Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biology, University of Oslo, Blindern, 3016 Oslo, Norway.
1985-88 B. Sc. in Biology, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1988-91 M. Sc. in Plant Physiology; thesis, "A morphological marker of transitions towards salt adaptation in Sorghum bicolor", supervision of Dr RH Lerner, Dept of Plant Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1995-03 Ph.D. in lizard microevolution, “Microevolution of proneness to tail loss in lizards” Professor Yehudah L. Werner, Dept of ESE, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Dr Avigdor Beiles, Institute for Evolution, University of Haifa.
Main research interests:
(a) Emergence of adaptive information and evolution.
(b) Community ecology and stability.
Appointments at the Hebrew University:
1997-99 Teaching assistant in first year course “An introduction to ecology and
1998-99 Teaching assistant in third year course “An introduction to amphibians and
reptiles of Israel”.
1999-00 Teaching assistant in third year course “Ecology of nature conservation”.
2000-01 Teaching assistant in first year courses “An introduction to ecology and
population biology”; “Basic laboratory for Ecology”; and second year
course “An introduction to marine invertebrates”.
2004-5 External lecturer in 3 courses: “Principles of Biology A: cell biology”, “Principles of Biology B: from organisms to ecosystems” and “Cell Physiology”, the Jerusalem College of Technology.
2007-08 Half time field and laboratory technician of Yaron Ziv, Spatial Ecology laboratory, Dept.
of Life Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
2000-01 Short project on New Zealand’s herpetofauna, with Charles D Daugherty, Victoria University at
Wellington, New Zealand
2001-02 Project on molecular mechanisms of developmental instability, sponsored by
Professor Leigh VanValen at the Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago.
2002-04 Project on molecular evolution of vertebrate mitochondrial genomes with Dr David
Pollock, Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University.
2008- Project in theoretical biology with Thomas F Hansen, Center for Ecological & Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo.
Awards: Rothschild fellowship (27000 US $ +10500 $ family help) for the year 2001-2.
Reviewed for: Animal Behavior, 2003; Biosystems, 2009; BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2007,2009; BMC genomics 2009-10; BMC Research Notes, 2009; Diversity & Distributions, 2005; Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 2007; Heredity, 2005; Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 2006-7; Journal of Biological Engineering 2008; Journal of Herpetology, 2007; Journal of Molecular Evolution, 2007; Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2005-9; Microbiology, 2003; Mitochondrion, 2008; Molecular Microbiology, 2005; Nucleic Acids Research, 2007; World Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2010.
Languages: French, German, Luxemburgish, Hebrew, English. (Latin).
Conservation of nature, nature photography, culture and language structures, history.
Hiking, semi-long distance running, archery.