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  • The M.Sc. program in Ecology, Conservation and Management is a two-year program.
  • Chairperson of the teaching committee at the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies and Co-Chairperson of the program from the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research: Prof. Ariel Novoplansky; Chairperson of the teaching committee at the Life Science Department and Co-Chairperson from the Faculty of Natural Sciences: Prof. Yaron Ziv.



Students are required to have earned a B.Sc. in Life Sciences or an equivalent degree.

Students without sufficient background will be required to complete individually-prescribed courses for no academic credit, typically yet not exclusively, including the following courses or their equivalents:

Course #LecturerSubjectCredits
201-1-9431  The Mathematics of Systems 10
204-1-1531 Dr. Arik Mimon  General Chemistry B 0
204-1-1543Dr. Barak AkabayovGeneral Chemistry - Laboratory
205-1-9011Prof. Jerry Eichler & Prof. Amir SagiThe Cell0
205-1-1611Prof. Dan Mishmar & Dr. Ramon BirnbaumGenetics A0
205-1-1221 Prof. Khalil KashkushPlant science A 0
& &
205-1-1223Mr. Liron GorenPlant Sciences A Laboratory
205-1-1021Prof. Uri AbdoInvertebrate Zoology
 & &
205-1-1031Prof. Amos BouskilaVertebrate Zoology
205-1-3211 Prof. Ofer Ovadia and Prof. Burt KotlerEcology B0
001-2-3037Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyTutorial in Evolution (can be completed during the program)0
205-1-3171Dr. Shimon Bershtein Evolution
001-2-3021Dr. Itamar GiladiBio-Statistics - ANOVA and Design of Experiments (can be completed during the program)0
205-2-9681Prof. Ofer OvadiaStatistical Principles in the Analysis of Research Data

Specialization Tracks

Students will pursue one of the following tracks:

  1. Evolutionary Ecology (E)
  2. Nature Conservation (C)

All students are required to complete the following:

 A. Mandatory program courses 30
 B. Mandatory track courses 
 C. Limited choice – program courses
 D. Limited choice – track courses
 E. Elective courses within the program
 F. Elective courses outside the program
 Thesis Writing12


A. Mandatory Program Courses:

Students are required to attend at least 80% of the Departmental Seminars and Workshops in each semester, throughout their studies.

Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2018-19
001-2-6666Dr. Oded Berger Tal & Dr. Shirli Bar – DavidDepartmental Seminar (every semester)0yes
205-2-2522Dr. Itamar Giladi & Prof. Yaron ZivWorkshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Semester 2019-1)0.5yes
205-2-2521Dr. Itamar Giladi & Prof. Yaron ZivWorkshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (semester 2019-2)0.5yes
001-2-3063Prof. Burt KotlerAdvanced Topics in Ecology1yes
205-2-5021Dr. Moshe KiflawiMethods in Ecology3yes
205-2-1601Prof. Ofer OvadiaEcology of Populations3yes

 In the third and fourth semesters, students must register for 'Thesis Writing':

Course #SubjectCredits
001-2-9991Thesis Writing A6
001-2-9992Thesis Writing B6

Students who have completed the above Thesis Writing courses and continue their studies for a fifth semester must register for the following course:

Course #SubjectCredits
001-2-1000Thesis Writing – Continuation0


B. Mandatory Track Courses

Evolutionary Ecology Track:

Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2018-19
001-2-3080Dr. Michal SegoliEvolution of Life Histories2yes

Nature Conservation Track:

Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2018-19
001-2-3087Prof. David SaltzConservation Ecology4yes
001-2-3085Prof. David SaltzConservation Biology: Philosophy and Ethics2yes


Limited Choice Courses:

Limited choice courses belong to two course lists:

List C: Limited choice–program courses

List D: Limited choice –track courses

Students are required to complete at least 2 courses from list C and a total of 4 courses from lists C and D.


C. Limited Choice – Program Courses

Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2018-19
001-2-3080Dr. Michal SegoliEvolution of Life Histories2yes
001-2-3083Dr. Merav SeifanCommunity Ecology 3no
001-2-3084Prof. Burt Kotler Evolutionary Ecology3yes
205-2-8031Prof. Yaron ZivSpatial Ecology3yes


D. Limited Choice – Track Courses

(Annotated by track: E-Evolutionary Track; C-Nature Conservation Track)


Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2018-19
E 001-2-3001Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyEvolutionary Ecology of Phenotypic Plasticity3yes
E 205-2-7031Prof. Amos BouskilaMathematical Models for the Study of Animal Behavior3no
E 001-2-3335Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyCamp Evolution2no
E 001-2-3060Prof. Yael LubinTopics in Behavioral Ecology2no
C 001-2-3089Dr. Oded Berger-TalAnimal Behavior in Conservation Biology3yes
C 001-2-3077Dr. M. Segoli, Prof. Y. LubinConservation Biological Control and Arthropod Behavior2no
C 001-2-3045Dr. Shirli Bar-DavidConservation Genetics3yes
E, C 001-2-3020Dr. Merav SeifanThe Ecology of Plant-Animal Interactions3yes
E, C 001-2-3039 Prof. Boris KrasnovEvolutionary Ecology of Parasitism 3yes
E, C 001-2-3082Dr. Itamar GiladiEcology and Evolution of Dispersal3yes
E, C 001-2-3086Dr. Hadas HawlenaMicrobial Ecology2yes
E, C 001-2-3091Dr. Merav SeifanContemporary Topics in Israeli Nature Conservation –Workshop3yes
C 001-2-3092Dr. Oded Berger-TalAnimal Cognition and Conservation Biology3yes


E. Elective Courses within the Program:

Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2018-19
001-2-3023Prof. Carmi Korine & Prof. Berry Pinshow Echolocation and Bat-Insect Interactions in Desert Habitats3yes
001-2-3035Prof. Berry Pinshow, Dr. Nurit Agam, Prof. Scott Turner and Dr. Eugene MaraisBiophysical Ecology in the Namib Desert: Online Course and Field Workshop4yes
001-2-3036Prof. Bertrand BoekenAgroecology2.5yes
001-2-3034Prof. Bertrand BoekenVegetation Ecology3yes
001-2-3040Dr. Georgy ShenbrotBiogeography2yes
001-2-3041Prof. Burt KotlerTopics in Ecology2yes
001-2-3046Prof. Yael LubinThe Ecology of Arachnids3no
001-2-3076Prof. D. Rubinstein, Prof. T. Berger and Prof. B. KotlerField Computational Ecology3yes
001-2-3078Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyPersonal Projects in Evolutionary Ecology3yes
001-2-3090Dr. Shirli Bar-DavidIntroduction to Molecular Ecology2yes
001-2-3333Prof. Boris KrasnovGuided Reading on the Ecology of Parasites and Parasitism2yes
001-2-3334Prof. David Saltz (coordinator)Self-Study in Ecology (upon approval of student project)2yes
001-2-3344Dr. Shirli Bar-DavidGuided Reading on Molecular Ecology2yes
001-2-3355Dr. Hadas HawlanaGuided Reading in Microbial Ecology2yes
205-2-2281Prof. Amos BouskilaBehavioral Ecology of Equids3yes
205-2-4162Dr. Michal SegoliInsect Ecology3yes
205-2-7031Prof. Amos BouskilaMathematical Models for the Study of Animal Behavior3no


Courses from the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences at Eilat (IUI):

You may participate in one course per semester and in no more than two courses during the 2-year program. Students might register to more elective courses in the IUI, with the recommendation of the advisor and the approval of the teaching committee.

For more information please refer to:

Courses are in Hebrew except international courses.


F. Elective Courses outside the Program

Course #LecturerSubjectCredits
001-2-3079Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyScientific Presentation2
001-2-0153 Ms. Ayla AdlerAcademic Scientific Writing for Graduate Students2
001-2-4022Prof. Ehud MeronPattern Formation and Spatial Ecology3
001-2-4028Prof. Arnon KarnieliRemote Sensing for Agriculture, Rangelands, and Forestry (no prerequisites required)3
001-2-2038Prof. Naftali LazarovitchSoil Physics3
001-2-4029Prof. Yosef AshkenaziIntroduction to Statistics and Probability 3
001-2-5041Dr. Menachem SklartzPractical Bioinformatics for Environmental Studies3
001-2-7007Prof. Amos ZemelStatistical Methods 3
001-2-7010Dr. Menachem SklartzHands-on Introduction to R: Programming, Graphing and Statistical Exploration 2
001-2-7011Prof. Leonid PrigozhinNumerical Analysis Using MATLAB4
001-2-6002Dr. Aviva PeetersTheory and Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3