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Dr. Avi Bar-Massada

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 972-4-9838923



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2008 - PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

2005 - M.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering), Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

2002 - B.Sc. (Environmental Engineering), Technion - Israel Institute of Technology


Research Interests

I am a spatial and landscape ecologist who develops and studies ecological models, and uses these models to answer fundamental ecological questions. I have a deep background in spatial and landscape ecology, ecological modeling, remote sensing, and wildfire science. The core of my research focuses on understanding how spatial patterns of ecological phenomena are formed, how they can be quantified, and how these spatial patterns affect various ecological processes, especially those related to the assembly of species in communities, and the diversity and distribution of organisms across multiple spatial scales from local to continental. To answer these questions, I use a variety of scientific approaches, including simulation models, spatial pattern analyses, multivariate statistics, GIS, and remote sensing.


Selected Publications

Radeloff, V.C., Helmers, D.P., Kramer, H.A., Mockrin, M.H., Alexandre, P.M., Bar-Massada, A., Butsic, V., Hawbaker, T.J., Martinuzzi, S., Syphard, A.D., Stewart, S.I. (2018) Rapid growth of the U.S. Wildland Urban Interface raises wildfire risk.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in press.

Bar-Massada, A., Belmaker, J. (2017). Non-stationarity in the co-occurrence patterns of species across environmental gradients. Journal of Ecology, 105:391-399.

Bar-Massada, A. (2015). Complex relationships between species niches and environmental heterogeneity affect species co-occurrence patterns in modelled and real communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282:20150927.

Bar-Massada, A., Wood, E. (2014). The richness - heterogeneity relationship differs between heterogeneity measures within and among habitats. Ecography 37:528-535. (Editor's Choice)

Bar-Massada, A., Kent, R., Carmel, Y. (2014). Environmental heterogeneity affects the location of modeled communities along the niche-neutrality continuum. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281:20133249.

Bar-Massada, A., Radeloff, V.C., Stewart, S.I. (2014). Biotic and abiotic effects of human settlements in the wildland–urban interface. BioScience 64:429-437.



Biostatistics, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Landscape Ecology, Introduction to Remote Sensing Applications in Ecology, R for graduate students.