Nir Horvitz

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Short Interest
Dispersal models
PhD Student

I am a PhD student in the Movement Ecology Lab, working on models of invasion patterns. The main goal of my PhD is to model the spread of 17 invasive plants species in China over the last 130 years. My main scientific interest is ecological modeling.

In my MSc research I implied an atmospheric model to birds migratory tracks in order to understand the effect of thermal conditions on risk taking and speed selection of individuals migrating birds .


Nir Horvitz, , Ran Nathan, R. Wang, F.-H. Wan, (2017) Pervasive human-mediated large-scale invasion: analysis of spread patterns and their underlying mechanisms in 17 of China’s worst invasive plants | Journal of Ecology 85-94 : 105
Roi Harel, , Orr Spiegel, , Nir Horvitz, , Ran Nathan, J. Fluhr, , O. Duriez, , W. M. Getz, , W. Bouten, , F. Sarrazin, , O. Hatzofe, (2016) Decision-making by a soaring bird: time, energy and risk considerations at different spatiotemporal scales | Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
Roi Harel, , Nir Horvitz, , Ran Nathan, (2016) Adult vultures outperform juveniles in challenging thermal soaring conditions | Scientific Reports 27865 : 6
Nir Horvitz, , Nir Sapir, , Ran Nathan, Felix Leichti, , Roni Avissar, , Isaac Mahrer, (2014) The gliding speed of migrating birds: slow and safe or fast and risky? | Ecology Letters 670–679 : 17
Nir Horvitz, , Ran Nathan, R. Wang, M. Zhu, F.-H. Wan, (2014) A simple modeling approach to elucidate the main transport processes and predict invasive spread: River-mediated invasion of Ageratina adenophora in China | Water Resources Research 9738-9747 : 50