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Prof. Uri Shanas

Associate Professor

Phone: 972-4-9838703


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1996 - PhD (Zoology), Tel Aviv University

1991 - M.Sc. (Zoology), Tel Aviv University

1988 - B.Sc. (Life Sciences), Tel Aviv University


Research Interests

My main interest in research is to combine behavioral ecology with conservation biology. I use my experience in behavioral studies to understand behavioral patterns in wild animal communities, and how these behaviors might be affected by human impacts. In addition to behavioral studies, I integrate reproductive ecology approaches into conservation issues. These two approaches can help in ameliorating a range of human impacts on wildlife survival, and on the health of community structures.


Selected Publications

Shanas, U. and Terkel, J. (1997). Mole rat harderian gland secretions inhibit aggression. Animal Behaviour 54: 1255-1263.

Shanas, U., Bhasin, R., Sutherland, A.K., Silverman, A.J. and Silver, R. (1998). Brain mast cells lack the c-kit receptor: immunochemical evidence. Journal of Neuroimmunology 90: 207-211.

Shanas, U., Afik, D., Scantlebury, M. and Haim, A. (2001). The effects of season and dietary salt content on body temperature daily rhythms of common spiny mice from different micro-habitats. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 132: 287-95.

Shanas, U., Abu Galyun, Y., AlShamlih, M., Cnaani, J., Khoury, F., Mittler, S., Nassar, K., Shapira,I., Simon, D., Sultan, H., Topel, E., Ucitel, D. and Ziv. Y. (2006). Reptile diversity and rodent community structure across a political border. Biological Conservation 132: 292-299.

Wallach, A., Inbar, M., Scantlebury, M., Speakman, J.R. and Shanas, U. (2007). Water requirements as a reintroduction bottleneck for an ungulate at the southern edge of its range. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85: 1182-1192.

Dorchin, A. and Shanas, U. (2010). Assessment of pollution in road runoff using a Bufo viridis biological assay. Environmental Pollution. 158: 3626-3633.

Ben-Shlomo, R. and Shanas U. (2011). Genetic ecotoxicology of asbestos pollution in the house mouse Mus musculus domesticus. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI 10.1007/s11356-011-0481-9.



Conservation Biology, Biodiversity Workshop, Ecology of Reproduction, Zoogeography