## Prof. Ehud Meron

### Professor

## Research Interests

> Nonlinear physics

> Spatial ecology

> Pattern formation

> Desertification

> Biodiversity

## Publications

Scientific Publications 2015-2020

(a) Books

1. Meron E., “Nonlinear Physics of Ecosystems”, CRC Press 2015 .

Journal Reviews :

1. DeAngelis D.L., SIAM Review, 2016. An excerpt: “Meron is a physicist who has worked with ecologists on self-organizing patterns for many years. He gives a masterful treatment of the topic of vegetation self-organization that is more than simply a synthesis of previous work – it pushes the field ahead .”

2. Fort H., Physics Today, 2015. An excerpt: “Nonlinear Physics of Ecosystems surely will contribute to the development of a newly emerging interdisciplinary research field at the interface of ecology and pattern formation .”

3. Shore K.A., Contemporary Physics, 2015. An excerpt: “The approach taken by the author is simultaneously rigorous and relevant. If one were not careful to avoid an obvious pun, one might say that the reader will always see the wood despite the trees”.

1. Mau Y., Haim L., Meron E., “Reversing desertification as a spatial resonance problem”, Phys. Rev. E 91, 012903 (2015). IF 2.366; 6/55; Q1

2. Getzin S., Wiegand K., Wiegand T., Yizhaq H., von Hardenberg J., and Meron E., “Adopting a spatially explicit perspective to study the mysterious fairy circles of Namibia”, Ecography 38, 1–11 (2015). IF 5.355; 13/150; Q1

3. 91. Lev Haim, Aric Hagberg, and Ehud Meron, “Non-monotonic resonant behavior in a spatially forced Lengyel-Epstein model”, Chaos 25, 064307 (2015). IF 2.049; 17/254; Q1

4. 92. Stephan Getzin, Kerstin Wiegand, Thorsten Wiegand, Hezi Yizhaq, Jost von Hardenberg and Ehud Meron, “Clarifying misunderstandings regarding vegetation self-organization and spatial patterns of fairy circles in Namibia: a response to recent termite hypotheses, Ecological Entomology, 40, 669–675 (2015). IF 1.687; 23/94; Q1

5. Yuval R. Zelnik, Ehud Meron, Golan Bel, “Gradual Regime Shifts in Fairy Circles”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, 12327–12331 (2015). IF 9.423; 4/63; Q1

6. Meron E., “Pattern formation - a missing link in the study of ecosystem response to environmental changes”, Mathematical Biosciences, 271, 1-18 (2016). IF 1.246; 94/259; Q2

7. Yuval R. Zelnik, Ehud Meron, Golan Bel, “Localized states qualitatively change the response of ecosystems to varying conditions and local disturbances”, Ecological Complexity, 25, 26-34 (2016) . IF 1.784; 15/30; Q2

8. Getzin S., Yizhaq H., Bell B., Erickson T. E., Postle A. C., Katra I., Tzuk O., Zelnik Y. R., Wiegand K., Wiegand T., and Meron E., “Discovery of fairy circles in Australia supports self-organization theory”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 3551–3556 (2016). IF 9.661; 4/64; Q1

9. Kinast S, Ashkenazy Y., and Meron E., “A coupled vegetation-crust model for patchy landscapes” Pure and Applied Geophysics 173, 983-993 (2016). IF 1.591; 48/105; Q2

10. Nathan J., Osem Y., Shachak M., Meron E., “Linking functional diversity to environmental variability: an integrated mechanistic approach for water limited plant communities”, J. of Ecology 104, 419–429 (2016). IF 5.813; 15/212; Q1

11. Getzin S., Yizhaq H., Bell B., Erickson T. E., Postle A. C., Katra I., Tzuk O., Zelnik Y. R., Wiegand K., Wiegand T., and Meron E., "Hexagonal patterns of Australian fairy circles

12. develop without correlation to termitaria", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, E5368-9 (2016). IF 9.661; 4/64; Q1

13. Yuval R. Zelnik, Hannes Uecker, Ulrike Feudel, Ehud Meron, “Desertification by Front Propagation?”, J. Theo. Biol. 418, 27-35 (2017). IF 2.113; 13/57; Q1

14. Yuval R. Zelnik and Ehud Meron, “Regime shifts by front dynamics”, Ecological Indicators 94, 544-552 (2018). IF 3.898; 43/229; Q1

15. Ehud Meron, “From Patterns to Function in Living Systems: Dryland Ecosystems as a Case Study”, Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics 9, 79-103 (2018). IF 21.853; 3/436 ; Q1

16. Yuval R. Zelnik, Punit Gandhi, Edgar Knobloch, and Ehud Meron, “Implications of tristability in pattern-forming ecosystems”, Chaos 28, 033609 (2018). IF 2.283; 16/255; Q1

17. Yuval Edri, Dolores Bozovic, Ehud Meron, and Arik Yochelis, “Molding the asymmetry of localized frequency-locking waves: Implications for sound discrimination in the inner ear”, Phys. Rev. E 98, 020202(R) (2018). IF 2.284; 7/55; Q1

18. Omer Tzuk, Sangeeta R. Ujjwal, Cristian Fernandez-Oto, Merav Seifan, and Ehud Meron, “Interplay between exogenous and endogenous factors in seasonal vegetation oscillations”, Scientific Reports 9, 354 (2019). IF 3.998; 17/71; Q1

19. Cristian Fernandez-Oto, Omer Tzuk and Ehud Meron, “Front instabilities can reverse desertification”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 048101 (2019). IF 8.385; 6/85; Q1

20. Guy Dovrat, Ehud Meron, Moshe Shachak and Yagil Osem, “Functional diversity and functional identity contribute distinctively to ecosystem function in water-limited environments”, Journal of Vegetation Science 30, 427-437 (2019). IF 2.698, 56/168; Q2

21. Guy Dovrat, Ehud Meron, Moshe Shachak, Yagil Osem and Carly Golodets, “Plant size is related to biomass partitioning and stress resistance in water-limited annual plant communities”, Journal of arid environments 165, 1-9 (2019). IF 1.83; 96/168; Q3

22. Nir Kastin, Ehud Meron, Assaf Kolin and Shai Kinast, “Nonlinear Stability and Limit Cycles in Xenon-Induced Reactor Oscillations”. Progress in Nuclear Energy 116, 168-179 (2019). IF 1.508; 13/34; Q2

23. Ehud Meron, Jamie R. Bennett, Cristian Fernandez-Oto, Omer Tzuk, Yuval R. Zelnik, Gideon Grafi, “Continuum modeling of discrete plant communities: why does it work and why is it advantageous?”. Mathematics 7, 987 (2019). IF 1.747; 28/324; Q1

24. Ehud Meron, “Vegetation pattern formation: the mechanisms behind the forms”, Physics Today , 72, 30 (2019). IF 3.875; 15/85; Q1

25. Omer Tzuk, Sangeeta Rani Ujjwal, Cristian Fernandez-Oto, Merav Seifan & Ehud Meron, “Period doubling as an indicator for ecosystem sensitivity to climate extremes”, Scientific Reports 9, 19577 (2019). IF 3.998; 17/71; Q1

26. Yuval Edri, Ehud Meron, and Arik Yochelis, “Spatial heterogeneity forms an inverse camel shape Arnol'd tongue in parametrically forced oscillations”, Chaos 30, 023120 (2020). 2.832; 16/260; Q1

27. Guy Dovrat; Ehud Meron; Moshe Shachak; Carly Golodets; Yagil Osem, "Functional reorganization and productivity of a water-limited annual plant community", Plant Ecology 221, 191–204 (2020). IF 1.509; 114/168; Q3

28. Hezi Yizhaq, Moshe Shachak and Ehud Meron, “A model study of terraced riverbeds as novel ecosystems”, Scientific Reports 10, 3782 (2020). IF 3.998; 17/71; Q1

29. Oskar Franklin et al. (29 coauthors) “Organizing principles for vegetation dynamics”, Nature Plants 6, 444–453 (2020). IF 13.256; 3/234; Q1

30. Yuval Edri, Ehud Meron, and Arik Yochelis, “Spatial asymmetries of resonant oscillations in periodically forced heterogeneous media”, Physica D 410, 132501 (2020). IF 1.807;55/260; Q1

31. Olfa Jaϊbi, Arjen Doelman, Martina Chirilus-Bruckner, Ehud Meron, “The existence of localized vegetation patterns in a systematically reduced model for dryland vegetation”, Physica D 412, 132637 (2020). IF 1.807; 55/260; Q1

32. Omer Tzuk, Hannes Uecker, Ehud Meron, “The role of spatial self-organization in the

## Education

B.Sc. 1973-1977, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Chemistry Department (a four-year physics-enhanced program, graduated with honors).

Research project: The Hohenberg-Kohn Theorem (Ref. 2 in list of refereed publications)

Advisor: Prof. J. Katriel

Ph.D. 1982-1985, Weizmann Institute of Science, Chemical Physics Department (direct route).

Thesis title: Nonlinear Phenomena in Nonequilibrium Systems (Refs. 3-8 in list of refereed publications)

Advisor: Prof. I. Procaccia

Postdoctoral Education

1985-1987, University of Chicago, James Franck Institute and Physics Department

1987-1988, Columbia University, Department of Astronomy