Institute of Evolution and the Dept. of Evolutionary & Environmental Biology , University of Haifa

 
 
Arik Kershenbaum - Community Ecology Lab

ARIK KERSHENBAUM
I am now a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. See my new web page at http://www.nimbios.org/~arik/

Contact Information:

E-mail: arik@nimbios.org





Arik Kershenbaum


The rock hyrax (Procavia capensis)

Some media coverage of my work:

Research Interests    [top]

I am interested in the behavioural ecology of animals, their vocal communication, and particularly how it relates to their distribution in space. Some animals have habitat requirements that are scarce in the environment, or spread out, so that the animals have to move around to meet their needs. Populations become more or less isolated and aspects of their behaviour - such as their vocalisations - may diverge. Examples of isolated habitats include boulder piles for hyraxes, and breeding pools for salamanders.

Specifically, I am looking at how the patterns of vocalisations of the hyrax vary with their location, and whether nearby animals "learn" particular songs from their neighbours.

I am also interested in the mathematical modelling of the effect of environmental change on the ecology of such species, and to predict the outcome of environmental disturbance. Man-made environmental changes can destroy these micro-habitats, or multiply them. How does this affect the migratory or foraging behaviour of these animals, and is it likely to cause conservation problems (for endangered species) or unwanted proliferation (for pest species)?


Education    [top]
1984-1991 University of Cambridge, BA (Hons), MA. Natural Sciences.
Grants and Awards     [top]
Year(s) Institution Subject
2010 Israel National Parks Authority Miniature GPS equipment grant for tracking hyrax movement ($15,000)
2011 Israel Society of Ecological and Environmental Sciences Yishai Levy Prize for excellence in a conference presentation
2011 Zoological Society of Israel Naomi Bouskila Prize for best student paper in zoology
Publications    [top]  

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

Kershenbaum A., Ilany A., Blaustein L., Geffen .E. (2012) Syntactic structure and geographical dialects in the songs of male rock hyraxes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:2974-2981

Kershenbaum A., Spencer M., Blaustein L., Cohen J.E. (2012) Modelling evolutionarily stable strategies in oviposition site selection, with varying risks of predation and intraspecific competition. Evolutionary Ecology 26(4):955-974

Kershenbaum A., Stone L., Ostfeld R., Blaustein L. (2012) Modelling transmission of vector-borne pathogens shows complex dynamics when vector feeding sites are limited. PLoS ONE 7(5): e36730. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036730

Kershenbaum A., Kershenbaum A., Blaustein L. (2011) Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) den site selection: preference for artificial sites. Wildlife Research 38:244-248

Kershenbaum A., Stone L., Kotler B.P., Blaustein L. (2010) Predation risk can drive cycles in zoonotic disease prevalence. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 56:281-295

Segev O, Mangel M, Wolf N, Sadeh A, Kershenbaum A, Blaustein L. (2011) Spatio-temporal reproductive strategies in the fire salamander: a model and empirical test. Behavioral Ecology 22:670-678 

Kershenbaum A., Kershenbaum A., Tarabeia J., Stein N., Lavi I., Rennert G. (2011) Unraveling seasonality in population averages: An examination of seasonal variation in glucose levels in diabetes patients using a large population-based dataset. Chronobiology International 28(4):352-360

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Invited:

Kershenbaum A., Stone L., Kotler B.P., Blaustein L. (2011) Predation risk can drive cycles in zoonotic disease prevalence.  Naomi Bouskila Prize for best student paper in zoology, 48th Meeting of the Israel Zoological Society

 

Participant:

Kershenbaum A., Ilany A., Blaustein L., Geffen E. (2011) Syntactic structure in the vocalizations of the rock hyrax (Procavia capensis).  3rd Symposium on Acoustic Communication by Animals, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Kershenbaum A., Spencer M., Blaustein L., Cohen J.E. (2011) Modelling evolutionarily stable strategies in oviposition site selection, with varying risks of predation and intraspecific competition.  British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, University of Sheffield, UK

Kershenbaum A., Kershenbaum A., Blaustein L. (2011) Den site selection by the rock hyrax - a preference for artificial sites.  Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Sciences Annual Meeting, Megiddo, Israel

Kershenbaum A., Blaustein L., Andersen, M. (2010) Migration speed across a patchy environment modelling the effect of anthropogenic landscape changes.  American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, San Diego

Kershenbaum A. (2010) Patch connectivity and its implications for migration speed.  Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Annual Meeting, Be'er Sheva

Kershenbaum A. (2009) The Delaunay Triangulation a powerful tool for the ecologist.  46th Meeting of the Israel Zoological Society

Kershenbaum A., Stone L., Kotler B.P., Blaustein L. (2008a) A preliminary mathematical model of the dynamics of the Leishmania parasite amongst migrating populations of rock hyrax.  Annual meeting of the Israel Society of Parasitology Protozoology and Tropical Diseases

Kershenbaum A., Stone L., Kotler B.P., Blaustein L. (2008b) Preliminary modeling of the Leishmania dynamics among migrating hyrax populations: How can group behaviour affect disease dynamics? 45th Meeting of the Israel Zoological Society

 

POPULAR MEDIA

BBC Science & Environment April 2012 The rock hyrax surprises with syntax skills

 

The New York Times Science April 2012 Looks Like a Rodent, Croons Like a Bird

 

BBC Nature, August 2011 Hyraxes: why Israel's 'rock rabbits' have become pests

 

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Community Ecology Laboratory (Room 240)
Institute of Evolution
Dept. of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
Faculty of Natural Sciences 
University of Haifa, Haifa 31905
Israel
Phone #: +972-4-8240736

 
 

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2010

 

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