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Prof. Ran Nathan is a full professor at the department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ). He studies various topics of movement ecology, ranging from dispersal of plants, through foraging and navigation of ants, birds and bats, to trans-continental migration of birds. Nathan has introduced a mechanistic multidisciplinary approach to one of the most challenging aspects of plant ecology, the study of long-distance dispersal (LDD) of seeds, revealing the mechanisms of LDD by wind (Nature 2002), producing a wide range of models to predict LDD and plant spread in changing environments (e.g. Ecol Lett 2011), and proposing a novel synthesis of plant dispersal and spatial dynamics (e.g. TREE 2000, Science 2006). In 2006, he initiated and led an international research group to develop movement ecology as a new integration of organismal movement research, and edited a highly-cited Special Feature introducing this new paradigm (PNAS 2008). Over the past decade, Nathan has expended his research beyond plant dispersal, to study animal migration, navigation, dispersal and foraging. His studies apply cutting-edge biotelemetry technologies to track movements and behaviors of thousands of free-ranging individuals of bird and bat species, yielding over 2G data points thus far, and some groundbreaking results (e.g. first evidence for a navigational map in a mammal, PNAS 2011). Overall, Nathan has published 132 peer-reviewed articles, most of them in 10% top-ranked journals (including one paper in Nature, 3 in Science and 7 in PNAS), which have been cited nearly 15,000 times thus far (Google Scholar; H-index = 51).
Nathan completed his PhD at HUJ in 2000 and spent 2.5 years as a post-doctoral associate at Princeton University, working with the distinguished Prof. Simon A. Levin. Since 2003 he heads the Movement Ecology lab at HUJ, and thus far has supervised 17 MSc students, 18 PhD students and 9 Post-docs. He served as the chairman of the Silberman Inst of Life Science, HUJ’s largest research institute (2009-2012) and as the Vice Dean of HUJ’s Faculty of Sciences (2013-2016). He also has ample experience in leading highly productive international interdisciplinary research groups, and so far has raised support of >12.5 million Euro in 35 external research grants from various funding programs in Australia, Germany, Israel, Panama and the USA, as well as multiple international Research Awards such as the Bessel Award of the Humboldt Foundation (2006). Since early 2012, he serves as the director of the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology, an international research center supporting movement ecology studies, with secured funding for 12 years. Nathan has served as an associate editor at several leading ecological and multidisciplinary journals (including PLoS Biology and Ecology Letters), and in 2013 co-founded as Editor-in-Chief the new open-access journal Movement Ecology (BMC, Nature Springer). In 2019, he chaired Gordon Research Conference on Movement Ecology of Animals.
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