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School for Desert Studies

Ecology, Conservation and Management - Guidelines and Course Lists

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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
      204-1-1531Dr. 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
      205-1-1021 Prof. Amos BouskilaInvertebrate 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. Merav Vecht KatzEvolution
      001-2-3021Dr. Itamar GiladiBio-Statistics - ANOVA and Design of Experiments (can be completed during the program)
      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:

    1. A. Mandatory program courses
    2. B. Mandatory track courses
    3. C. Limited choice – program courses
    4. D. Limited choice – track courses
    5. E. Elective courses within the program
    6. 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 2017-18
    001-2-6666Dr. Berger Tal & Dr.  Bar–DavidDepartmental Seminar (every semester)0yes
    205-2-2522Dr. Itamar Giladi & Prof. Yaron ZivWorkshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Semester 2018-1)0.5yes
    205-2-2521Dr. Itamar Giladi & Prof. Yaron ZivWorkshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (semester 2018-2)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 #LecturerSubjectCredits
    001-2-9991 Thesis Writing A6
    001-2-9992 Thesis 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 #LecturerSubjectCredits
    001-2-1000 Thesis Writing – Continuation0


    B.    Mandatory Track Courses

    Evolutionary Ecology Track:

    Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2017-18
    001-2-3080Dr. Michal SegoliEvolution of Life Histories3yes

    Nature Conservation Track:

    Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2017-18
    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 2017-18
    001-2-3080Dr. Michal SegoliEvolution of Life Histories3yes
    001-2-3083Dr. Merav SeifanCommunity Ecology 3yes
    001-2-3084Prof. Burt Kotler Evolutionary Ecology3yes
    001-2-3088Prof. Berry Pinshow Ecological Physiology (prerequisite: Animal Physiology)3upon the request of at least 10 students
    205-2-8031Prof. Yaron ZivSpatial Ecology3yes


    D. Limited Choice – Track Courses

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

    Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2017-18
    EProf. Ariel NovoplanskyEvolutionary Ecology of Phenotypic Plasticity3no
    EProf. Amos BouskilaMathematical Models for the Study of Animal Behavior3no
    E Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyCamp Evolution2yes
    EProf. Yael LubinTopics in Behavioral Ecology2no
    C Dr. Oded Berger-TalAnimal Behavior in Conservation Biology3yes
    C Dr. M. Segoli, Prof. Y. LubinConservation Biological Control and Arthropod Behavior2no
    C Dr. Shirli Bar-DavidConservation Genetics3yes
    E, CDr. Merav SeifanThe Ecology of Plant-Animal Interactions3yes
    E, C Prof. Boris KrasnovEvolutionary Ecology of Parasitism 3yes
    E, C Prof. Alan TempletonPopulation Genomics and Conservation2.5no
    E, CDr. Itamar GiladiEcology and Evolution of Dispersal3yes
    E, C Dr. Hadas HawlenaMicrobial Ecology3yes


    E. Elective Courses within the Program:

    Course #LecturerSubjectCreditsOffered in 2017-18
    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

    Prof. Bertrand Boeken


    Prof. Bertrand Boeken

    Vegetation Ecology3yes

    Dr. Georgy Shenbrot


    Prof. Burt Kotler

    Topics in Ecology2yes

    Prof. Yael Lubin

    The Ecology of Arachnids3no
    001-2-3076Prof. D. Rubinstein, Prof. T. Berger and Prof. B. KotlerField Computational Ecology3yes

    Prof. Ariel Novoplansky

    Personal Projects in Evolutionary Ecology3yes

    Dr. Shirli Bar-David

    Introduction to Molecular Ecology2yes
    001-2-3091Dr. Merav SeifanContemporary Topics in Israeli Nature Conservation - Workshop3yes
    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

    Dr. Shirli Bar-David

    Guided Reading on Molecular Ecology2yes

    Prof. Amos Bouskila

    Behavioral Ecology of Equids3yes

    Dr. Michal Segoli

    Insect 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.


    E. Elective Courses outside the Program

    Course #
    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