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Roi Dor, Associate Professor

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The Open University of Israel Department of Natural Sciences 1 University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 4353701, Israel
Office:972-9-778-1092 Email:roido@openu.ac.il

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Areas of Interest
  • Behavioral ecology of birds
  • Invasive species
  • Molecular phylogenetics

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at The Open University of Israel. I am a zoologist studying evolution, ecology and behavior, especially in birds. In my research, I combine observations and experiments in the field with molecular lab work. In recent years, I have been studying invasive species, trying to understand the traits that makes them successful invaders.

Ph.D., Zoology, Tel Aviv University
M.Sc. (magna cum laude), Zoology (Ecology and Environmental studies program), Tel Aviv University
B.Sc. (magna cum laude), Biology, Tel Aviv University
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Israel
2020 - 2023
Senior Lecturer, Department of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Israel
2013 - 2019
Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University
2012 - 2013
Post-doctoral fellow, The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University
2011 - 2012
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado – Boulder
2008 - 2011
Post-doctoral fellow, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University

Roi's full publications list is in Google Scholar


Magory Cohen T., Kumar S. R., Nair M., Hauber M. E. and R. Dor. 2020. Innovation and decreased neophobia are important for invasion success in a widespread avian invader. Animal Behaviour  163: 61-72.

Magory Cohen T. and R. Dor. 2019. The effect of local species composition on the distribution of an avian invader. Scientific Reports  9: 1-9.

Magory Cohen T., M. McKinney, S. Kark and R. Dor. 2019. Global invasion in progress – the current and putative distribution of the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis). Biological Invasions  21: 1295-1309.

Ben-Cohen S. and R. Dor. 2018. Phenotypic divergence despite low genetic differentiation in house sparrow populations. Scientific Reports  8: 394.

Adar S. and R. Dor. 2018. Mother doesn't always know best: Maternal wormlion choice of oviposition habitat does not match larval habitat choice. Behavioral Processes  147: 1-4.

Dor R., S. Rosenstein and I. Scharf. 2014. Foraging behaviour of a neglected pit-building predator: The wormlion. Animal Behaviour  93: 69-76.

Dor R., C. B. Cooper, I. J. Lovette, V. Massoni, F. Bulit, M. Liljesthrom, and D. W. Winkler. 2012. Clock gene variation in Tachycineta Swallows. Ecology and Evolution  2: 95-105.

Dor R., I. J. Lovette, R. J. Safran, S. M. Billerman, G. Huber, Y. Vortman, A. Lotem, A. McGowan, M. R. Evans, C. B. Cooper, D. W. Winkler. 2011. Low variation in the polymorphic Clock gene poly-Q region despite population genetic structure across Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) populations. PLoS ONE  6(12):e28843.

Dor R., R. J. Safran, F. H. Sheldon, D. W. Winkler and I. J. Lovette. 2010. Phylogeny of the genus Hirundo and the Barn Swallow subspecies complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution  56: 409-418.

Dor R. and A. Lotem. 2009. Heritability of nestling begging intensity in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). Evolution.  63: 738-748.

Ph.D. Dissertation "Genetic heritability of nestling begging, parental response to begging and morphological and life-history traits in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus)". Supervisor: Prof. Arnon Lotem, April 2009.

M.Sc. Dissertation "Dufour’s gland pheromones and reproductive dominance in workers honeybee". Supervisor: Prof. Abraham Hefetz, October 2003.