The Movement Ecology lab was founded by Prof. Ran Nathan at 2002. The Lab studies foraging, dispersal, migration and other types of movements in plants and animals, mostly birds. These studies typically combine advanced biotelemetry of free-ranging animals, mechanistic models, molecular tools, and various observational and experimental approaches in the laboratory and in the field, both in Israel and around the world.
As a theoretical base the lab projects use a conceptual framework that was introduced by Nathan et al. in a special issue of PNAS (2008). This framework asserts that four basic components are needed to describe the mechanisms underlying movement of all kinds: the organism’s internal state, which defines its intrinsic motivation to move; the motion and navigation capacities representing, respectively, the organism’s basic ability to move and affect where and when to move; and the broad range of external factors affecting movement.
The Lab is expected to contribute significantly to a greater understanding of movement across all taxonomic groups based on the framework above by the study of issues regarding:
The Lab is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of students with diverse backgrounds and complementary expertise because we believe that diversity brings creativity, and creativity brings new insights.