Dr. Shai Markman

Senior Lecturer

In the Markman laboratory, we study behavioral ecology strategies mainly while using birds as model systems. We quantify various behaviors such as foraging, predator-prey interactions, competition, migration and parental care in order to understand the evolutionary biology roots of these behaviors.

Academic Background

B.Sc. Biology, The Hebrew University

M.Sc. Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Ph.D. Zoology, Tel Aviv University


Selected Publications

Markman, S., Pinshow, B. & Wright, J. (2002). Manipulation of parent-only food sources reveals sex-specific trade-offs between parental self-feeding and offspring care. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 269: 1931-1938.

Markman, S., Pinshow, B., Wright, J. & Kotler, B. P. (2004). Food patch use by parent birds: to gather food for themselves or for their chicks? Journal of Animal Ecology 73: 747-755. 

Tadmor-Melamed, H., Markman, S., Arieli, A., Distl, M., Wink, M. & Izhaki, I. (2004). A limited ability of Palestine sunbirds (Nectarinia osea) to cope with pyridine alkaloids in nectar of tobacco tree (Nicotiana glauca). Functional Ecology 18: 844-850.

*Silberbush, A., *Markman, S., Lewinsohn, E., Bar, E., Cohen, J. E. & Blaustein, L. (2010). Predator-released hydrocarbons repel oviposition by a mosquito. Ecology Letters 13: 1129-1138. * equal contribution. 

Markman, S., Pascoe, D., Müller, C.T., Dawson, A. & Buchanan, K. L. (2011). Pollutants affect development in nestling starlings Sturnus vulgaris. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 391-397. 

Kaczorowski, L & Markman, S. (2016) Nectar alkaloids of Tree tobacco can reduce Palestine sunbird foraging performance in a colour discrimination task. Animal Behaviour 119: 59-68.


Introduction to Ecology, Behavioral Ecology

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