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. Ariel Chipman Prof. Ariel Chipman
Head of Department
02-65-85816 02-6585809 Berman -206
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.
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.
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.
Ecology of Global Climate Changes
 Man-environment dryland systems and desertification processes.
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, 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
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
Mr. Niv Demalach Mr. Niv Demalach

Dr. Miguel Frada Dr. Miguel Frada

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

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

02-65-85991 Berman -306
Dr. Dror Hawlena Prof. Dror Hawlena

Research website
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
Ms. Sarit Levy Ms. Sarit Levy

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

Research website
02-65-85714 Berman -212
Prof. Uzi Motro Prof. (Emeritus) Uzi Motro

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

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

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

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

Mr. Oliver Siehler

Research website
02-65-84270 Berman -
Ms. Sondra Turjeman

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