People

Nir Sapir

I am an associate professor at the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa. I study bird, bat and insect flight, specifically focusing on metabolism, movement and behavior, and how they are affected by environmental conditions.

My main hobby is birding

I am married to Nirit and father to Alon and Roni

I’m a PhD student in the Animal Flight Group at the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa since October 2015.
My project is supported by a scholarship from the University of Haifa and by the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology.

 

I am the lab manager of the Animal Flight Group. I completed my Ph.D. in the field of conservation planning at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Yohay Carmel. In my Ph.D. I examined different approaches for selecting conservation priority areas under future uncertainty in urban development and vegetation dynamics. I did my M.Sc. in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Prof. Ran Nathan on population genetics in an Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis). My main research interests are spatial ecology and conservation biology.

I am married to Orit and a father to Klil and Tsuf.

I am a PhD student in the Animal Flight Group. My project is supported by the University of Haifa scholarship and the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology fellowship.

Research

I am interested in the interface of behavior, ecology and conservation. My project addresses fundamental questions in the study of bird migration. My goal is to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms, patterns and consequences of stopover ecology and migratory departure. I am studying migratory songbirds, with a focus on behavior and bird movement during stopover, fuel deposition and timing of departure for cross-country flight.

I received my bachelor's degree in Meteorology from the Hebrew University. During this period, I was exposed to the world of birds as a guide in the Jerusalem Bird Observatory and became fascinated with birds. For my master's degree in Ecology and Zoology at the Tel Aviv university I studied the breeding of Terns in Israel. In my PhD I decided to combine my two fields of interest and currently I am researching the nocturnal migration of birds in Israel through the combination of radar measurements and meteorological data.

I am a bird ringer since 2004 and director of the Israeli Bird Ringing Center since 2015. I am interested mainly in the ecology and evolution of moult strategies in passerines. My interest in feathers and moult developed through my work as a bird ringer. I complete my M.Sc. on the effect of moult on flight performance in passerines in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Prof. Ran Nathan. Since 2017 I am a Ph.D. student in the Animal Flight Group.

I am a Biology and Medical Sciences undergraduate student in the University of Haifa. In the animal flight group, I am conducting a research project on fat accumulation in relation to type of diet in passerines during the migration stage.

I completed my bachelor's degree in Marine Biology. I am interested in ecology and conservation and these subjects have long interested me in my professional life as a tour guide and in my personal life. Currently I am a M.Sc. student in the University of Haifa. My research focuses on the behavior of Egyptian vultures under different levels of food predictability.

I’m a PhD student in the Animal Flight Group at the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa since October, 2019. I am interested in the mechanisms underlying animal movement, behavior and decision making. I study the aeroecology of the Hula valley, and my research aims to explore the relationship between vertebrates, invertebrates and meteorological conditions in the sky.
My free time is spent looking after my vegetable garden, reading books and hiking with my dogs.
I live with my partner, Shani, and our son Aviv.

I am a graduate of Photography from The Hadassah College in Jerusalem. I am currently studying towards a Master Degree in Environmental Biology.
I am a researcher, a bird ringer, and a professional guide at the Jerusalem Birds Observatory (JBO). I take photos, ring birds' legs and observe. I am married to Orni and father to Bustan and Shefer.

About us

We are a group of scientists devoted to the study of animal flight, including animal movement ecology, behavior, physiology and biomechanics. We study wild animals in the field and in the lab using a diversity of research approaches. We welcome applications for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies and post-doctoral work in our group at the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa.