Sondra Turjeman

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PhD Student
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram, Jerusalem 91904, Israel

I am a PhD student in the Movement Ecology Lab. I study the white stork, Ciconia ciconia, and my research focuses on reproductive patterns in the species as reconstructed genetically. My goals are to check for genetic monogamy within the species and in the absence of monogamy, to examine ecological patterns of the behavior. This research will serve as a measure for the usefulness of (previous) observational studies in understanding mating patterns in this species and will allow for a better understanding of impacts of various ecological factors on reproductive behaviors. Additionally, I am working on a longitudinal study to determine how breeding success in previous years affects breeding success, mate choice, nest site fidelity, and monogamy.

Aside from my genetic research, I manage research in the Golan Heights where three to five pairs of storks breed annually. This observational work, ringing, and tagging is part of a broader study on the storks with Shay Rotics (PhD student, Movement Ecology Lab) and a team of German researchers as part of the Deutsche-Israel Program. While my main research interest is to understand how pre-flight behavior (movements in the nest) affects flight-learning, improvement, and survival, we are also interested in stabilizing and increasing the Golan Heights breeding population. To this end, we have mounted nest platforms throughout the area in hopes of encouraging immigration to the population.


Shay Rotics, , Sondra Turjeman, , Yehezkel Resheff, , Nir Sapir, , Ran Nathan, M. Kaatz, , D. Zurell, , U. Eggers, W. Fiedler, A. Flack, F. Jeltsch, M. Wikelski, (2017) Overwintering closer to European natal areas enhances survival in juvenile White Storks | Animal Behaviour 79-88 : 126
Sondra Turjeman, , Alejandro Centeno-Cuadros, , Shay Rotics, , Ran Nathan, U. Eggers, , J. Blas, , W. Fiedler, , M. Kaatz, , F. Jeltsch, , M. Wikelski, (2016) Extra-pair paternity in the socially monogamous white stork (Ciconia ciconia) is fairly common and independent of local density | Scientific Reports 27976
Shay Rotics, , Yehezkel Resheff, , Sondra Turjeman, , Nir Sapir, , Ran Nathan, M. Kaatz, , D. Zurell, , U. Eggers, , A. Flack, W. Fiedler, F. Jeltsch, M. Wikelski, (2016) The challenges of the first migration: movement and behavior of juvenile versus adult white storks with insights regarding juvenile mortality. | Journal of Animal Ecology 938–947 : 85
Sondra Turjeman, , Alejandro Centeno-Cuadros, , Ran Nathan, (2016) Isolation and characterization of novel polymorphic microsatellite markers for the white stork, <i>Ciconia ciconia</i>: applications in individual-based and population genetics | Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 11-16 : 39