Yael Mandelik’s CV (PDF)

Yael Mandelik's lab

I am an ecologist and conservation biologist working on the interaction between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and land-use change. Much of the work in my lab focuses on insect pollinators and pollination, as a central ecosystem service, and explores questions related to plant-pollinator interactions, pollination services to crops and wild plants, anthropogenic-induced changes in pollinator communities and tools to quantify these changes. We seek ways to restore communities of these beneficial insects in agricultural landscape and contribute to sustainable agriculture production and biodiversity conservation.


Ph.D. Biodiversity Conservation, Tel Aviv University, 2005

M.Sc. Ecology and Environmental Quality, Tel Aviv University, 1999

B.Sc. Animal Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1996

Research Interests

  • Ecosystem services
  • Pollination ecology
  • Biodiversity conservation and restoration
  • Biodiversity indicators



List of publications of the past 5 year

Chapters in Collections:

Sapir, Y., Dorchin, A., & Mandelik Y. 2015. Indicators of pollinator decline and pollen limitation. In: "Environmental indicators", R., Armon & O., Hänninen (editors), Springer Berlin, pp. 103-115.  

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Mandelik, Y., Chiktunov, V., Kravchenko, V., & Dayan , T. 2012. The relative performance of taxonomic vs. environmental indicators for local biodiversity assessment: a comparative study.  Ecological Indicators 15(1): 171-180.   

Mandelik, Y., Winfree, R., Neeson, T., & Kremen, C. 2012. Complementary habitat use by wild bees in an agro-natural landscape. Ecological Applications 22(5): 1535-1546.

Kennedy, C.M. , Lonsdorf, E. , Neel, M.C.,  Williams, N.M.  Ricketts, T.H., Winfree, R., Bommarco, R. , Brittain, C. , Burley, A.L., Cariveau, D. , Carvalheiro, L.G. , Chacoff, N.P., Cunningham, S.A. , Danforth, B.N. C, Dudenhöffer, J.H. , Elle, E. , Gaines, H.R. C, Gratton, C.C, Greenleaf, S.S. C, Holzschuh, A. C, Isaacs, R.C, Javorek, S.K. C, Jha, S. C, Klein, A.M. C, Krewenka, K. C, Mandelik, Y. , Mayfield, M.M. C, Morandin, L. C, Neame, L.A. C, Otieno, M. C, Park, M. C, Potts, S.G. C, Rundlöf, M. C, Saez, A. C, Steffan-Dewenter, I. C, Taki, H.C, Tuell, J.K. C, Viana, B.F. C, Veldtman, R.C, Westphal, C. C, & Kremen, C PI. 2013. A global quantitative synthesis of local and landscape effects on wild bee pollinators in agroecosystems. Ecology Letters 16(5): 584-599. 

Neeson, T.M., Van Rijn, I., & Mandelik, Y.2013. How taxonomic diversity, community structure and sample size determine the reliability of higher taxon surrogates. Ecological Applications 23(5): 1216-1225. 

Fleischer, A., Shafir, S., & Mandelik, Y. 2013. A proactive approach for assessing alternative management programs for an invasive alien pollinator species. Ecological Economics 88: 126-132.

Garibaldi, L.A., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Winfree, R., Aizen, M.A. , Bommarco, R. , Cunningham, S.A. , Kremen, C. , Carvalheiro, L.G. , Afik, O. P, Bartomeus, I. , Benjamin, F. C, Boreux, V. C, Cariveau, D. C, Chacoff, N.P. C, Dudenhöffer, J.H. C, Freitas, B.M. C, Greenleaf, S.C, Harder, L. C, Hipólito, J. C, Holzschuh, A.C, Howlett, B. C, Isaacs, R. C, Javorek, S.K.C, Kennedy, C. C, Krewenka, K. C, Mandelik, Y. , Mayfield, M.M. C, Motzke, I. C, Munyuli, T. C, Nault, B.A. C, Otieno, M. C, Petersen, J. C, Pisanty, G.S, Potts, S.G. C, Rader, R. C, Ricketts, T.H. C, Rundlöf, M. C, Seymour, C.L. C, Schüepp, C. C, Smitha, K. C, Szentgyörgyi, H. C, Taki, H. C, Tscharntke, T. C, Vergara, C.H. C, Viana, B.F. C, Wanger, T.C. C, Westphal, C. C, Williams, N. C, & Klein, A.M. PI 2013. Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey bee abundance. Science 339(6127): 1608-1611.

Rotholz, E., & Mandelik, Y. 2013. Roadside habitats: effects on diversity and composition of plant, arthropod, and small mammal communities. Biodiversity and Conservation 22(4): 1017-1031.

Pisanty, G., Klein, A.M., & Mandelik, Y. 2014. Do wild bees complement honey bee pollination of confection sunflowers in Israel? Apidologie 45(2): 235-247.

Neeson, T.M., & Mandelik, Y. 2014. Pairwise measures of species co-occurrence for conservation biology and community ecology. Ecological Indicators 45: 721-727.

van Rijn, I., Neeson, T.M., & Mandelik, Y.  2015. Reliability and refinement of the higher taxa approach for bee richness and composition assessments. Ecological Applications 25: 88-98.  

Pisanty, G. & Mandelik, Y. 2015. Profiling crop pollinators: life-history traits predict habitat use and crop visitation by Mediterranean wild bees. Ecological Applications 25(3): 742-752.

Schäckermann, J., Mandelik, Y., Weiss, N., von Wehrden, H., & Klein, A.M. 2015. Natural habitat does not mediate vertebrate seed predation as an ecosystem dis-service to agriculture. Journal of Applied Ecology 52(2): 291-299.

Kleijn, D., Scheper, J., Winfree, R., Benjamin, F., Cariveau, D. , Bartomeus, I., Carvalheiro, L.,  Henry, M., Le Féon, V. , Isaacs, R. , May, E. , Klein, A. , Kremen, C. , Sardinas, H. , Sciligo, A. , M'Gonigle, L. , Rader, R. , Ricketts, T. , Williams, N. , Lee Adamson, N. , Ascher, J. , Báldi, A. C, Batary, P. C, Tscharntke, T. , Biesmeijer, K. , Blitzer, E. C, Park, M. C, Danforth, B. C, Bommarco, R. C, Brand, M. C, Bretagnolle, V. , Button, L. , Elle, E. C, Chifflet, R. C, Colville, R. C, Garratt, M. C, Potts, S. C,  Herzog, F.C, Holzschuh, A. C, Steffan-Dewenter, I. C, Howlett, B. C, Jauker, F. C, Jha, S. C, Knop, E. C, Krewenka, K. C, Mandelik, Y. , Pisanty, G. C, Reemer, M. C, Riedinger, V. C, Rollin, O. C, Rundlöf, M. C,  Smith, H. C, Thorp, R. C, Verhulst, J. C, Viana, B. C, Vaissière, B. C, Veldtman, R. C, & Westphal, C.C  2015. Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. Nature Communications 6, article no. 7414.

Schäckermann, J., Gesine P. , Mandelik, Y., & Klein, A.M. 2015. Agro-ecosystem services and dis-services in almond orchards are differentially influenced by the surrounding landscape. Ecological Entomology 40(1): 12-21.

Rader, R., Bartomeus, I., Garibaldi, L.A., Garratt, M.P.D., Howlett, B., Winfree, R., Cunningham, S.A., Mayfield, M.M., Arthur, A.D., Andersson, G.K.S., Bommarco, R., Brittain, C., Carvalheiro, L.G., Chacoff, N.P., Entling, M.H., Foully, B., Freitas, B.M., Gemmill-Herren, B., Ghazoul, J., Griffin, S., Gross, C.L., Herbertsson, L., Herzog, F., Hipólito, J., Jaggar, S., Jauker, F., Klein, A.M., Kleijn, D., Krishnan, S., Lemos. C.Q., Lindström, S.A.M., Mandelik, Y., Monteiro, V.M.,   Nelson, W., Nilsson, L., Pattemore, D., Pereira, N. de O., Pisanty, G., Potts, S.G., Reemer, M., Rundlöf, M., Sheffield, C.S., Scheper, J., Schüepp, C., Smith, H.G., Stanley, D.A., Stout, J.C., Szentgyörgyi, H., Taki, H., Vergara, C.H., Viana, B.F. & Woyciechowski, M. 2015. Non-bee insects are important contributors to global crop pollination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113: 146-151.

Pisanty, G., Afik, O., Wajnberg, E., & Mandelik, Y. 2016. Watermelon pollinators exhibit complementarity in both visitation rate and single-visit pollination efficiency. Journal of Applied Ecology 53(2): 360-370.