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M.Sc. in Ecology and Conservation

The M.Sc. program in Ecology and 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 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
201-1-9141 Calculus C10




Dr. Arik Mimon 


Dr. Barak Akabayov

General Chemistry B 


General Chemistry - Laboratory

205-1-9011Prof. Jerry Eichler & Prof. Amir SagiThe Cell0
205-1-1611Prof. Dan Mishmar & Dr. Ramon BirnbaumGenetics A0








Prof. Khalil Kashkush


Mr. Liron Goren


Prof. Uri Abdu


Prof. Amos Bouskila

Plant science A 


Plant Sciences A Laboratory


Invertebrate Zoology


Vertebrate Zoology

205-1-3211 Prof. Ofer Ovadia and Prof. Burt KotlerEcology B0




Prof. Ariel Novoplansky


Dr. Shimon Bershtein 

Tutorial in Evolution (can be completed during the program)






Dr. Itamar Giladi


Prof. Ofer Ovadia

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

Statistical Principles in the Analysis of Research Data



Specialization Tracks

Students will pursue one of the following tracks: 

- Evolutionary Ecology (E

- 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 #LecturerSubjectCredits2019-2020
001-2-6666Dr. Shirli Bar–DavidDepartmental Seminar (every semester)0yes
205-2-2522Dr. Itamar Giladi & Prof. Yaron ZivWorkshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Semester 2020-1)0.5yes
205-2-2521Dr. Itamar Giladi & Prof. Yaron ZivWorkshop in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (semester 2020-2)0.5yes
001-2-3063Prof. Burt KotlerAdvanced Topics in Ecology1no
205-2-5021Dr. Moshe KiflawiMethods in Ecology3no
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 #LecturerSubjectCredits2019-2020
001-2-3080Dr. Michal SegoliEvolution of Life Histories3yes

Nature Conservation Track:

Course #

001-2-3087​Prof. David SaltzConservation Ecology4yes
001-2-3085Prof. David SaltzConservation Biology: Philosophy and Ethics2yes


Limited Choice Courses: 

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 #
001-2-3080Dr. Michal SegoliEvolution of Life Histories3yes
001-2-3083Dr. Merav SeifanCommunity Ecology 3yes
001-2-3084Prof. Burt Kotler Evolutionary Ecology3no
205-2-8031Prof. Yaron ZivSpatial Ecology3


​D.  Limited choice – track courses

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

Course #LecturerSubjectCredits2019-2020
E 001-2-3001Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyEvolutionary Ecology of Phenotypic Plasticity3no
E 205-2-7031Prof. Amos BouskilaMathematical Models for the Study of Animal Behavior3yes
E 001-2-3335Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyCamp Evolution2yes
E 001-2-3060Prof. Yael LubinTopics in Behavioral Ecology2no
C 001-2-3089Dr. Oded Berger-TalAnimal Behavior in Conservation Biology3yes
C 001-2-3093Dr. Michal Segoli Arthropod Behavior and Agroecology2no
C 001-2-3045 Dr. Shirli Bar-DavidConservation Genetics3yes
E, C 001-2-3020Dr. Merav SeifanThe Ecology of Plant-Animal Interactions3no
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 001-2-3086 Dr. Hadas HawlenaMicrobial Ecology3yes​


​E.  Elective courses within the program

Course #LecturerSubjectCredits2019-2020
001-2-3023Prof. Carmi Korine & Prof. Berry Pinshow Echolocation and Bat-Insect Interactions in Desert Habitats3yes
001-2-3035Prof. B. Pinshow, Dr. N. Agam, Prof. S. Turner and Dr. E. MaraisBiophysical Ecology in the Namib Desert: Online Course and Field Workshop4yes
001-2-3036Prof. Bertrand BoekenAgroecology3no
001-2-3034Prof. Bertrand BoekenVegetation Ecology3no
001-2-3040Dr. Georgy ShenbrotBiogeography2no
001-2-3041Prof. Burt KotlerTopics in Ecology2no
001-2-3046Prof. Yael LubinThe Ecology of Arachnids3no
001-2-3078Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyPersonal Projects in Evolutionary Ecology3yes
001-2-3090Dr. Shirli Bar-DavidIntroduction to Molecular Ecology2no
001-2-3091Dr. Merav SeifanContemporary Topics in Israeli Nature Conservation –Workshop3yes​
001-2-3092Dr. Oded Berger-TalAnimal Cognition and Conservation Biology3yes
001-2-3333Prof. Boris KrasnovGuided Reading on the Ecology of Parasites and Parasitism2​yes
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 Behavior3yes

​​Prof. Amos Bouskila
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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.

Courses are in Hebrew except international courses. 

For more information please refer to:


​F.  Elective courses outside the program

Course #LecturerSubjectCredits
001-2-3079Prof. Ariel NovoplanskyScientific Presentation2
001-2-0153/001-2-7006 Prof. Jack Gilron and Dr. Chris Arnush / Prof. Jack Gilron and Dr. Shai ArnonWriting a Scientific Paper / Summarizing, Writing and Presenting Scientific Data2
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
001-2-6002Dr. Aviva PeetersTheory and Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3