Merav Vonshak Curator

Joined: Mar 29, 2014 Last Active: Nov 26, 2020

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 - - please join the project to follow us!
You can also view our future and past events on my website -

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.

Some useful links -
California Oak Galls/ Joyce Gross -
Mite galls of North America -
A Field Guide to Insects and Diseases of California Oaks -
Syrphid flies -
Sawfly larvae -
Aquatic Insects of CA -
The Semiaquatic and Aquatic Hemiptera of California -
Pacific Northwest Moths and Butterflies -

Israel -
Plants - or in English
Insects and other invertebrates -
Ant checklist -

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