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Dr. Shai Markman

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 972-4-9539619





2002 - PhD (Ecology), Ben-Gurion University

1994 - M.Sc. (Zoology), Tel Aviv University

1988 - B.Sc. (Biology), The Hebrew University


Research Interests

I am a behavioral and chemical ecologist interested in the evolutionary ecology of infochemicals and behavioral strategies of organisms while foraging and caring for their young. I have gained experience in chemical analysis techniques and behavioral experimentation. My recent and current studies include studying the effects of pollutants and secondary metabolites on the behavior and ecology of birds, behavioral ecology of competition, foraging strategies and parental care in birds.


Selected Publications

Markman, S., Pinshow, B. & Wright, J. (2002). Manipulation of parent-only food sources reveals sex-specific trade-offs between parental self-feeding and offspring care. Proceedings of the Royal Society. London. B. 269: 1931-1938.

Markman, S., Pinshow, B., Wright, J. & Kotler, B. P. (2004). Food patch use by parent birds: to gather food for themselves or for their chicks? Journal of Animal Ecology 73: 747-755.

Tadmor - Melamed H., Markman, S., Arieli, A., Distl, M., Wink, M. & Ido Izhaki. (2004). A limited ability of Palestine sunbirds (Nectarinia osea) to cope with pyridine alkaloids in nectar of tobacco tree (Nicotiana glauca). Functional Ecology 18: 844-850.

Markman, S., Guschina, I.., Barnsley, S., Pascoe, D., Muller C. T & Buchanan, K. L. (2007) Endocrine disrupting chemicals accumulate in Earthworms (Eisnia fetida) exposed to sewage effluent. Chemosphere, 70: 119-125.

*Silberbush, A., *Markman, S., Lewinsohn, E., Bar, E., Cohen, J. E. & Blaustein, L. (2010). Predator-released hydrocarbons repel oviposition by a mosquito. Ecology Letters 13: 1129-1138. *Equal contribution.

Markman, S., Pascoe, D., Müller, C.T., Dawson, A. & Buchanan, K. L. (2011). Pollutants affect development in nestling starlings Sturnus vulgaris. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 391-397.

Evans, K. L., Newton, J., Mallord, J. & Markman, S. (2012) Stable isotope analysis provides new information on winter habitat use of declining African-Eurasian avian migrants that is relevant to their conservation. PLoS ONE . 7: 1-7.



Chemical Ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Avian Biology, Vertebrate Zoology