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Mailing Address:
The Robert H. Smith Institute of
Plant Sciences and Genetics
in Agriculture
POB 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel

Administrator: Neomi Maimon 
Tel: 972-8-948-9251,
Fax: 972-8-948-9899,

Director: Prof. David Weiss
Tel: 972-8-948-9436
Fax: 972-8-948-9899



PhD Position in Dryland Oak Ecology



The Dryland Tree and Ecosystem Ecology Lab and The Sheffer Lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel have an opening for an outstanding and highly motivated PhD student in dryland tree ecology. The project is entitled Oaks on the Edge – Saving Oak Populations from the Threat of Climate Change, and includes collaboration with the labs of Prof. Dr. Frank Schurr, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, and of Prof. Dr. Britta Tietjen, Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.

treeBackground: Drier and hotter conditions due to climate change are expected to profoundly impact species-rich Mediterranean oak woodlands. This project aims to quantify the potential interactive effect of climate and livestock grazing on the growth, water relations and reproduction of a keystone oak species towards the dry edge of its global distribution.

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Undergraduate level

Tree biology 71403

Plant-based agriculture in Israel 71033

Ecological physiology of plants 71312

Introductory workshop in nature conservation and land management 71345

Graduate level

Biology and ecology of global change 71976

Forest ecology 71116

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Publications in peer reviewed journals:


Preisler Y, Tatarinov F, Grünzweig JM, Yakir D. 2021. Seeking the ‘point of no return’ in the sequence of events leading to mortality of mature trees. Plant, Cell and Environment. doi 10.1111/pce.13942.

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