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



Selected Publications (since 2010)

Book chapters

Pisanty, G. & Mandelik, Y. 2011. Effects of alien species on plant-pollinator interactions: how can native plants adapt to changing pollination regimes? In: “Evolution of the Plant-Pollinator Relationships”, S., Patiny (editor), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. pp. 414-438. PDF

Sapir, Y., Dorchin, A., & Mandelik Y. Environmental Indicators – Pollinator Decline. In: "Environmental indicators", R., Armon (editor), Springer (in press).


van Rijn, I., Neeson, T.M., & Mandelik, Y.  Reliability and refinement of the higher taxa approach for bee richness and composition. Ecological Applications (in press). PDF

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

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. PDF

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. PDF

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

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., Dudenhöffer, J.H., Elle, E., Gaines, H.R., Gratton, C., Greenleaf, S.S., Holzschuh, A., Isaacs, R., Javorek, S.K., Jha, S., Klein, A.M., Krewenka, K., Mandelik, Y. , Mayfield, M.M., Morandin, L., Neame, L.A., Otieno, M., Park, M., Potts, S.G., Rundlöf, M., Saez, A., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Taki, H., Tuell, J.K., Viana, B.F., Veldtman, R., Westphal, C., & Kremen, C. 2013. A global quantitative synthesis of local and landscape effects on wild bee pollinators in agroecosystems. Ecology Letters 16(5): 584-599. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

Garibaldi, L. A., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Kremen, C., Morales, J. M. , Bommarco, R. , Cunningham, S. , Carvalheiro, L. , Chacoff, N. , Dudenhöffer, J.H., Greenleaf, S. C, Holzschuh, A. , Isaacs, R. , Krewenka, K. , Mandelik, Y., Mayfield, M., Morandin, L., Potts, S. , Ricketts, T. , Szentgyörgyi, H. , Winfree, R. , & Klein, A.M. 2011. Stability of pollination services decreases with isolation from natural areas despite honey bee visits. Ecology Letters 14(10): 1062-1072. PDF

Gotlieb, A., Hollender, Y., & Mandelik, Y. 2010. Gardening in the desert changes bee communities and pollination network characteristics. Basic and Applied Ecology 12(4): 310-320. PDF

Mandelik, Y., Roll, U., & Fleischer, A. 2010. Cost-efficiency of biodiversity indicators for Mediterranean ecosystems and the effects of socio-economic factors. Journal of Applied Ecology 47(6): 1179-1188. PDF