From the beginning of my academic studies, I've been keen to perform applicable research that deals with current issues in ecosystem management. Following my PhD research on ecology and ecohydrology of desert rangelands, I started working as an ecologist, focusing mostly on biodiversity mapping and monitoring. I am interested in finding strategies and methods to foster synergies between our managed agroecosystems and the surrounding natural systems, in ways that support biodiversity while maintaining profit for the farmers.
In Russell Ranch, I am working on a USDA-funded project, exploring different strategies to manage a transition to organic farming in processing tomatoes. We are comparing different cover crop rotations and the use of livestock grazing on farm, and tracking changes in soil health and weed pressure.
2016 Ph.D., Desert Ecology and Ecohydrology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
2012 M.Sc., Desert studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
2009 B.Sc. Agr., Plant Sciences, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Biotechnology and the Environment, The Hebrew University, Israel