Merav Vonshak Curador

Unido: 29.mar.2014 Última actividad: 18.abr.2021 iNaturalist

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 - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/south-bay-bioblitzes - please join the project to follow us!
You can also view our future and past events on my website - https://www.bioblitz.club/
I organize and participate in the newt roadkill study near Lexington Reservoir. If you've seen photos of thousands of dead newts on iNat and were wondering about it, you can find more info here - https://www.bioblitz.club/newts

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 - http://joycegross.com/galls_ca_oak.php
Mite galls of North America - https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/CAT87208955/PDF
A Field Guide to Insects and Diseases of California Oaks - http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/pdf/psw_gtr197.pdf
Syrphid flies - http://www.cavette.net/photos/syrphids/
Sawfly larvae - http://www.wildlifeinsight.com/sawfly-caterpillars-or-larvae/
Aquatic Insects of CA - https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/40665957#page/222/mode/1up
The Semiaquatic and Aquatic Hemiptera of California - https://essig.berkeley.edu/documents/cis/cis21.pdf
Pacific Northwest Moths and Butterflies - https://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/technology/pdfs/MILLER_LEPIDOPTERA_WEB.pdf

Israel -
Plants - http://www.wildflowers.co.il/hebrew/ or in English http://www.wildflowers.co.il/english/
Insects and other invertebrates - http://israel-nature-site.com/
Ant checklist - http://www.entomology.org.il/sites/default/files/pdfs/Vonshak-IJE39.pdf

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