Merav Vonshak Curador

Entrou: 29 de mar. de 2014 Última vez ativo: 06 de dez. de 2019

I'm an ecologist and an entomologist, studying ants and other arthropods, and their complex relationship with their environment. I love exploring nature with other people, and especially exposing new people to the amazing biodiversity that is everywhere around us. I organize BioBlitzes in the South Bay - we just passed 1,000 species in 17 events - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/south-bay-bioblitzes - please join the project to follow us! You can also view our future and past events on my website - https://www.bioblitz.club/

For my MSc I've studied the food base of two spiny mice species, and their internal parasites.
For my PhD I've studied the non-native ants of Israel, including an unfortunate discovery of the little fire ant invasion to the Jordan Valley. I co-publish a species list of the ants of Israel, in addition to some more ecologically-oriented manuscripts. During my postdoc, I've studied the interactions between the non-native Argentine ant and the local ant species along a gradient of human disturbance from the Santa Cruz Mountains foothill to the town of Palo Alto.

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Some useful links -
California Oak Galls/ Joyce Gross - http://joycegross.com/galls_ca_oak.php
Mite galls of North America - https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/CAT87208955/PDF
A Field Guide to Insects and Diseases of California Oaks - http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/pdf/psw_gtr197.pdf
Syrphid flies - http://www.cavette.net/photos/syrphids/
Sawfly larvae - http://www.wildlifeinsight.com/sawfly-caterpillars-or-larvae/
Aquatic Insects of CA - https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/40665957#page/222/mode/1up
The Semiaquatic and Aquatic Hemiptera of California - https://essig.berkeley.edu/documents/cis/cis21.pdf
Pacific Northwest Moths and Butterflies - https://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/technology/pdfs/MILLER_LEPIDOPTERA_WEB.pdf

Israel -
Plants - http://www.wildflowers.co.il/hebrew/ or in English http://www.wildflowers.co.il/english/
Insects and other invertebrates - http://israel-nature-site.com/
Ant checklist - http://www.entomology.org.il/sites/default/files/pdfs/Vonshak-IJE39.pdf

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