​​​​​​​​​​​​ Essential Course Lists 

Course Syllabi   

Course Enrollment Guidelines


 

M.Sc. in Ecology and Nature Cons​​ervation


  • The M.Sc. program in Ecology and Nature Conservation 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: Dr. Itamar Giladi; Chairperson of the teaching committee at the Life Science Department and Co-Chairperson from the Faculty of Natural Sciences: Prof. Yaron Ziv.
  •  

    Prereq​u​​​​​isites:


  • 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 #

Lecturer

Subject

Credits

Offered in

2020-21

201-1-9431

 

 The Mathematics of Systems 1


0

semester A

204-1-1531 &

204-1-1543

Dr. Arik Mimon

 

Dr. Barak Akabayov

 General Chemistry B

 

General Chemistry - Laboratory

0

no

 

semester B

205-1-9011

Prof. Jerry Eichler & Prof. Amir Sagi

The Cell

0

semester A

205-1-1611

Prof. Dan Mishmar & Dr. Ramon Birnbaum

Genetics A

0

semester A

205-1-1221 &

205-1-1223

or

205-1-1021 &

205-1-1031

Prof. Khalil Kashkush

Mr. Liron Goren

 

Prof. Uri Abadi

 

Prof. Amos Bouskila

Plant science A

&

Plant Sciences A Laboratory

 

Invertebrate Zoology

&

Vertebrate Zoology

0

semester B

 

semester B

 

semester A

 

semester A

205-1-3211

Prof. Ofer Ovadia and Ms. Ella Pachter Zafrir

Ecology B

0

semester A

001-2-3037

 

or

 

205-1-3171

Prof. Ariel Novoplansky

 

 

Dr. Shimon Bershtein

Tutorial in Evolution (can be completed during the program)

 

 

Evolution

0

semester A &

semester B

 

semester A

001-2-3021

 

or

205-2-9681

 

Dr. Itam​​ar Giladi

 

Prof. Ofer Ovadia and

Bio-Statistics - ANOVA and Design of Experiments (can be completed during the program)

Statistical Principles in the Analysis of Research Data

0

semester A

 

semester A


​​Specialization Tracks


Students will pursue one of the following tracks:

1.Evolutionary Ecology (E)

2. Nature Conservation (C)


​All students are required to complet​​​e t​he followin​​g: 

Subject​

Credits

A. Mandatory program courses

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


30

Thesis Writing

12

Total

42

 

A.    Mand​​atory Pr​​​ogram C​​​​ourses:

 

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

 

Course #

Lecturer

Subject

Credits

Offered in

2020-21

001-2-6666

Dr. Shirli Bar–David

Departmental Seminar

(every semester)

0

semester A

&

semester B

205-2-2524

Dr. Itamar Giladi & Prof. Yaron Ziv

Workshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Semester 2021-1)

0.5

semester A

205-2-2523

Dr. Itamar Giladi & Prof. Yaron Ziv

Workshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (semester 2020-2)

0.5

semester B

205-2-5021​

Dr. Moshe Kiflawi

Methods in Ecology (An eight-day intensive course offered during the FALL break)

3

Intensive course during the fall break

205-2-1601

Prof. Ofer Ovadia


Ecology of Populations

3

semester A


 

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

 

Course #

​Subject

Credits

001-2-9991

Thesis Writing A

 

6

001-2-9992

Thesis Writing B

 

6

 

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

 

Course #​​

Subject

Credits

001-2-1000

Thesis Writing – Continuation

 

0

 


B.    Mandatory Track​​ ​​​​​Courses​​

Evolutionary Ecology Track:

Course #

Lecturer

Subject

Credits

Offered in

2020-21

001-2-3084

Dr. Michal Segoli

E​volutionary Ecology

4

semester A

 

Nature Conservation Track:

Course #

Lecturer

Subject

Credits

Offered in

2020-21

001-2-3087

​Dr. Oded Berger-Tal

Conservation Ecology

4

semester A

001-2-3085

Dr. Uri Roll

Conservation Biology: Philosophy and Ethics

2

semester A

 

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 C​​​​​​​o​urses

 

Course #

​Lecturer

Subject

Credits

Offered in

2020-21

001-2-3083

Prof. Merav Seifan

Community Ecology

 

3

no

001-2-3084

Dr. Michal Segoli

Evolutionary Ecology

 

4

semester A

205-2-8031

Prof. Yaron Ziv


Spatial Ecology

3

no

 

D. Limite​​d Choice – Tra​​​ck C​​ourses

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

 

Course #

Lecturer

Subject

Credits

Offered in

2020-21

E

001-2-3001

Prof. Ariel Novoplansky

Evolutionary Ecology of Phenotypic Plasticity

3

semester A

E

205-2-7031

Prof. Amos Bouskila

Mathematical Models for the Study of Animal Behavior

3

no

E

001-2-3335

Prof. Ariel Novoplansky

Camp Evolution

2

no

C

001-2-3089

Dr. Oded Berger-Tal

Animal Behavior in Conservation Biology

3

semester B

C

001-2-3093

Dr. Michal Segoli

Arthropod Behavior and Agroecology

2

Intensive course (29/3- 2/4/2021)

C

001-2-3045

Dr. Shirli Bar-David

Conservation Genetics

3

semester B

 

E, C

001-2-​3020

Prof. Merav Seifan

The Ecology of Plant-Animal Interactions

3

semester B

E, C

001-2-3039

Prof. Boris Krasnov

Evolutionary Ecology of Parasitism

3

semester A

E, C

001-2-3082

Dr. Itamar Giladi

Ecology and Evolution of Dispersal

3

no

E, C

001-2-3086

Dr. Hadas Hawlena

Microbial Ecology

3

semester B

 

E, C
001-2-3094


Dr. Uri Roll
Macroecology
​        2
semester B

 

 

E. Elective Courses within the Program
 

Course #

Lecturer

Subject

Credits

Offered in

2020-21

001-2-3023

Prof. Carmi Korine & Prof. ​Berry Pinshow

Echolocation and Bat-Insect Interactions in Desert Habitats

3

Intensive course during the summer break

001-2-3035

Prof. B. Pinshow, Prof. Scott Turner and Dr. Eugene Marais

Biophysical Ecology in the Namib Desert: Online Course​

2

semester A

001-2-3135
Prof. B. Pinshow, Prof. Scott Turner and Dr. Eugene Marais
Biophysical Ecology in the Namib Desert: Field Workshop​ (it is not sure if or when it will be able to travel to Gobabeb Namib Research Institute for the workshop)
​                               2
​semester B

001-2-3036

Prof. Bertrand Boeken

Agroecology

3

no

001-2-3034

Prof. Bertrand Boeken

Vegetation Ecology

3

no

001-2-3041

Prof. Burt Kotler

Topics in Ecology

2

no

001-2-3078

Prof. Ariel Novoplansky

Personal Projects in Evolutionary Ecology

3

semester A

001-2-3090

Dr. Shirli Bar-David

Introduction to Molecular Ecology

2

semester B

001-2-3091

Prof. Merav Seifan

Contemporary Topics in Israeli Nature Conservation –Workshop

3

Intensive course during the Passover break + five sessions during semester B

001-2-3092

Dr. Oded Berger-Tal

The Use of Animal Cognition Principles in Conservation

3

no

001-2-3333

Prof. Boris Krasnov

Guided Reading on the Ecology of Parasites and Parasitism

2

semester A

001-2-3344

Dr. Shirli Bar-David

Guided Reading on Molecular Ecology

2

semester A

001-2-3355

Dr. Hadas Hawlana

Guided Reading in Microbial Ecology

2

semester B

205-2-2281

Prof. Amos Bouskila

Behavioral Ecology of Equids

3

semester B

205-2-4162

Dr. Michal Segoli

Insect ​Ecology

3

no

205-2-7031

Prof. Amos Bouskila

Mathematical Models for the Study of Animal Behavior

3

no

205-2-7031

Prof. Amos Bouskila

Solving Problems with R

2

semester A

 

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: http://www.iui-eilat.ac.il/Courses/Courses.aspx

​Courses are in Hebrew except international courses. 


Elective Courses outside the​​ ​Program
 

Course #

Lecturer

Subject

Credits

Offered in

2020-21

001-2-3079

Prof. Ariel Novoplansky

Scientific Presentation

2

semester A

001-2-0153

Prof. Shai Arnon and  Dr. Chris Arnush

Writing a Scientific Paper

2

semester A &

 semester B

001-2-4022

Prof. Ehud Meron

Pattern Formation and Spatial Ecology

3

semester A

001-2-4028

Prof. Arnon Karnieli

Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Rangelands, and Forestry (no prerequisites required)

3

semester A

001-2-2038

Prof. Naftali Lazarovitch

Soil Physics

3

semester A

001-2-4029

Prof. Yosef Ashkenazi

Introduction to Statistics and Probability

3

semester A

001-2-5041

Dr. Menachem Sklartz

Practical Bioinformatics for Environmental Studies

3

no

001-2-7007

Prof. Amos Zemel

Statistical Methods

3

no

001-2-7010

Dr. Menachem Sklartz

Hands-on Introduction to R: Programming, Graphing and Statistical Exploration

2

no

001-2-6002

Dr. Aviva Peeters

Theory and Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

3

semester B

205-2-9531

Dr. Tal Shai and Dr. Alal Eran

Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

semester A

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