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Curriculum Vitae

 

 

EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGIST, WITH FOCUS IN INVASIVE AND BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY THROUGH THE STUDY OF POPULATION AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS


 

EDUCATION

Philosophy Doctorate in Evolutionary Ecology — July 2014

University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of Biological Sciences

Ecology and Evolution

Thesis title: Divergent Behaviour amid Convergent Evolution: Common Garden Experiments with Desert Rodents and Vipers

Masters of Science in Dryland Ecology 2012

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Albert Katz School of Desert Studies

Thesis Title: Prey response to predators’ olfactory cues in changing climate experiment.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science–February 2009

Rochester Institute of Technology

Concentration: Organismal Biology and Ecology


 

LANGUAGES and FLUENCY

English: as mother tongue (read, write, converse)

Hebrew: as mother tongue (read, write, converse)

French: good (read, converse)


 

AWARDS

2013 Grants in Aid, American Society of Mammalogists, $1000

2013 Bodmer International Travel Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, $1400

2012 Bodmer International Travel Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, $3700

2009 REU, NSF, $4700

2008 Research Scholar, Rochester Institute of Technology, $2300

2007 REU, NSF, $4700


 

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

Gordon Research Conference: Predator Prey Interactions – Ventura Beach CA*- January 2016

International Society of Behavioral Ecology — August 2014

Gordon Research Conference: Predator Prey Interactions – Ventura Beach CA* – January 2014.

Annual Natural Areas Conference, Chicago, IL – November 2013

International Mammalogical Congress, Belfast, UK – August 2013 *

European Society for Evolutionary Biology Congress, Lisbon Portugal – August 2013 *

Society of Comparative and Integrative Biology, San Francisco California – January 2013*

Animal Behavior Annual Meeting, Bloomington Indiana — August 2011*

IDR Symposium “The Makings of Good Science” — March 2011**

NATO: Desert Desertification and Drylands — October 2010*

LTER Network Annual Meeting, Sde Boker, Israel– September 2010

IDR Symposium, “Modeling Reality” — February 2010

ESA 2009 Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico — August 2009*

ESA 2008 Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin — August 2008

NATO and the Arava Institute: State of The Dead Sea Conference, Ein Geddi, Israel — November 2007

* indicates poster presentation

** indicates being part of organizing committee.


 

SYMPOSIA and PRESENTATIONS

Invites Speaker Symposium – March 2015

University of Sydney

Title: Divergent Behaviors amid Convergent Evolution

Gordon Research Conference: Predator-Prey Interactions – January 2014

Ventura Beach, California, USA

Title: Cross Continental Convergent Predator-Prey Interviews; Convergent Species, non-convergent evasion strategies.

2013 Annual Natural Areas Conference – November 2013

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Title: Biological Invaders, assessing behavioral and physiological constraint-breaking
adaptations in controlled and natural settings.

European Society of Evolutionary Biology Annual Congress – August 2013

University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Title: Population selection experiment for recognition of evolutionary novel predator.

European Society of Evolutionary Biology Annual Congress – August 2013

University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Title: Cross Continental Convergent Predator-Prey Interviews; Convergent Species, non-convergent evasion strategies.

International Mammological Congress – August 2013

Queens University, Belfast, Ireland

Title: Evolutionarily Convergent yet Behaviorally Divergent; Cross-Continental Predator-Prey Cross Exposure.

GSOLS Seminar Series – March 2013

Rochester Institute of Technology

Title: Convergent rodents employ different strategies in evading exotic predators

Lincoln Park Zoo Seminar Series – March 2013

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago IL

Title: Convergent Species Diverge on Predator Evasion

Midwest Ecology and Evolution – March 2012

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Title: Is a Snake, a Snake? Prey response to evolutionary known and unknown predators.

Animal Behavior Society – August 2011

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Title: Gerbil Response to Predator Olfactory Cues; A Manipulative Climate Experiment

Ecology Graduate Seminar — March 2011

Ben Gurion University of The Negev

Title: Prey Perception of Olfactory Cues Left by Predators

Ecology Graduate Seminar–May 2010

Ben Gurion University of The Negev

Title: Prey Perception of Evolutionarily Unknown Predators

Summer REU Research Seminar — August 2009

Harvard University (Harvard Forest)

Title: Comparing Effects of Logging and Grazing on Ant Diversity along a Rainfall Gradient.

Ecological Society of America’s Annual meeting– August 2009

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Title: Effects of Grazing and Removal of Woody Plants on Diversity in a Mediterranean Climate.

College of Science Undergraduate Research Symposium — February 2009

Rochester Institute of Technology

Title: Review of applications of remote sensing in understanding land degradation and desertification.

College of Science Undergraduate Research Symposium — November 2008

Rochester Institute of Technology

Title: Assessing changes in biodiversity through the study of ant assemblages in Israel and in Western New York.

College of Science Undergraduate Research Symposium — January 2008

Rochester Institute of Technology

Title: Effects of grazing and removal of woody species on ant assemblages at the Mt. Meron Nature Reserve in Northern Galilee, Israel.

Summer REU Research Seminar — August 2007

Harvard University (Harvard Forest)

Title: Efficiency of ant collection methods in a mesic Mediterranean climate and the effects of grazing and removal of woody species on ant assemblages.

 


 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Postdoctoral Researcher — July 2014- Present

Research Assistant – May 2014-July 2014

Game on Game off: Ecological and Neurological Pathways to Fear

University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching Assistant – January 2014- May 2014 

Teaching labs and discussion sessions in field ecology (BIOS 331)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching Assistant – August 2013 to January 2014

Teaching labs and discussion sessions in introductory biology (community and population biology) (BIOS 101)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching Assistant – January 2013- May 2013 

Teaching labs and discussion sessions in field ecology (BIOS 331)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching Assistant – August 2012 – January 2013  

Teaching labs comparative vertebrate anatomy (BIOS 273)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Adjunct Lecturer of Environmental Science – August 2012- January 2013

Northeastern Illinois University

El-Centro Campus

Teaching Assistant – August 2011 to May 2012

Teaching labs and discussion sessions in introductory biology (community and population biology) (BIOS 101)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Conference Organizing Comity (voluntary) — May 2010– March 2011

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research

Institutes for Dryland Environmental Research (IDER)

Title: “The Makings of Good Science”

Computer management assistant — April 2010- July 2011

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

REU Research Position– April – August 2009

Harvard University (Harvard Forest)

Entomology at Long Term Ecological Research, Israel site

Title: Comparison of diversity responses to land management between the Mt. Meron Reserve and the Adulam Thicket.

Mentors: Dr. Aaron M. Ellison (Harvard Forest), Prof. Gidi Neeman (University of Haifa) and Dr. Ionescu Armin (Tel Aviv University and Israeli National Zoological Collection)

Research Scholar — June -August 2008

Rochester Institute of Technology

Entomology and Native American Science

Title: Effects of use of bio-char on ant biodiversity at the Ganondagan State Historic Site, NY.

Mentor: Dr. Paul Shipman.

Environmental Science Capstone — March – May 2008

Rochester Institute of Technology in cooperation with the town of Penfield, NY

Water quality and assessment of non-point source pollution.

Title: Non-point source pollutants found in the tributaries of Irondequoit Creek watershed within the town of Penfield.

Mentors: Gary Neuderfer, Ann Howard, Dr. John Waud, Dr. Karl Korfmacher, Dr. Anna Christy Tyler.

REU Research Position — May – August 2007

Harvard University (Harvard Forest)

Entomology at Long Term Ecological Research, Israel site

Title: Ant assemblages in the Mt. Meron Reserve in Israel in response to land management.

Mentors: Dr. Aaron M. Ellison (Harvard Forest), Prof. Gidi Neeman (University of Haifa) and Dr. Elli Groner (Arava Institute)

Bird Bander in Training (voluntary) — September 2006-November 2008

RIT Bird Observatory

Ornithology with a focus on bird migration

Title: Changes in warbler migration as a result of changing weather patterns related to global warming.

Mentors: Ms. Betsy Brooks (Braddock Bay Bird Observatory), Dr. John Waud and Dr. David Mathiason.

Interpretation Ranger — May -August 2006

Lava Beds National Monument (National Parks Service)

Student Conservation Association (Americorps)

Interpretation in the fields of geology (volcanology), conservation, ecology, the U.S. National Park Service and the history of the Indian Wars and the Modoc War in particular.

Research Assistant (voluntary) — October 2005- July 2008

Rochester Institute of Technology

Mammalogy with a focus on ethology

Title: Non invasive monitoring of reintroduced population of river otters (Lontra canadensis ) in Western New York waterways.

Mentor: Dr. Lei Lani Stelle.

 

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