Institute of Evolution

The Institute of Evolution (IoE)

Established in the University of Haifa at 1977 by prof. Eviatar Nevo, includes 12 faculty members (members of the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology) and more than 20 affiliated scientists with PhD degrees.

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The Institute of Evolution (IOE) at the University of Haifa is unique in its broad and interdisciplinary research with particular expertise in population and evolutionary genetics, developmental evolution, behavioral evolution, bioinformatics and ecology. The IOE is situated on Mount Carmel at the heart of the Carmel national park, next to one of most beautiful cities around the Mediterranean, we are in prefect location to study biodiversity and evolution. We are abundant with in house and outdoor facilities providing for modern, cutting edge science. Together with the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology based in our campus, we are a center of excellence in the field of ecology and evolution in the north of Israel.

Institute News

Congratulations to Dr. Tomáš Pavlíček for the Nature paper!

Scientific Seminars

The presented lectures deal mainly with the hot topics in evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, genomics, and ecology. The seminars are delivered by expert lecturers and distinguished visitors in a relaxed environment.

At this point, the seminars will be held online on Mondays at 12 pm

Next seminar:

06.12.2021, Room #223, Multi-purpose building

Dr. Alon Silberbush,

Dept. of Biology and Environment , Oranim College

Effects of fish-released kairomones on mosquito behavior and development


In addition to direct consumption, the mere presence of predators produces stressful reactions that may have several implications on prey individuals. These reactions require recognition which is often achieved with the presence of chemical signals named kairomones. Although predator-released kairomones may potentially produce long term affects at the community and ecosystem levels, surprisingly little is known about them.

Mosquitoes are ideal target species for studying the effects and identity of such kairomones. I will present several aspects of the effects of kairomones released by larvivorous fish on mosquito adults and larvae. These species-specific responses to fish-released kairomones may have applied implications and raise interesting questions on the detection mechanism.