Dr. Uri Shanas
Senior Lecturer

Contact:

Department of Biology and Environment,
Faculty of Natural Sciences,
University of Haifa- Oranim,
Tivon 36006
Israel
Tel: +972-4-9838703
Fax: +972-4-9832167
E-mail: shanas@research.haifa.ac.il
Homepage: http://research.haifa.ac.il/~shanas

Biography:

Date and place of birth: April 16, 1961. Be'er Sheva, Israel

Citizenship: Israel, USA

Martial Status: Married + two daughters and a son

Home Adress: HaSeora 34, Givat Ada, Israel

Research Interests:

Conservation biology

Chemical communication in mammals

Reproductive behavior 

Behavioral physiology and endocrinology

Recent Publications:

Articles in refereed journals:

  1. Shanas, U., Arensburg, B., Hod, I. and Terkel, J. (1991). Preliminary observations on the Harderian gland of the blind mole rat. Endocrinologia 38:306-308

  2. Rado, R., Shanas, U., Zuri, I. and Terkel, J. (1992). Seasonal activity in the blind mole rat. (Spalax ehrenbergi). Can. J. Zool. 71: 1733-1737.

  3. Shanas, U. and Terkel, J. (1995). Grooming expresses Harderian gland materials in the blind mole rat. Aggr. Behav. 21: 137-146.

  4. Shanas, U., Heth, G., Nevo, E., Shalgi, R. and Terkel J. (1995). The reproductive behavior of the blind mole rat. J. Zool. (Lond) 237: 195-210.

  5. Shanas, U., Arensburg, B., Hammel, I., Hod, I. and Terkel, J. (1996). Quantitative histomorphology of the blind mole rat Harderian gland. J. Anat. 188: 341-347.

  6. Shanas, U., Shalgi, R. and Terkel, J. (1997). Seasonal changes in the ovary of the blind mole rat. Isr. J. Zool. 43: 149-158.

  7. Gazit, I., Shanas, U. and Terkel, J. (1996). First successful breeding of the blind mole rat (Spalax ehrenbergi) in captivity. Isr. J. Zool. 42: 3-13.

  8. Shanas, U. and Terkel, J. (1996). Grooming secretions and seasonal adaptations in the blind mole rat  (Spalax ehrenbergi). Physiol. Behav. 60: 653-656.

  9. Shanas, U. and Terkel, J. (1997). Mole rat harderian gland secretions inhibit aggression. Anim. Behav. 54: 1255-1263.

  10. Gilad, E., Shanas, U., Terkel, J. and Zisapel, N. (1997). Putative melatonin receptors in the blind mole rat harderian gland. J. Exp. Zool. 277: 435-441.

  11. Haim, A., Shanas, U., Oates, K. M., Sample, C. B. and Buzzel, G. R. (1997). 5 - aminolevulinate synthase is present, but porphyrin does not accumulate, in the harderian glands of the blind mole rat, Spalax ehrenbergi, and two species of spiny mouse, Acomys cahirinus and Acomys russatus. Isr. J. Zool 43: 267-272.

  12. Shanas, U., Bhasin, R., Sutherland, A.K., Silverman, A-J. and Silver, R. (1998). Brain mast cells lack the c-kit receptor. J. Neuroimmun. 90: 207-211.

  13. Shanas, U., Gozlan, I., Murawski, U. and Terkel, J. (1998). Identification of the main lipid components of the mole rat harderian gland. J. Chem. Ecol. 24: 2181-2193.

  14. Scantlebury , M., Afik, D., Shanas, U., Haim, A (2002). Comparative non-shivering thermogenesis in adjacent populations of the common spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus) from opposite slopes: the effects of increasing salinity. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 172: 1-5.
  15. Shanas, U., Afik, D., Scantlebury, M. and Haim, A. (2001) The effects of season and dietary salt content on body temperature daily rhythms of common spiny mice from different micro-habitats. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 132: 287-95.
  16. Scantlebury, M., Shanas, U., Speakman, J.R., Kupshtein, H., Afik, D. and Haim, A . (2003) Energetics and water economy of the common spiny mouse Acomys cahirinus from different habitats. Functional Ecology 17:178-185.
  17. Inbar, M., Shanas, U. and Izhaki, I. (2002) Mammals-car accidents in Israel: where are the large wild animals? Israel Journal of Zoology 48: 197-206.
  18. Scantlebury, M., Shanas, U., Kupshtein, H., Afik, D. and Haim, A. (2003) Thermoregulatory differences between populations of common spiny mice Acomys cahirinus from adjacent habitats. Journal of Thermal. Biology 28: 287-293.
  19. Shanas, U., Afik, D., Scantlebury, M., and Haim, A. (2003) Differential osmoregulatory capabilities of common spiny mice (Acomys cahirinus) from adjacent micro-habitats. Journal of Zoology 261: 7-13.
  20. Scantlebury, M., Shanas, U., Speakman, J.R., Kupshtein, H., and Haim, A. (2004). Differential energy costs of winter acclimatized common spiny mice Acomys cahirinus from two adjacent habitats. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 137: 419-423.
  21. Shanas, U. and Haim, A. (2004). Diet salinity and vasopressin as reproduction modulators in the desert-dwelling golden spiny mouse (Acomys russatus). Physiology & Behavior 81: 645-650.
  22. 22. Haim, A., Shanas, U., Zisapel, N. and Gilboa A. (2004). Rodent pest control: use of photoperiod manipulations as a tool. In: Advances in Vertebrate Pest Management III, Feare, C.J. Cowan, D.P. (eds.), p: 29-38. Filander Verlag.
  23. Haim, A., Scantelbry, M., El Salam Zubidad, A., Shanas, U. (2005). Seasonality and seasons out of time – the thermoregulatory effects of light interference. Chronobiology International 2005;22(1):59-66.
  24. Scantlebury, M., Shanas, U. and Haim, A. (2005). Seasonal acclimatization of non-shivering thermogenesis in common spiny mice (Acomys cahirinus) from different habitats. African Zoology 40: 319-322.
  25. Scantlebury, M., Shanas, U., Afik, D. and Haim, A. (2005). Comparative seasonal acclimatization of food and energy consumption in adjacent populations of common spiny mice Acomys cahirinus. Journal of Zoology (London) 267: 323-328.
  26. Haim, A., Shanas, U. and Scantlebury, M. (2006). Comparative physiology of heat production in rodents under increasing salinity: The effects of habits and habitat. Belgian Journal of Zoology 135 (supplement): 55-5.
  27. Shanas, U., Abu Galyun, Y., AlShamlih, M., Cnaani, J., Khoury, F., Mittler, S., Nassar, K., Shapira,I., Simon, D., Sultan, H., Topel, E., Ucitel, D., Ziv. Y. (2006). Reptile diversity and rodent community structure across a political border. Biological Conservation 132: 292-299.
  28. Wallach, A., Inbar, M., Lambert, R., Cohen, S. and Shanas, U. (2007). Hand-rearing roe deer Capreolus capreolus: practice and research potential. International Zoo Yearbook 41: 183-193.
  29. Keysary, A., Massung, R. F., Inbar, M., Wallach, A., Shanas, U., Mumcuoglu, K.Y., Waner, T (2007). Molecular evidence for Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Israel" Emerging Infectious Diseases 13: 1411-1412.
  30. Haim, A., Shanas, U., Brandes, O., Gilboa, A. (2007). Suggesting the use of integrated methods for vole population management in alfalfa fields. Integrative Zoology 2: 184-190.
  31. Wallach, A., Inbar, M., Scantlebury, M., Speakman, J.R. and Shanas, U. (2007). Water requirements as a reintroduction bottleneck for an ungulate at the southern edge of its range. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85: 1182-1192.
  32. Shapira, I., Sultan, H., and Shanas, U. (2008). Conservation prospects of agricultural expansion: spatial and temporal differences in fox and gerbil foraging behavior along the Israeli-Jordanian border. Animal Conservation 11: 1-8.
  33. Shanas, U., Shapira, I., and Sultan, H. (2008). Behavioural alterations as part of an agricultural edge effect. Animal Conservation 11: 15-16.
  34. Wallach, A., Shanas, U., Mumcuoglu, K.Y. and Inbar, M. (2008). Ectoparasites on reintroduced roe deer Capreolus capreolus in Israel. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44: 693-696.
  35. Wallach, A., Shanas, U. and Inbar, M. (2009). Feeding activity and dietary composition of roe deer at the southern edge of their range. European Journal of Wildlife Research. DOI 10.1007/s10344-009-0281-4.
  36. Lev-Yadun, S., Neeman, G. and Shanas, U. (2009). A sheep in wolf's clothing: do carrion and dung odours of flowers not only attract pollinators but also deter herbivores? BioEssays 31: 84-88.
  37. Scantlebury, M., Shanas, U., Or-Chen, K. and Haim, A. (2009). Osmoregulatory traits of broad-toothed field mouse (Apodemus mystacinus) populations from different habitats. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A. 154: 551-556.
  38. Wallach, A., Inbar, M. and Shanas, U. (2009). Roe deer and decapitated Anemone flowers. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences  57: 103-106.

Classes:

Conservation Biology I, II

Ecology of Reproduction

Zoogeography

Biodivrsity workshop

Graduate Students Supervised:

Student’s Name
Degree
Cooperation
Manuella Bari Ph.D. At Massey University, New Zealand, together with Dianne Brunton and Weihong Ji
Idan Shapira Ph.D. At Massey University, New Zealand, together with Dianne Brunton
Guri Roth Ph.D.
Yael Kimolov M.Sc
Yael Olek M.Sc.
Elad Peled M.Sc. Together with Rachel Ben Shlomo
Brigitte Kreigenhofer M.Sc. At Massey University, New Zealand, together with Weihong Ji
Achik Dorchin M.Sc. - 2007 Together with Dr. Moshe Inbar and Gidi Neeman
Oren Rosner M.Sc. - 2007
Shacham Mitler M.Sc. - 2007 Together with Dr Danny Simon, TAU
Idan Shapira M.Sc. - 2006
Arian Wallach M.Sc. - 2006 Together with Dr. Moshe Inbar
Elad Topel M.Sc. - 2006 Together with Dr. Yaron Ziv, BGU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current and recent projects:

Pheromones for conservation
Biology of an endangered, endemic gecko in the Arava
Are antlions keystone species in Arava valley?
Biodiversity across borders in the Arava valley -NY TIMES Discovery
Biodiversity across borders in the Arava valley - New spider species
Re-introduction of roe deer
Physiology of spiny mice from opposing slopes of a Mediterranean forest
Effect of water economy on reproduciton of spiny mice
Conservation and management of soft-shelled turtle
Ecological effects of roads
Reproduction of rodents in extreme arid desert