January 24, 2019

Our graduate-level course "Fundamentals of Population Genetics for Conservation and Ecology" was a wonderful 4 days workshop!

The course tool place in Tel Aviv University and included graduate students, postdocs and faculty from universities across Israel and from abroa...

December 15, 2018

Our paper is out in Biological Invasions!

In a cross-oceanic collaboration, we compiled the largest data set to date of common myna records worldwide. We analysed the data via species distribution models (SDMs) to identify the current and potential global distribution o...

December 15, 2018

In a trans-oceanic collaboration, a team led by Dr. Ilan Dar-Nimrod from the University of Sydney found that being a female and having interest in genetics were positive predictors of genetic knowledge in an Australia sample. Compared with previous surveys, the current...

September 30, 2018


A joint team of scientists from Australia and Israel led by Kyle Ewart and Dr. Richard Major traced the invasion history of Common Mynas (Acridotheres tristis) in Australia over the past 150 years. We characterized the genetic landscape of this intricate invasion, whe...

July 17, 2018

One of the most beautiful birds in its genus, the Dead-Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus) is also largely mysterious. In this paper, we try to shed some light on the morphological and genetic variation in Israeli populations of this species, located along an environmental...

May 20, 2018

The road went on for nine long hours before we reached Atalaya, a town on the shores where the Tambo and Urubamba Rivers meet. That morning, we left the city of Cusco, once the capital of of the Inca Empire, in our journey towards the field sites of Dr. Adi Barocas in...

February 15, 2018

Recently published by Sinaiko et al. in Zootaxa, we surveyed the taxonomic complex and reviewed the state of the Israel species. A delight for snake lovers, this paper describes in detail the morphology, distribution and genetics of these snakes in Israel and surroundi...

January 15, 2018

Our research and fieldwork to India was featured in the Genetics Society's Newsletter, v. 78 (pages 34-35). The Genetics Society has generously awarded me the Heredity Fieldwork Grant which enabled us to carry out the work we did in India (feature in another blog post,...

October 7, 2017

The richness of the Indian colors, culture, languages, traditions, food and music can only be matched by the diversity of Wildlife living within it. In late August of 2017, I set out on a trip to Dehradun, a vibrant city in the state of Uttarakhand, North India, to vis...

Following field work in the east coast of Australia of invasive traits of the Common Myna for my Ph.D research, Dr. Adi Barocas and I went on a beautiful, inspiring road trip in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Here are some words that Adi had written about our e...

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