Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology
Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research
BGU, Sede Boqer Campus, Midreshet Ben-Gurion 84990, Israel
Born: 1954, USA.
Ph.D.: 1983, University of Arizona. Professor.
Board of Editors for Ecology and Ecological Monographs.
Research Interests:Community ecology, evolutionary ecology, and behavioral ecology; optimal foraging, tradeoffs of food and safety, optimal patch use, the effect of costly information; foraging games between predators and their prey; consequences of natural selection at the community level: mechanisms of coexistence among desert granivorous birds and mammals; applying foraging theory and mechanisms of species coexistence to conservation issues; behavioral indicators in conservation biology.
Research Projects:(a) Foraging games between gerbils and their predators, with Joel S. Brown (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Amos Bouskila (BGU);
(b) Applying foraging theory to studying coexistence among desert granivorous birds and mammals, with Joel S. Brown (University of Illinois at Chicago);
(c) Applying foraging theory to conservation biology: measuring habitat quality and species interactions in African herbivores, with Michael Knight, Guy Castley (National Parks Board of South Africa), and Graham Kerley (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University).
Research Projects for M.Sc.
- Foraging games between gerbils and their predators.
- Measuring habitat suitability in hyraxes and ibex in desert habitats.
- Using mechanisms of species coexistence as a management tool in desert mammalian herbivores
Courses taught:Evolutionary Ecology
Special Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
- Brown, J.S., and B.P. Kotler. The ecology of fear. In: Stephens, D., R. Ydenberg and J.S. Brown (Eds.), Foraging. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. In press.
- Kotler, B.P. and J.S. Brown. Community ecology. In: Stephens, D., R. Ydenberg and J.S. Brown (Eds.), Foraging. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. In press.
- Kotler, B.P., and M. Perrin. A test of five mechanisms of species coexistence between rodents in a southern African Savannah. African Journal of Zoology, in press.
- Kotler, B.P., C. Dickman, O. Ovadia and G. Wasserberg. The effect of resource renewal on the timing of nightly activity of male and female Allenbyi’s gerbils (Gerbillus andersoni allenbyi). Oikos, in press.
- Ovadia, O. Z. Abramsky, B. P. Kotler, and B. Pinshow. Inter-specific competitors reduce inter-gender competition in Negev Desert gerbils. Oecologia 142:480-488 (2005).
- Ben-Natan, G., Z. Abramsky and B.P. Kotler. Daily renewal of seed resource patches provide the necessary environmental variability for two temporally partitoining gerbils. Oikos, 105:325-335 (2004).
- Brown, J.S. and B.P. Kotler. Hazardous duty pay: studying the foraging cost of predation. Ecology Letters, 7:999-1014 (2004).
- Kotler, B.P., J.S. Brown and A. Bouskila. Apprehension and time allocation in gerbils: the effects of predatory risk and energetic state. Ecology, 85:917-922 (2004).
- Markman, S., B. Pinshow, J. Wright and B.P. Kotler. Central place foraging: alternative patch-use by parents. Journal of Animal Ecology, 73:747-755 (2004).
- Mitchell, W.A., B.P. Kotler, J.S. Brown, L. Blaustein, and S.R.X. Dall. Species diversity, environmental heterogeneity, and species interactions. In: Shachak, M., J.R. Gosz, S.T.A. Pickett and A. Perevolotsky (Eds.), Diversity in Drylands: Towards a Unified Framework. Oxford University Press (2004).
- Kotler, B.P., J.S. Brown, A. Bouskila, S. Mukherjee and T. Goldberg. Foraging games between gerbils and their predators: seasonal changes in schedules of activity and apprehension. Israel Journal of Zoology 50:256-271 (2004).
- Polis, G.A., Y. Ayal, A. Bachi, S.R.X. Dall, D.E. Goldberg, R.D. Holt, S. Kark, B.P. Kotler and W.A. Mitchell. United framework I: Interspecific interactions and species diversity in drylands. In: Shachak, M., J.R. Gosz, S.T.A. Pickett and A. Perevolotsky (Eds.) Diversity in Drylands: Towards a Unified Framework. Oxford University Press (2004).
- Saltz, D. and B.P. Kotler. Maternal age is a predominant determinate of progeny sex ratio in ungulates: a reply to Hewison et al. Oikos, 101:646-648 (2003).
- Wasserberg, G., Z. Abramsky, B.P. Kotler, R.S. Ostfeld, I. Yarom and A. Warburg. Anthropogenic disturbances enhance occurence of Cutaneous leishmaniasis inIsrael deserts: patterns and mechanisms. Ecological Applications, 13:868-881 (2003).
- Ylonen, H., C. Dickman and B.P. Kotler. Estimating small mammal densities: why don’t Uglala traps work in arid environments? Annales Zoologici Fennici, 40:537-541 (2003).
- Ylonen, H. and B.P. Kotler. Preface: costs of coexistence in mammals. Evolutinary Ecology, 17:313-314 (2003).
- Ziv, Y. and B.P. Kotler. Giving-up densities of foraging gerbils: the effect of interspecific competition on patch use. Evolutionary Ecology, 17:333-347 (2003).
- Wasserberg, G., Z. Abramsky, G. Anders, M. El-Fari, G. Schoenian, L. Schnur, B.P.Kotler, I. Kabalo and A. Warburg. The ecology of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Nizzana, Israel: infection patterns in the reservoir host, and epidemiological implications. International journal for parasitology, 32(2):133-143 (2002).
- Kotler, B.P., J.S. Brown, S.R.X. Dall, S. Gresser, D. Ganey and A. Bouskila. Foraging games between owls and gerbils: temporal dynamics of resource depletion and apprehension in gerbils. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 4:495-518 (2002).
- Brown, J.S., B.P. Kotler and A. Bouskila. The ecology of fear and the foraging game between owls and gerbils. Annales Zoologica Fennica, 38:71-87 (2001).
- Dall, S.R.X., B.P. Kotler and A. Bouskila. Attention, apprehension, and gerbils searching in patches. Annales Zoologica Fennica, 38:15-23 (2001).
- Kotler, B.P., J.S. Brown, A. Oldfield, J. Thorson and D. Cohen. Patch use in three species of gerbils in a risky environment: the role of escape substrate and foraging substrate. Ecology, 82:1781-1790 (2001).
- Ovadia, O., Y. Ziv, Z. Abramsky, B. Pinshow and B.P. Kotler. Harvest rates and foraging strategies in Negev Desert gerbils. Behavioral Ecology, 12:219-226 (2001).
- Fierer, N.G. and B. P. Kotler. Patch discrimination in gerbils: evidence for micropatch selection and the effects of distinct and vague boundaries. Journal of Functional Ecology, 14:176-182 (2000).
- Lortie.,C.J., D.T. Ganey and B.P. Kotler. The effects of gerbil foraging on the natural seedbank and consequences on the annual plant community. Oikos, 90:399-407 (2000).