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Dr. Alon Silberbush

Lecturer

Phone: 972-4-9838702

Email: alonsil@gmail.com


Education

2009 PhD. Evolutionary Ecology, Haifa University, Israel.

2004 M.Sc. Life Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

2000 BSc. Life Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Research Interests

I am interested in all aspects of mosquito ecology and behavior. Specifically, how environmental chemical signals (semiochemicals) affect mosquito habitat selection and life history traits. I prefer to study native mosquito species in outdoor mesocosms such as pools that mimic natural oviposition sites. My work includes looking at the effects of predator released chemical signals (kairomones) on mosquito populations, in addition to the community and ecosystem levels. Semiochemicals affect female oviposition habitat selection in addition to larval time and size at metamorphosis. Therefore, I believe that these semiochemicals are likely to have applied uses on mosquito behavioral manipulation and population control.

Selected Publications

Silberbush A. and Resetarits W J Jr. 2017, Mosquito female response to the presence of larvivorous fish does not match threat to larvae. Ecological Entomology. 42 595-600.

Resetarits W J Jr and Silberbush A. 2016. Local contagion and regional compression: habitat selection drives spatially explicit, multi-scale dynamics of colonization in experimental metacommunities. Ecology Letters. 19 191-200.

Silberbush A and Blaustein L. 2011. Mosquito female quantify risk of predation to their progeny when selecting an oviposition site. Functional Ecology. 25 1091-1095.

Silberbush A, Markman S, Lewinsohn E, Bar E, Cohen J E and Blaustein L. 2010. Predator-released hydrocarbons repel oviposition by a mosquito. Ecology Letters 13 1129-1138. (Listed in Faculty of 1000).

Teaching

Ecology, chemical ecology, habitat selection, population ecology, experimental ecology, evolution.