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Efrat Sheffer Efrat Sheffer

Tel: 972-8-9489513    Fax: 972-8-9489899

E-mail: efrat.sheffer@mail.huji.ac.il

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Research Interests

From Plant to Ecosystem Ecology – Linking Levels and Crossing Scales

The research at the Sheffer lab aims at connecting plant strategies at the individual level to the organization of the ecological community and the functioning of the ecosystem. We study, for example, how plant strategies of nutrient acquisition are selected for by the conditions in the ecosystem and competition in the community; and conversely, how nutrient cycling is influenced by individual plant strategies. To answer such questions our research combines experiments, field observations and theoretical modeling, to evaluate links across spatial scales, from the local environment of the individual plant to landscape-scale processes (biotic and abiotic flows).

Currently looking for excellent MSc and PhD students!

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Selected Publications

  • Bonachela, J.A., Pringle, R.M, Sheffer, E., Coverdale, T.C., Guyton, J.A., Caylor, K.K., Levin, S.A., and Tarnita, C.E. (2015). Termite mounds can increase the robustness of dryland ecosystems to climatic change. Science, 347(6222): 651-655.
  • Sheffer, E., Canham, C.D., Kigel, J. and Perevolotsky, A. (2015). Countervailing effects on pine and oak leaf litter decomposition in human-altered Mediterranean ecosystems. Oecologia, DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3228-3.
  • Sheffer, E., Canham, C.D., Kigel, J. and Perevolotsky, A. (2014). Predicting the formation of a new upper canopy strata following colonization of native shrublands by pines. Forest science, 60(5): 841-850.
  • Sheffer, E., Canham, C.D., Kigel, J. and Perevolotsky, A. (2014). An integrative analysis of the dynamics of landscape- and local-scale colonization of Mediterranean woodlands by pines. PloS one, 9(2): e90178.
  • Sheffer, E., von Hardenberg, J., Yizhaq, Y., Shachak, M., and Meron, E. (2013). Emerged or imposed: a theory on the role of physical templates and self-organisation for vegetation patchiness. Ecology Letters, 16: 127-139.
  • Sheffer, E., Canham, C.D., Kigel, J. and Perevolotsky, A. (2013). Landscape-scale density-dependent recruitment of oaks in planted forests - More is not always better. Ecology, 94: 1718–1728.
  • Sheffer E., Shachak M., and Perevolotsky A. (2013). Ecosystem based management of Ramat Hanadiv Park as a model of a socio-ecological coupled system with multiple processes. In: Conserving and Managing Mediterranean Ecosystems: The Ramat Hanadiv Case Study and Beyond. A. Perevolotsky (editor). Zichron Yaacov: Ramat Hanadiv. (in Hebrew).
  • Perevolotsky, A. and Sheffer, E. (2012). Integrated management of heterogeneous landscape - Mediterranean Israel as a case study. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 57: 111-128.
  • Koniak, G., Sheffer, E., and Noy-Meir, I. (2012). Recreation as an environmental service in open landscapes in the Mediterranean region in Israel: public preferences. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 57: 151-171.
  • Sheffer, E. (2012). A review of the development of mediterranean pine-oak ecosystems after land abandonment and afforestation: are they novel ecosystems? Annals of Forest Science, 69: 429-443.
  • Sheffer E., Yizhaq, H., Shachak M. and Meron E. (2011). Mechanisms of vegetation-ring formation in water-limited systems. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 273: 138–146.
  • Perevolotsky, A. and Sheffer, E. (2009). Forest Management in Israel – The Ecological Alternative. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, 57: 35–48.
  • Sheffer, E., and Shkedy, Y. (editors) (2008). Adulam Long-term Ecological research – Summary of three years of research. 192 p. Science division, Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Jerusalem. (in Hebrew).
  • Sheffer E., Yizhaq H., Gilad E., Shachak M. and Meron E. (2007). Why do plants in resource deprived environments form rings? Ecological Complexity, 4: 192-200.

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