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Amir Ayali

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Chair of the Depatment of Zoology, Tel Aviv University
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00972 3 6409820
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The research in my lab is characterized by a multi-level approach to the study of insect physiology and behavior. Locust density-dependent phase polymorphism is an extreme model for environmentally-induced behavioral plasticity. We were the first to report on neurophysiologic correlates to phase differences in locust flight behavior. We also investigated learning-related aspects of swarming behavior. The intricate interaction between a locust, it’s peers and the environment is a primer phase characteristic, the first to change during phase transformation. We are currently developing tools to monitor, analyze and model locust coordinated behavior (marching swarms). Further projects are aimed at suggesting evolutionary models to account for the locust phenomenon and its evolutionary roots and at testing the effects of climate change on locust distribution and behavior. _x000D_
Field of specialization: Insect Physiology, Locust Biology, Neural Mechanisms of Behavior, Locust ; Area of Focus: Israel
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
PhD Insect Phyiology Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1995
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1. Ayali, A. Golenser, E. and Pener, M.P., 1996, Flight fuel related differences between solitary and gregarious locusts (Locusta migratoria migratorioides). Physiol. Entomol. 21:1-6. _x000D_
2. Fuchs E., Kutsch W. and Ayali A. , 2003, Neural correlates to flight-related ensity–dependent phase polymorphism in locusts. J. Neurobiol. 57:pp. 152-162._x000D_
3. Geva N., Guershon M., Orlova M. and Ayali A. , 2010, Memoirs of a locust: Density-dependent behavioral change as a model for learning and memory. Neurobiol. Learn. Mem. 93:175-182. _x000D_
4. Ayali A. and Yerushalmi Y. ,2010, Locust research in the age of model organisms. J. Insect Physiol. 56:831-833._x000D_
5. Berman T.S., Ayali A., and Gefen, E., 2013, Neural Control of Gas Exchange Patterns in Insects: Locust Density-Dependent Phases as a Test Case. PLoS One, 8(3):e59967.
Other activities
T1. Chair, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University _x000D_
2. Initiator and coordinator of an Israel Ministry of Agriculture- funded Center of excellence dedicated to locust research _x000D_
3. Member (previous council member) Israel Zoological Society _x000D_
4. Member (previous council member) Israel Entomological Society
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University of Tel Aviv
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Tel Aviv
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