Research Interests: Climate dynamics and modeling; sand dunes dynamics and modeling; paleoclimate; statistical analysis (linear and nonlinear) of climate records.
Research Interests: Sociology of education, focus on minorities and higher education: Muslims, Ethipian Jews and Palestinain/Bedouin women; post-colonial feminism: resistance, agency, ME women; Gender, minorities and employment.
Research Interests: Molecular Electronics ; Hybrid Devices ; Surfaces Dominated Materials; Surface Functionalization & Characterization ; Charge Transfer at Surfaces
Research Interests: Spatial ecology and spatial genetics and their implications for conservation biology and wildlife management; Specifically, the spatial and genetic structure of populations, factors affecting range expansion, and movement patterns of individuals under different landscape scenarios.
Research Interests: Physics of climate dynamics; Statistical climate dynamics; Physics of algal biomass production; Localized states in non-linear dynamics of water-limited vegetation; Transport in nano-channels; Single molecule spectroscopy; Non-equilibrium statistical physics.
Research Interests: Conservation behavior: I am interested in all aspects of applying animal behavior knowledge and theory to improve conservation and management. Specific topics that are of current interest include the following: * Post-release behavior of reintroduced animals * Understanding the mechanisms and reversing the effects of wildlife habituation to humans * Evolutionary and ecological traps.
Research Interests: Modeling the urban micro-climate; Advanced glazing systems; Visual comfort in buildings; Passive heating and cooling of buildings; Thermal comfort in buildings; Airborne dust in the urban environment and urban design in the desert.
Research Interests: Production of nanomaterials using highly concentrated solar radiation. Design of optics for concentrating solar collectors. Selective coatings.
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary environmental studies; Social studies of science and technology; Political ecology; Transport and the politics of mobility; Sociology and rhetoric of megaprojects; Research methods (quantiative and qualitative); exploratory data analysis and visualization; Communities, landscapes, and environmental issues of the Negev; Dynamics of and barriers to the diffusion and adoption of "green" technologies and practices.
Research Interests: Plant population and community ecology; Landscape ecology; Ecology and evolution of seed dispersal; Spatial ecology and Biodiversity.
Research Interests: The evolution and ecology of symbiotic interactions; the evolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions; microbial ecology; disease ecology; vector-borne bacteria.
Research Interests: Remote sensing; geographic information systems; climate change, precision agriculture.
Photovoltaic characterization of various solar cells; organic and nanostructured solar cells; photovoltaic operation under concentrated sunlight.
Ecology and evolution of host - parasite interactions; Biogeography.
Research Interests: Community ecology, evolutionary ecology, and behavioral ecology; optimal foraging, tradeoffs of food and safety, optimal patch use, the effect of costly information; foraging games between predators and their prey; consequences of natural selection at the community level: mechanisms of coexistence among desert granivorous birds and mammals; applying foraging theory and mechanisms of species coexistence to conservation issues; behavioral indicators in conservation biology.
Research Interests: Sustainable/green architecture in arid zones with special focus on energy and other resources conservation; Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) and Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ); Integration and uptake of green technologies; Evolution and adaptation of building technology and types, with special focus on the vernacular and low-cost low-tech retrofit; Urbanization among the Bedouin of Israel; Proactive contingency planning; Alternative information dissemination and education.
Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation far from equilibrium; spatial ecology; complex systems.
Research Interests: Desert ethnographies (in the Israeli Negev, in African desert regions, and in Rajasthan, India); International development (A critical perspective with particular attention to the way gender is introduced into the "development" process); Non-western (postcolonial) feminist theories; Social inequality (the intersections of class, gender, ethnicity and sexual identity); The Politics of Identities; Social space.
Niv Avi, Senior Lecturer
Research Interests: Optics; Nanotechnology; Solar cells. Research Group Website
Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology of phenotypic plasticity in plants; Plant morphogenesis and developmental strategies; Plant communication and environmental perception; Plant community ecology.
Research Interests: Land cover and land use changes; remote sensing for ecological applications; use of satellite imagery for study land degradation and desertification.
Research Interests: Bioclimatic design, focusing on the geometry and energetic properties of building envelopes and elements; Passive and low-energy technologies for heating and cooling; Urban microclimate, energy balance and thermal comfort in open spaces; Sustainable development and appropriate planning for sparsely populated desert regions.
Research Interests: Mathematical modeling; variational and free boundary problems; numerical methods; granular mechanics and Aeolian sand transport; applied superconductivity.
Research Interests: Statistical Physics, Soft condensed matter physics; Physics and mechanics of granular materials and glasses, Physics and mechanics of granular materials and glasses; Wetting and drying of porous, elastic materials and drying fracture ; Biophysics and developmental biology of plants and animals.
Research Interests: City and regional planning in drylands; Urban design and sustainability; History and theory of urban form; Neighborhoods in urban theory and urban design; Streets and street design guidelines.
Research Interests: Conservation Biology, Macroecology, Biogeography, Spatial Ecology, Conservation Culturomics, Species Distributions, Endangered Species, Conservation Modelling, Conservation Prioritizations, Invasive Species
Research Interests: Wildlife management and conservation biology; specifically population dynamics and spatial ecology; ungulate ecology; ecology of small populations; Disease dynamics.
Research Interests: Fluid Mechanics; non-Newtonian Flows; Elasticity; Free Boundaries; Stability and Pattern Formation; Porous Media; Geophysical flows; Ice-sheet Dynamics.
Insects behavioral and evolutionary ecology; Factors limiting the reproductive success of insects in the field; Parasite-host interactions; Endosymbiont-host interactions; Biological control of pests and diseases.
Research Interests: Community ecology; Plant ecology; Plant-animal interactions; Pollination ecology; Disturbance ecology; Spatial ecology; Biodiversity and species richness.
Research Interests: Community and population ecology of desert animals (small mammals, lizards); Biogeography of arid zones; Taxonomy of small mammals (Rodentia, Insectivora) and lizarsd (Agamidae); Conservation ecology, protection of rare species.
Organic photovoltaic and optoelectronic materials and devices; Surface science: Thin films; Scanning probe microscopy; Surface photo-voltage; Characterization through a 'bottom up' approach – from the properties of a single building block to understanding the system's behavior.
Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics in pattern forming systems; spatially localized states in activator-inhibitor systems; autocatalysis & electrochemistry; charge transport/transfer in 'soft' solar cells; energy storage.
Research Interests: Physico-chemical hydrodynamics; membrane electrochemistry; electrokinetics in micro-nano fluidics; concentration polarization in charge selective ionic system.