Irina holds a PhD on the effects of climate change on the spatial distribution of biodiversity, from the University of Copenhagen. In recent years, she has served as the scientific manager of national bird monitoring schemes in Denmark – the long-term bird census and the Danish Bird Atlas. Irina has extensive experience in the field of citizen science, in statistical and spatial analysis of large biodiversity data sets, as well as in project management and development. Irina lives in Hod Hasharon and has one daughter.
Dr. Alon Lotan - Israel National Ecosystem Assessment Coordinator
Dr. Lotan has a PhD from the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa, in partnership with the Agricultural Research Organization, in the field of biological pest control, and an MSc in ecology. In recent years he worked as the research and development manager in a company dealing with biological pest control. In parallel, he surved as a consulting ecologist at Ramat Menashe Biosphere Region, including leading the process of introducing the ecosystem services approach into the biosphere regionmanagement processes. He is married to Eliya and father to Maayan, Carmel and Shaked.
Dr. Idan Shapira - Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Program Coordinator
Dr. Shapira has a BSc from the Department of Biology at Oranim and an MSc from the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa, where he studied the effects of agricultural development on gerbil behavior in the southern Arava Valley. He has a PhD from Massey University in New Zealand, where he studied potential relationships between behavior and control on invasive rodents. Over the years he has participated in many environmental research projects including monitoring projects. He lives at Ein Hashofet, with his partner Dana and is father to Omer and Alma.
Holds an MSc in bioinformatics and genetics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a BSc in animal sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In parallel, Ron is currently engaged in research towards a PhD in movement ecology and behavioral ecology, dealing with seed dispersal services and dynamics of social and genetic structures in Eurasian jackdaws. In addition, serves as guide and lecturer in various subjects, including zoology, ecology and environment, wildlife tracking.
Hila is a landscape ecologist and conservation biologist. She has recently finished her PhD at Tel Aviv University which focused on activity patterns and habitat preferences of large mammals in Mediterranean mosaic landscapes. Hila is interested in ecological modeling, animal behavior, human-wildlife conflict, and land-use changes effects on wildlife. Today employed as the HaMaarag’s quantitative ecologist. Hila is currently living at kibutz Maagan Michael.
Shira Grossbard - Israel National Ecosystem Assessment Program
Shira recently finished her MSc in landscape architecture in the Architecture and Town planning faculty of the Technion. Her thesis focused on methods for evaluating the ecological system in the landscape planning process. She holds BSc from the School of Marine Sciences and the Marin Environment in Ruppin Academic Center.
David (Dudu) Chakuki - Israel National Ecosystem Assessment Program
Hold in a B.Sc. in "Natural Sciences" from the Open University and currently studying for a master's degree in the Department of Geography and the Human Environment at Tel Aviv University. The research subject deals with the influence of spatial and environmental factors on pests and diseases in an agricultural ecosystem. Working as a GIS and cartographic coordinator in the "Ecosystem and Human Welfare" project and ecosystem services assessment of the of the Mount Carmel Biosphere.
Noa graduated from the Hebrew University, both her BA and her MA are in Geograpgy, majoring in Urban studies. she has alot of expirence in logistice procsses, system assimulations and human resourese. She is in charge of all of the organizational logistics, acquisitions and procedures. She is married to Ofer and lives in Netanya.