Ittai Renan is currently completing his doctorate at the School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, focusing on the taxonomy and ecology of ground beetles. In 2014 he established the Entomology Lab for Applied Ecology at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, which he currently heads. Ittai focuses on the planning and implementation of surveys, monitoring, and ecological research at the species, population, and community levels; and the processing, analysis, and accessibility of the findings to decision-makers, scientists, and the general public.
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.
Dr. Ron Chen - Ashalim monitoring program Coordinator
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.
Holds a PhD in spatial ecology from The Technion, a MSc in marine ecology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. During recent years served as academic staff member in the Department of Geography and Environment at Bar-Ilan University, where he conducted various spatial ecological studies.
Dr. Rael Horwitz - monitoring programs coordinator
Holds a PhD in ecology from Bar-Ilan University, where he studied the effects of climate change on the marine environment, particularly on sensitive ecosystems such as coral reefs.
During recent years he serves as a research associate at the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa, where he conducted many ecological studies across aquatic-terrestrial landscape interfaces.
Holds an MSc in African Mammal Conservation from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a BSc Hons in Zoology from the University of Southampton, UK. Tania recently submitted her PhD at BGU Department of Geography, focusing on long term biodiversity trends across multiple taxa in Mediterranean coastal dunes. She lectures in ecological field methods and biostatistics. Tania is a C40 Woman4Climate of Tel Aviv, and founded the Straw Free Israel campaign. She is a public speaker on biodiversity conservation, plastic pollution and zero waste living, sustainability and consumption.
Noa graduated from the Hebrew University, both her BA and her MA are in Geograpgy, majoring in Urban studies.
she has a vast experience 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.