms underlying sociality and social behavior, using bees as a model. Our main research focuses are: The interplay between circadian rhythms and social behavior. Size-related division of labor in bumblebees. The social evolution of juvenile hormone signaling. The interplay between sleep and social behavior. The involvement of non-coding RNA and RNA editing in behavioral plasticity. Hormones and social behavior. social and molecular mechanisms regulating body size and caste differentiation in bees.
Prof. Chipman examining biological specimen
Developmental & Evolutionary Biology
Studying arthropod evolution using different sources of information: Comparative embryology, comparative genomics, paleontology and systematics.
Adaptive Responses and Learning in Changing Environments
Mathematical models of ecological and evolutionary processes. Evolution of social behavior. Modeling of development, learning and behavior in complex environments.
Dr. Frada in his lab
Marine Microbial Eco-Physiology
Biological oceanography; Marine phytoplankton ecology and cell biology; Population dynamics; Life cycle strategies. My lab focus on the investigation of the main ecological and cellular differentiation between life cycle phases, understanding the role of each phase and the interplay with other organisms in the oceans as well as on the search for triggers regulating life phase transitions.
Studying Eilat coral reef
Biological Oceanography & Coral Reef Ecology
Benthic-pelagic coupling. Predator-prey interactions in the marine environment. Biomechanics and effects of flow on corals, invertebrates and fish.
Ecological genomics & evolutionary modeling
Modeling and analyzing population genomic datasets with applications to conservation; population genetic theory; modeling eco-evolutionary dynamics; modeling gene drives.
ד"ר הבלנה בעבודת שדה
Functional Ecology of Food-Web Dynamics
Ecological and evolutionary aspects of predator-prey interactions, stress ecology, inducible defenses, above-below ground interactions, ecological-traps, nutritional ecology, individual syndrome, ecology and evolution of conspicuous anti-predator colors and patterns, herpetology and especially lizard ecology, desert ecology, ecosystem conservation and restoration.
Land snails of ISrael
Taxonomy, Biogeography and Reproductive Biology of Gastropods
Diversity (systematics), ecology, evolution, natural history, biogeography and reproductive behavior of recent and fossil terrestrial and aquatic gastropods.
Prof. Kadmon in his lab
Biodiversity & Nature Conservation
Plant population and community ecology. Plant demography; vegetation dynamics; succession. Landscape ecology, geographical information systems (GIS); conservation.
Dr. Oren kolodny
Modeling Ecological & Evolutionary Dynamics
Molecular Evolution
The roles of microRNAs in cnidarian development; Evolution of sea anemone (and other strange animal) toxins; Evolution of voltage-gated sodium channels
Prof. Motro in his office
Models in Population Biology - The Evolution of Social Behavior
Applying and developing probability-based tools and techniques for describing and understanding phenomena and processes which are shaped by natural selection, in particular the evolution of social behavior.
Movement ecology - working with bats
Movement Ecology
Theoretical and applied population and community ecology, and aspects of movement ecology, in particular. Ecology and evolution of dispersal using an integrated theoretical-empirical approach, spatiotemporal population dynamics, Mechanistic models. Gene flow; frugivory plant-animal interactions, bird migration, ornithology, rarity, macroecology, conservation biology.
Prof. Uriel Safriel
Ecology of Global Climate Changes
 Man-environment dryland systems and desertification processes.
Prof. Emeritus Yehudah Leopold Werner
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Middle East
Reptiles and amphibians of the Middle East with emphasis on Israel: systematics, distribution, basic biology and conservation. Foraging mode of gecko lizards with emphasis on factors affecting its variation. Reproductive biology of gecko lizards and implications of egg size. Vocal communication of gecko lizards. Structure-function relations of the ear of gecko lizards. Structure-function-ecology-evolution relations of the eye of gecko lizards. Structure-function-ecology relations of the tail of gecko lizards.


מועד ומיקום Info
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Yoav Lindemann, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & The Interuniversity institute for Marine Sciences, Eilat

Title: Homogeneity and heterogeneity in marine zooplankton dispersion – Physical, Biological and Ecological drivers


Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Dr. Vivek Nityananda, Newcastle University 

Title: Stereo vision and prey detection in the praying mantis


Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Prof. Tanja Schwander, The University of Lausanne

Title: Genomic consequences of asexual reproduction in animals

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Prof. Mark Stoneking, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany 

Title: New Insights from Old DNA into the Settlement of the Pacific

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Dr. Jahnavi Punekar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 

Title: The end-Cretaceous mass extinction: crisis signals from planktic foraminifera

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Dr. Rohit Naniwadekar, Nature Conservation Foundation 

Title: Gardeners of tropical forests: understanding the ecological role of large-bodied hornbills as seed dispersers in Asian tropics

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Dr. Asaf Gal, The Rockefeller University

Title: The collective behavior of clonal raider ants: from ecologically relevant behaviors to simple responses

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: ProfDorothee Huchon, TAU 

Title: Genomic insights into the evolution of Myxozoa (Cnidaria)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Prof. Amatzia Genin, EEB Department, Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Title: An overlooked aspect of warming events: extreme rates of onset trigger mass mortality in coral reef fish

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Arie Fridrich, EEB, HUJI

Title: Evolution of the microRNA pathway in Metazoa: Novel insights revealed by functional studies in a sea anemone


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Dr Arseniy Morov from Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute (IOLR)

Title: Formation of the dorsal structures in amphioxus embryos


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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Dr Maria Sachkova, Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, University of Bergen, Norway

Title: Early evolution of nervous system: study of neuropeptides in ctenophores

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Sher from Department of Marine Biology, Leong H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa

Title: The black hole of death – and how to escape from it (for a marine bacterium)

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker: Associate Professor Ruth Hershberg from the Faculty of Medicine, Technion 

Title: The dynamics of adaptation to very prolonged resource exhaustion

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 14:00

Speaker:  Shay Stern, Technion

Title: Uncovering the basis of behavioral variation across developmental timescales

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Ms. Sondra Turjeman, HUJI

Title: From monogamy to migration in avian species: Genetic assessment of reproductive strategies and genomic study of microbiome dynamics

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Ivan Magalhaes, The Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Argentine Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Title: Systematics of Sicariidae spiders: evolutionary origin, biogeography, and taxonomy of Loxosceles violin spiders in Israel 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Rohini Balakrishnan, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Title: Communication in the cacophony

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Barbara Helm, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Title: The right timing? Clocks meet environment in wild birds

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Uri Gophna, School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Tel Aviv University

Title: CRISPR-Cas, molecular parasites, and gene exchange barriers in archaea



מועד ומיקום Info
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Monica Mowery, University of Toronto and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Title: Invasion in the light of evolution: an integrative approach using two widespread widow spider species

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Gideon Wasserberg, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Title: Ovipositon ecology of Phlebotomus papatasi sand flies, vectors of Old-World cutaneous Leishmaniasis: basic biology and implications for control

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Meital Oren-Suissa, Weizmann Institute, Department of Neurobiology

Title: Sex and the circuitry: the development of sexually-dimorphic neuronal circuits

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Viraj Torsekar,Dror Hawlena's lab,HUJI

Title: Ecology of predator-prey interactions in the context of prey reproductive decisions

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Eran Tauber,Haifa University

Title: The circadian clock in Drosophila: Latitudinal clines and molecular evolution of clock genes

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Anat Ben-Zvi,Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Title: Trade-Off between somatic proteostasis and reproduction in C. elegans

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Tamar Guy-haim, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR)

Title: Ocean-Hitchhikers: The biogeography and physiology of marine zoochorous dispersal and bioinvasions

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Oren Kolodny, EEB Department, HUJI

Title: Why did Moderns replace Neanderthals and not vice versa? And what took them so long?!?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 14:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Judith Wexler, Department of EEB, HUJI

Title: Hemimetabolous insects elucidate the origin of sexual development via alternative splicing

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Sirpa Nummela, University of Helsinki 

Title: The Mammalian Sensory Space: Co-operations and Trade-offs among senses

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Ally R. Harari, Department of Entomology, The Volcani Center

Title: Sex pheromone and information transfer

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Shawn Wilder, Oklahoma State University

Title: Trophic transfers of nutrients and their ecological consequences

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Einat Hazkani-Covo, Open University of Israel

Title: Abundance and significance of mitochondrial and plastid insertions into the nuclear genome

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Bina Perl, Ruppin Academic Centre

Title: Conservation and genetics of a living fossil frog

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Adi Livnat, Haifa University

Title: The role of sex in evolution and the nature of mutation

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Michael Kalyuzhny, EEB department of Hebrew University

Title: Bridging the gap between statics and dynamics in community ecology

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Bohbot, Entomology department of Hebrew University

Title: Evolution and Ecological Implications of Mosquito Indolergic Receptors

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Noga Kronfeld –Schor,Zoolgy Department, Tel-Aviv University

Title: 3D: diurnality, diabetes and depression

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Shir Atzil, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Title: Growing a social brain

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Takuya Iwamura, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Title:  Why do we want to incorporate human to biology?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Simcha Lev-Yadun, Department of Biology & Environment, Haifa University - Oranim

Title: Visual aposematism in spiny plants

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dries Bonte, Ghent University

Title: How dispersal connects ecology and evolution at multiple scales

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Gili Greenbaum, Department of Biology, Stanford University

Title: Understanding population structure and modeling gene flow

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Adi Stern, Tel Aviv University

Title: The hidden genetic reservoir of HIV during acute infection exposed using accurate next generation sequencing

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Dr Sarit Avrani, University of Haifa

Title: Sleeping with the Enemy: What enables the coexistence of phage and their photosynthetic bacteria hosts?


מועד ומיקום Info
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Lior David, Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, The Hebrew University

Title: Historical and recent reductions in genetic variation of the Sarotherodon galilaeus population in the Sea of Galilee

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Mr. David Shohami Supervised by Prof. Ran Nathan

Title: MOVEMENT ECOLOGY OF THE EGYPTIAN FRUIT BAT (ROUSETTUS AEGYPTIACUS) Navigation, optimal foraging and sociality

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Friedman, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, The Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Title: Using pairwise competitions to predict the structure of microbial communities 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Ariel Chipman, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Title: The genomic basis of arthropod diversity 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Jason Chapman
Title: Chasing the High Fliers: Radar Studies of Insect Migration

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 09:00 to 14:00

Seminar room, Berman bldg.

The annual symposium of the Natural History Collections is an informal meeting where the researchers will update us about their present activities and future plans.
The symposium will be held in Hebrew.

E-mail Phone Fax Office
Dr. Reuven Aharoni

02-65-84258 Berman -2XX
Mr. Nir Band

02-65-84659 Berman -204
Mr. Yoav Bartan Mr. Yoav Bartan

02-65-85505 02-6586080
Dr. Eyal Ben-Hur Dr. Eyal Ben-Hur

02-65-84659 Berman -X
Prof. Guy Bloch Prof. Guy Bloch

Research website
02-65-84320 02-6584741 Berman -114
Ms. Özlem Gönülkırmaz Çançalar

Research website
02-65-84270 Berman -112
Prof. Ariel Chipman Prof. Ariel Chipman

02-65-85816 02-6585809 Berman -206
Dr. Hanna Cholé

Research website
02-65-84270 Berman -113
Prof. Emeritus Dan Cohen Prof. (Emeritus) Dan Cohen

Dr. Mira Cohen

02-65-84270 Berman -116
Dr. Miguel Frada Dr. Miguel Frada

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02-65-84306 Berman -107
Ms. Maayan Franco

Research website
02-65-84270 Berman -116
Prof. Amatzia Genin Prof. (Emeritus) Amatzia Genin

02-65-85991 Berman -306
Dr. Gili Greenbaum Dr. Gili Greenbaum

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02-65- Silberman 3-608
Dr. Dror Hawlena Prof. Dror Hawlena

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02-65-85878 02-6584741 Berman -210
Prof. Emeritus Joseph Heller Prof. (Emeritus) Joseph Heller

Prof. Ronen kadmon Prof. Ronen Kadmon

02-65-84305 02-6584741 Berman -212
Dr. Oren Kolodny Dr. Oren Kolodny

Research website
02-65-85165 Berman -201
Ms. Sarit Levy Ms. Sarit Levy

02-65-85390 02-6584741
Prof. Yehu Moran Prof. Yehu Moran

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02-65-85714 Silberman 3-344
Prof. Uzi Motro Prof. (Emeritus) Uzi Motro

02-65-85165 02-6525626 Berman -202
Prof. Ran Nathan Prof. Ran Nathan

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02-65-84314 02-6584741 Berman -102
Ms. Asya Novikov

02-65-85809 Berman -225
Dr. Atul Kumar Pandey

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02-65-84270 Berman -112
Prof. Uriel Safriel Prof. (Emeritus) Uriel Safriel

Mr. Nevo Sagi Mr. Nevo Sagi

אתר החוקר
Mr. Oliver Siehler

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Ms. Sondra Turjeman

Research website
02-65-86110 02-6586080 Berman -303
Prof. Emeritus Yehudah Werner Prof. (Emeritus) Yehudah Leopold Werner