Dr. Elli Groner
Elli Groner was born in Israel in 1965.
After completing his BSc and MSc degrees in Environmental Biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he went on to complete a Ph.D in ecology at Leeds University in the UK, where his thesis project was "Multi-species Dynamics of Fungal Breeding Drosophila".
He returned to Israel in 2001 to take up a post-doctoral position at the Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev.
As well as being the Academic Director of the Arava Institute, Dr. Groner manages the MARAG project at BGU, whose aim is to combine research and monitoring of biodiversity to improve the management of open spaces in Israel.
The project is a national LTER (long term ecological research) project of the Israel Academy of Science
Dr. Groner is a community ecologist specialising in arthropods in terrestrial ecosystems.
particular interests lie in species interactions and biodiversity.
uses behaviour experiments, field observations and stable isotope analysis to study food-webs of desert ecosystems.
studies the role of shrubs as "ecosystem engineers" and their effect on community structure.
This is done from north to south at several LTER (long term ecological research) stations, including conservation of the psammophile (sand loving) community of Nitzanim sand dunes and the desert community of the Zin Plain in the Negev Highlands.
is also involved in studying food-web dynamics in an airfield in order to reduce the risk of bird-plane accidents.
is involved in environmental direct action and after being highly active in Friends of the Earth in Yorkshire, he
started a similar group in Midreshet Ben-Gurion, where he
likes world and folk music and has a bass guitar.
also likes sports and plays football and basketball.
lives with his
wife and three children.