Faculty and Researchers

Eviatar Nevo Ph.D

Professor Emeritus
Founder of the Institute of Evolution and Director during 1970-2008
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Subject: Evolutionary biology

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity evolution in nature at local, regional and global scale
  • Stress, natural selection and adaptive evolution
  • Speciation (allopatric in Spalax and sympatric across life at "Evolution Canyon")
  • Model organisms: bacteria, soil fungi, insects, wild cereals, blind subterranean mammals, Spalax

Selected Publications

Nevo, E. 1968. Pipid frogs from the early Cretaceous of Israel and pipid evolution. Bull. Museum Comp. Zool. Harvard University 136:255-318. (Link)

Nevo, E. 1973. Test of selection and neutrality in natural populations. Nature 244:573-575. (Link)

Nevo, E., T. Shimony and M. Libni. 1977. Thermal selection of allozyme polymorphisms in barnacles. Nature 267:699-701. (Link)

Nevo, E. and H. Cleve. 1978. Genetic differentiation during speciation. Nature 275:125-126. (Link)

Nevo, E. 1992. Origin, evolution, population genetics and resources for breeding of wild barley, Hordeum spontaneum, in the Fertile Crescent. In: Barley: Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Shewry, P. (ed.). C.A.B. International. Pp. 19-43.

Cooper, H.M., M. Herbin and E. Nevo. 1993. Mosaic evolution: ocular regression conceals adaptive progression of the visual system in a blind subterranean mammal. Nature 361:156-159. (Link)

Nevo, E. 1995. Asian, African and European biota meet at "Evolution Canyon", Israel: local tests of global biodiversity and genetic diversity patterns. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 262:149-155. (Link)

Nevo, E. 1998. Molecular evolution and ecological stress at global, regional and local scales: the Israeli perspective. J. Exp. Zool. 282:95-119. (Link)

Nevo, E. 1999. Mosaic Evolution of Subterranean Mammals: Regression, Progression and Global Convergence. Oxford University Press.

Nevo, E., E. Ivanitskaya and A. Beiles. 2001. Adaptive radiation of blind subterranean mole rats: naming and revisiting the four sibling species of the Spalax ehrenbergi superspecies in Israel: Spalax galili (2n=52), S. golani (2n=54), S. carmeli (2n=58) and S. judaei (2n=60). Bachkhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Nevo, E., A.B. Korol, A. Beiles and T. Fahima. 2002. Evolution of Wild Emmer and Wheat Improvement. Population Genetics, Genetic Resources, and Genome Organization of Wheat's Progenitor, Triticum dicoccoides. Springer-Verlag, 364 pp.

Avivi, A., H. Oster, A. Joel, A. Beiles, U. Albrecht and E. Nevo. 2002. Circadian genes in a blind subterranean mammal II: conservation and uniqueness of the three Period homologs in the blind subterranean mole rat, Spalax ehrenbergi superspecies. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99:11718-11723. (Link)

Jin, Y., S. Weining and E. Nevo. 2005. A MAPK gene from Dead Sea fungus confers stress tolerance to lithium slat and freezing-thawing: prospects for saline agriculture. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102(52):18992-18997. (Link)

Peleg, G., G. Katzir, O. Peleg, M. Kamara, L. Brodsky, H. Hel-Or, D. Keren and E. Nevo. 2006. Hereditary family signature of facial expression. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103(43):15921-15926. (Link)

Nevo,  E.  2009. Evolution in action across life at "Evolution Canyon", Israel. Trends Evol. Biol. 1:e3. (Link)

Nevo, E. 2011. Selection overrules gene flow at "Evolution Canyons, Israel". In: Advance in Genetics Research. Vol. 5. K.V. Urbano (ed.), Chapter 2. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 67-89.

Nevo, E. 2011. Evolution under environmental stress at macro-and microscales. Genome Biol. Evol. 2:1039-1052. (Link)

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