The Open University of Israel
Prof. Anat Barnea

  Prof. Anat Barnea

  Department of Natural Sciences

Updated: August 2017

 

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6 HaSharon St., Kochav-Yair, Israel

Tel: 972-9-7781753
Fax: 972-9-7780661

E-mail: anatba@openu.ac.il

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Higher Education

1983 – 1988 Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Dept. of Zoology. Ph.D.
1982

The Hebrew University, Israel. Faculty of Agriculture. High-school Teacher's Diploma in Biology and Agriculture.

1979 – 1982 Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Dept. of Zoology. M.Sc., graduated with honors. 
1976 – 1979 The Hebrew University, Israel. Faculty of Life Sciences. B.Sc. in Life Sciences.

Post-Doctoral Studies

1991 – 1994 Rockefeller University, New York, USA. Neuroethology. Prof. Fernando Nottebohm.
1989 – 1990 Oxford University, Department of Plant Sciences, UK.  Dr. Caroline Pannell.
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Academic Ranks and Tenure

2016 – Full Professor - The Open University of Israel. Dept. of Natural and Life Sciences.
2008 – 2016 Associate Professor - The Open University of Israel. Dept. of Natural and Life Sciences.
2000 – 2008 Senior Lecturer - The Open University of Israel. Dept. of Natural and Life Sciences.
1995 – 2000 Lecturer - The Open University of Israel. Dept. of Natural and Life Sciences.
1994 – 1995 Guest Lecturer - The Open University of Israel. Dept. of Natural and Life Sciences.
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List of Publications

Thesis and Dissertation:

Ph.D. Interactions between fleshy fruited plants and vertebrates which disperse them in Israel. 1988. 140 pp. In Hebrew. Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Supervisors: Prof. Y. Yom-Tov & Prof. J. Friedman. (Publications # 31, 32 & 33).

M.Sc. The biology of the Syrian woodpecker, Dendrocopos syriacus. 1982. 140 pp. In Hebrew. Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Supervisor: Prof. Y. Yom-Tov. (Publications # 34 & 35).

Open University Books:

2010 – 2014 Biology of Terrestrial Vertebrates – an Israeli approach. Intermediate course. Scientific Editor of the 5 study units (written by Prof. Y. Yom-Tov, Tel-Aviv University).
2013 - 2014 Nerve cells – Introduction to Neurobiology. Intermediate course. Reviewing of study guides.
2012 Vegetation of Israel. Intermediate course. Reviewing of study materials.
2009 Faunistics of Vertebrates in Israel: Intermediate course. Writing of a new study unit. 
2001 General Biology – B. Intermediate course. Reviewing of several chapters.
1995 - 2000 Selected Topics in Animal Behavior: Intermediate course. Writing of 4 study units. Two others (written by Dr. Perry), and two field trip guides (written by Dr. Leader) were reviewed by me. A CD which accompanies the course was jointly written with Ms. Lev.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

  1. Barnea A, Smulders T.V. (In press) The Hippocampus: questions of homology. Preface for a Special Issue in Brain, Behavior and Evolution. Co-edited by Barnea A. and Smulders TV.
  2. Barkan S, Yom-Tov Y, & Barnea A. (2017) Possible relationship between brain plasticity, migratory lifestyle, and social structure in birds. Frontiers in Neuroscience, section Neurogenesis. 11:139. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00139. An invited paper in a special issue titled "Adult Neurogenesis: Beyond Rats and Mice” (Edited by Irmgard Amrein and Luca Bonfanti).
  3. Fleischman S, Terkel, J, Barnea A. (2016) Visual recognition of individual conspecific males by female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Animal Behaviour, 120:21-30.
  4. Barkan S, Roll, U, Yom-Tov Y, Wassenaar L, Barnea A. (2016) Possible linkage between neuronal recruitment and relocation distance in migratory birds. Scientific Reports, 6:21983; DOI: 10.1038/srep21983.
  5. Vistoropsky-Katz Y, Heiblum R, Smorodinsky NI, and Barnea A. (2016) Active immunization against Vasoactive Intestianl Peptide (VIP) decreases neuronal recruitment and inhibits reproduction in zebra finches. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524:2516-2528.  
  6. Hacohen Kleiman, G., Barnea, A., Gozes, I. (2015) ADNP: a major autism mutated gene is differentially distributed (age and gender) in the songbird brain. Peptides, 72: 75-79.
    An invited paper for a special issue in Abba Kastin's honor for his standing in the field and commitment to the journal over the past 35 years.
  7. Aloni, E., Shapira, M., Eldar Finkelman, H., Barnea, A. (2015) GSK-3ß inhibition affects singing behavior and neurogenesis in adult songbirds. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 85: 233-244.  
  8. Cattan, A. Ayali, A., Barnea A. (2015) The cell birth marker BrdU does not affect recruitment of subsequent cell divisions in the adult avian brain. Biomed Research International. Volume 2015, Article ID 126078, 11 pages.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/126078.
  9. Barkan, S. Yom-Tov Y. Barnea, A. (2014) A possible relation between new neuronal recruitment and migratory behavior among Acrocephalus warblers. Developmental Neurobiology, 74: 1194–1209.  
  10. Paker, Y., Yom-Tov, Y.,  Alon-Mozes, T.,  Barnea, A. (2014) The effect of plant richness and urban garden structure on bird species richness, diversity and community structure. Landscape and Urban Planning, 122: 186-195.
  11. Mersten-Katz, C Barnea, AYom-Tov, Y., Ar, A. (2012) The woodpecker's cavity microenvironment: Advantageous or restricting? Avian Biology Research, 5(4):227-237.
  12. Barnea, A., Pravosudov, V. (2011) Birds as a model to study adult neurogenesis: Bridging evolutionary, comparative and neuroethological approaches. European Journal of Neuroscience. 34:884-907.
    An invited review for a special issue: Towards a Comparative Understanding of Adult Neurogenesis.
  13. Tsaadon Alon, L.,  Pietrokovski, S., Barkan, S.,  Avrahami, L., Kaidanovich-Beilin, O., Woodgett, J.R., Barnea, A., Eldar-Finkelman, H. (2011) Selective loss of glycogen synthase kinase-3a in birds reveals distinct roles for GSK-3 isozymes in tau phosphorylation. FEBS Letters. 585:1158–1162.
  14. Barnea, A. (2010) Wild neurogenesis. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 75:86-87.
    An invited review.
  15. Hornfeld, SH. Terkel, J. Barnea, A. (2010) Neurons recruited in the nidopallium caudale, following changes in social environment, derive from the same original population. Behavioural Brain Research. 208:643-645.
  16. Barnea, A. (2009) Interactions between environmental changes and brain plasticity in birds. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 163: 128-134.
    An invited review.
  17. Levin, E. Yom-Tov, Y., Barnea, A. (2009) Prolonged nuptial flights of ants provide a primary food source for bats. Naturwissenschaften. 96(4): 421-549.
  18. Levin E., Yom-Tov Y., Barnea A. and Huchon D. ( 2008 ) Genetic diversity and phylogeography of the greater mouse-tailed bat (Rhinopoma microphyllum) in the Levant. Acta Chiropterologica, 10(2): 207–212.
  19. Adar E., Nottebohm F., Barnea A. (2008) The relation between nature of social change, age and position of new neurons, and their survival in adult zebra finch brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(20):5394 –5400.
    Reviewed in "Editors' Choice" in Science (2008, vol. 320, P. 1134)
  20. Adar E., Lotem A. & Barnea A. (2008) The effect of social environment on singing behavior in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) and its implication for neuronal recruitment. Behavioural Brain Research, 187:178-184.
  21. Barkan S., Ayali A., Nottebohm F. & Barnea A. (2007) Neuronal recruitment in adult zebra finch brain during a reproductive cycle. Developmental Neurobiology (Formerly: Journal of Neurobiology), 67(6):687-701.
  22. Levin, E., Barnea, A., Yovel, Y. & Yom-Tov, Y. (2006) Have introduced species initiated piscivory among the long-fingered bat? Mammalian Biology, 71(3):139-143.
  23. Barnea, A., Mishal, A. & Nottebohm, F. (2006) Social and spatial changes induce multiple survival regimes for new neurons in two regions of the adult brain: an anatomical representation of time? Behavioural Brain Research, 16(1):63-74.
  24. Ar, A., Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. & Mersten-Katz, C. (2004) Woodpecker cavity aeration: A predictive model. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology. 144:237-249.
  25. Barnea, A. & Pannell, C.M. (2004) Male Blackbird defending Holly fruits. British Birds, 97(2):100-101.
  26. Barnea, A. & Rothschild, M. (2002) The odour of pyrazine increases the egg mass of domsetic chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus). Journal of Zoology, 257(3):411-416.
  27. Lipkind, D., Nottebohm, F., Rado, R. & Barnea, A. (2002) Social change affects the survival of new neurons in the forebrain of adult songbirds. Behavioural Brain Research, 133(1):31-43.
  28. Katz, A., Gvaryahu, G., Robinson, B., Snapir, N. & Barnea, A. (1999) The effect of pyrazine odor on body mass and various organs in embryos and chicks (Gallus gallus domesticus). Poultry Science, 78:1786-1789.
  29. Party, E., Barnea, A., Linnis, I., Gershy, E.L. (1997) Elimination of tritiated            thymidine from birds. Health Physics, 72(4): 633-635.
  30. Barnea, A., Nottebohm, F. (1996) Recruitment and replacement of hippocampal neurons in young and adult chickadees: an addition to the theory of hippocampal learning. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA, 93:714-718.
  31. Barnea, A., Nottebohm, F. (1995) Patterns of food-storing by black-capped chickadees suggest a mnemonic hypothesis. Animal Behaviour, 490:1161-1176.
  32. Barnea, A., Nottebohm, F. (1994) Seasonal recruitment of Hippocampal neurons in adult free-ranging black-capped chickadees. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A, 91(23):11217-11221.
  33. Barnea, A., Harborne, J. B. & Pannell, C.M. (1993) What parts of fleshy-fruits contain secondary compounds toxic to birds and why? Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 214(4):421-429.
  34. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. & Friedman, J. (1992) Effect of frugivorous birds on seed dispersal and germination of multi-seeded fruits. Acta OEcologia, 13(2):209-219.
  35. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. & Friedman, J. (1991) Does ingestion by birds affect seed germination? Functional Ecology, 5:394-402.
  36. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. & Friedman, J. (1990) Differential germination of two closely related species of Solanum in response to bird ingestion. Oikos, 57:222-228.
  37. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. (1985) Syrian woodpecker attack Israeli irrigation pipes. Water and Irrigation Review, 3:4-5.
  38. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. (1984) A method to deter Syrian woodpecker from drilling holes in irrigation pipes. Crop Protection, 3:35-39.

Under revision:

Barkan S, Yom-Tov Y, & Barnea A. Possible relationship between brain plasticity, migratory lifestyle, and social structure in birds. Frontiers of Neuroscience, Section Neurogenesis.

Chapters in Refereed Books:

Barnea, A., Gvaryahu, G., Rothschild, M. (2004) The effect of the odour of pyrazine and colours on recall of past events and learning in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus domesticus). In: Insects and Birds (Editors: Van Emden, Helmut F. and Rothschild, M.). Intercept Ltd. Chapter 14, pp: 205-216.
Rothschild, M. & Barnea, A. (2004) A note on the odour of amyl acetate in the role of an alerting signal. In: Insect and Bird Interactions (Editors: Van Emden, Helmut F. and Rothschild, M.). Intercept Ltd. Chapter 15, pp: 217-222.

Other publications:

Labin, T., Avisar, A., Brand-Klibanski, S., Barnea, A., Gozani, G., Goldin, A., Gluschnaider, U., Cohen, Y., Levin, N., Leader, N., Nissenbaum, I., Savitsky, B., Stambler, N., Ponchek, T., Tsemah Shamir, S., Kronfeld–Schor, N., Rinot, O., Brokovich, E.. (2017). Light pollution and its mitigation - Scientific background, current status and possible action plans. Experts’ opinon, The Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. pp 74

Lifshitz, S., Leshem, Y., Barnea, A. & Rosebboim, M. (Oct-2015). The "Counting wild birds in backyards in collaboration with the public' initiative as an educational means for the preservation of biological diversity. Animals and Society. (In Hebrew).
Barnea, A. (1989). On the biology of the Syrian woodpecker. Teva VaAretz, 31:12-18. (In Hebrew).
Barnea, A. (1985) The Syrian woodpecker. Tzufit, 3:9-41. (In Hebrew).
Barnea, A. & Yom-Tov, Y. (1984). A method to protect polyethylene irrigation pipes for the Syrian woodpecker. HaSade, Vol. 64:1590-1593. (In Hebrew).

Publications in the media:

The birds – social environment and brain condition. (Nov-2011). Galileo. (In Hebrew).  article about our research.
The bat and the fisherman. (May- 2006). National Geographic (In Hebrew).
Smelling danger: chicks and memory. Feb-2004. National Geographic. (In Hebrew).
The brainy bunch. 2002. New Scientist, 23rd February issue, p. 19.
Not good to be alone. 2002. (Aug-28) Yediot Acharonot (In Hebrew).
Bad smell, good eggs. 2000. New Scientist, 1st July issue, p. 13.
The smell that enhances larger eggs. 2000. World Poultry, Vol, 16(10):42-43.
New farmyard smell promises bigger eggs. 2000. Times, London.
Bird's brain. 2000. National Geographic. Sep. issue. (In Hebrew).
Do birds renew their brains each year? (June-1995) National Geographic. In English and in Japanese.
A new brain each season. 1994. (Dec-18) Ma'ariv (In Hebrew).
Tete de linotte sauf en hiver. 1994. (6-Dec) Liberation.
To remember seed caches, chickadee grows brain cells. 1994. (Nov-15) The New York Times.

 

 

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Offices in Academic Administration at The Open University

2015 – present Member, Appointments and promotion committee for lecturers and senior lecturers.
2015 Chair, professional committee for promotion of a faculty member.
2014

Chair, Search Committee for recruiting a new faculty member as the head of the M.Sc program "Biological Thought".

2014

Member, Search Committee for recruiting a new faculty member in Life Sciences

2014 – present Committee for absorption of outstanding faculty.
2014 – present

Head of the Life Sciences group.

2012 – 2013

Chair, Ethics committee.

2011 – 2012

Chair, Search Committee for recruiting a new faculty member in Life Sciences.

2009 – 2013

Dean of Research.

2010 Member, Search Committee for recruiting a new faculty member in Mathematics.
2009 – 2013 Dean of Research.
2010

Member, Search Committee for recruiting a new faculty member in Mathematics.

2008 Head, steering committee for Self-Evaluation report in Life-Sciences, submitted to the Council of Higher Education in Israel.
2008 – present Member, The Senate.
2007 – 2010 Member, committee of Accreditation of Prior Studies.
2006 – 2012 Member, Ethics committee
2004 – 2011 Head of Life Sciences group.
2001 – 2006 Chair, Natural Sciences Academic Subcommittee.
2000 – 2002 Head of Life Sciences group.
1995 – present Member, Natural Sciences Academic Subcommittee.
1995 – present Member, Faculty Council.
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Scholarly Positions and Activities outside The Open University

Membership in committees and academic activities:

2016 – present Chair, The Zoology Society of Israel
2016 Member, panel of The National Science Foundation (NSF) for reviewing grant proposals (Washington D.C., USA).
2016 Guest Editor of a special issue in Brain, Behavior and Evolution. Topic: "The Hippocampus: questions of homology". (with Tom Smulders, Newcastle University, UK.)
2014 – present Member, committee of Accreditation of B.Sc programs in Life Sciences, the Council of Higher Education, Israel.
2012 – 2015

Member in the management committee of the COST action of The European Community - Loss of the Night Network (LoNNe); In addition I was a co-group leader in this COST action.

2012

Member in a professional committee, Israel Science Foundation.

2006 – 2009 Board member, The Zoology Society of Israel.

Membership in PhD Thesis Committees, and reviewer of MSc and PhD Theses:

Reviewing articles for peer-reviewed journals (alphabetic order):

The Auk; Biologia; Brain Structure and Function; Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences; The Condor; Hippocampus; Hormones and Behavior; Journal of Environmental Quality; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences; Proceeding of the Royal Society; Scientific Reports.

Reviewing grant proposals:

German Israeli Foundation (GIF); Israel Science Foundation (ISF); National Institute for Psychobiology (NIPI); National Science Foundation (NSF).

Membership in Professional Societies:

Israeli Society for Neurobiology; Society of Neuroethology; Member of the J.B. Johnston Club, Society of Comparative Endocrinology; Israeli Zoological Society; International Society for Animal Behavior; Behaviour International Society.

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Participation in Scholarly Conferences

Participation:

2017 Invited chair and organizer of a session for the Zoological Society of Israel: at the ILANIT 2017 conference, Eilat Israel. Session title: Animal Communication or Parental challenges. (with Dr. Lee Koren, Bar-Ilan University).
2017

ILANIT conference, Eilat, Israel. Artificial light at night affects neurogenesis in the adult avian brain. Moaraf, S., Pismenyuk, T., Vistoropsky, Y., Barnea, A.

2016

Organizer of the 28th Karger workshop in evolutionary neuroscience, San Diego, USA. Co-organizer with Tom Smulders, Newcastle University, UK. "The Hippocampus: questions of homology".

2016 The 28th Karger workshop in evolutionary neuroscience, San Diego, USA. Relationships between brain plasticity, migratory behavior, and relocation distances in birds. Barnea, A.
2016 The 53th annual meeting of the Israeli Zoological Society, The Hebrew University, faculty of Agriculture. Chair of the scientific organizing committee.
2016

The Annual meeting of Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Anabosi, M., Hefetz, A. and Barnea, A. Patterns of new neuronal migration in the adult avian brain

2016 Invited speaker: The effect of hormones on stress and social behavior. Weizmann Institute. Forthcoming (July 2016). Barnea, A. Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP) positively affects neuronal recruitment and reproduction in birds.
2016 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Copenhagen, Denmark. Barnea, A. Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP) positively affects neuronal recruitment and reproduction in birds.
2015 Adult Neurogenesis: Evolution, Regulation and Function. Dresden, Germany. Barnea, A., Terkel, J. Gabali, A. Spatial distribution of new neurons in the hippocampus of adult avian species.
2015

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) annual meeting, Chicago, USA. Gozes I., Hacohen-Kleiman G., Yeheskel A., Barnea A. ADNP: a highly conserved neuroprotective protein, exhibit sexual dichotomous expression in human, mice and birds, implying an important role in migration and song system in birds.

2015 The 49th annual meeting of the Israel Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ISCLS), Israel. Hacohen-Kleiman G., Barnea A. and Gozes I. ADNP, a major autism mutated gene is differentially distributed (age and sex) in the songbird brain.
2014 The Annual meeting of Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Barnea A, Terkel J, Gabali E.. Spatial distribution of new neurons in the hippocampus of adult avian species.
2014 The Annual meeting of Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Hacohen Kleiman G., Barnea A., Gozes I. ADNP, a major autism mutated gene is differentially distributed (age and sex) in the songbird brain.
2014 The Israeli Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (ISEES). Back Yard Bird Count with Public Participation' as a mean for monitoring biodiversity in the city. Lipschitz S, Leshem Y, Rosenboim M, Barnea A.
2014

The Israeli Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (ISEES). Lipschitz S, Leshem Y, Barnea A, Rosenboim M. The educational impact of participation in the 'Back yard bird count with public participation' project.

2014

The Zoological Society of Israel, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.  Barkan, S., Yom-Tov, Y.  Barnea, A. Neuronal recruitment in brains of resident and migratory Collumbiformes species.

2013

International Behavior Conference, Newcastle, UK. Fleischman S, Terkel, Barnea A. Conspecific visual recognition in Zebra finch females.

2013

International Behavior Conference, Newcastle, UK. Barnea, A, Yom-Tov, Y, Barkan, S. Possible relation between migratory behavior and new neuronal recruitment in the adult avian brain.

2013

Invited speaker: Food Hoarding Workshop, Newcastle, UK. Barnea, A, Terkel, J. Gabali, A. Spatial distribution of new neurons in the hippocampus of adult avian species.

2012 The 21st Annual meeting of Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat. Aloni, E., Eldar-Finkelman, H., Bernea, A.  Zebra Finch - A novel natural GSK-3α knockout model to study the role of GSK-3b  in neural plasticity.
2012 The 49th meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.  Lipschitz, S.,  Leshem, Y., Rosenboim, M. Barnea, A. Educational and conservational aspects of the Backyard Bird Count Project. 
2012 The 10th International Conference for Neuroethology, Washington D.C., USA. Barkan, S., Yom-Tov, Y., Barnea, A. Recruitment of new neurons in avian brain and its possible relation to migratory and residential lifestyle.
2012 The 10th International Conference for Neuroethology, Washington D.C., USA. Barnea, A., Terkel, J., Hornfeld, S.H. First evidence that proliferation in the adult avian brain follows a diurnal cycle.
2009

The 18th Annual meeting of Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat,  Barnea, A., Heiblum, R., Rozenboim, I., Pnini, M. Possible relation between parent-offspring recognition, new neuronal recruitment, and prolactin, in breeding zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata).

2009 The 46th annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Brazil, Barnea, A., Lotem, A., Pnini, M. Offspring recognition in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata): behavioral and neurobiological aspects.
2008

The 12th International Behavioral Ecology congress, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. Barnea, A., Lotem, A., Adar, E. The effect of social environment on singing behavior in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) and its implication for neuronal recruitment.

2008

Invited speaker: The 9th International Society for Avian Endocrinology. Leuven, Belgium, Barnea, A. Interactions between environmental changes and brain plasticity in birds.

2007 The 44th meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel.  Adar, E., Lotem, A., Barnea, A. Relationships between social environment, neuronal age, and their survival in the adult avian brain.
2007 The 44th meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel.  Schori, A., Barnea, A., Ar, A. Ecophysiological aspects in breeding behavior of the Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri).
2006 The 43th meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel.  Pnini, M., Lotem, A. Heiblum, R. Barnea, A. Possible relationships between hormones, neuronal recruitment and parental care in birds.
2006

The 43th meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel. Levin, E., Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. Frequent summer nuptial flights of ants provide a primary
food source for bats.

2005

The 10th Birdsong Workshop, Rockefeller University, USA. Barkan, S., Ayali, A., Nottebohm, F. & Barnea, A. Neuronal recruitment in adult zebra finch brain during a reproductive cycle.

2004 The 13th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neurosciences, Eilat, Israel. Barkan, S., Ayali, A., Nottebohm, F. & Barnea, A. Neuronal recruitment in adult zebra finch brain during a reproductive cycle.
2003

Sixth IBRO world congress of neuroscience, Czech Republic. Barnea, A., Mishal, A., Rado, R. & Nottebohm, F. Social change affects the turnover of new neurons in the forebrain of adult songbirds.

2003 The 29th Gottingen Neurobiology Conference, Germany. Barkan, S., Ayali, A., Nottebohm, F. & Barnea, A. Neuronal recruitment in adult zebra finch brain during a reproductive cycle.
2002

The 38th meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel. Barnea A. Social environment affects new neuronal survival in the adult avian brain.

2001 The 6th International Congress of Neuroethology, Bonn, Germany. Lipkind, D., Nottebohm, F., Rado, R., Barnea, A. Social change affects the survival of new neurons in the forebrain of adult songbirds.
2000

New Frontiers in Science, The Royal Society, London. Rothschild, M., and Branea, A. Chickens lay larger eggs when exposed to the odour of pyrazine.

1999 The 8th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neurosciences, Eilat, Israel. Lipkind  D., Nottebohm, F., Rado R. and Barnea A. Effect of social environment on neuronal recruitment in the adult avian brain.
1998

Animal Behavior Society meeting, Illinois, USA. Barnea, A., Gvaryahu, G. and Rothschild, M. The effect of the odor of pyrazine and colors on learning and recall in chicks.

1997 The 6th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neurosciences, Eilat, Israel. Lipkind D., Rado R., Barnea A. and Nottebohm, F. Effect of social environment on neuronal recruitment in the adult avian brain.
1997 The Royal Entomological Society, University of Reading, UK. Barnea, A. and Rothschild, M. Aromatic pyrazine, an alerting signal found in certain plants and insects, improves recall in birds.
1996 The 6th International meeting of Behavioral Ecology, Canberra, Australia. Barnea, A. and Nottebohm, F. Patterns of food-storing by black-capped chickadees suggest a mnemonic hypothesis.
1995 Invited speaker: The 1st Meeting of F.I.S.E.B (Federation of the Israeli Societies of Experimental Biology), Eilat, Israel. Barnea, A. and Nottebohm, F. Seasonal recruitment of hippocampal neurons in adult free-ranging black-capped chickadees.
1993

The 23rd annual meeting, Society of Neuroscience, Washington, D.C. USA.  Barnea, A., Nottebohm, F. Seasonal patterns of nuerogenesis in the hippocampus of adult food caching birds and their possible relation to spatial learning.

1992

The 4th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, Princeton University, USA. Barnea, A., White, F. and Pannell, C. Blackbirds, redwings and starlings: Their interactions with three fleshy-fruited trees in England.

1990

The Annual Meeting of the Society of Experimental Biology, University of Warwick, UK. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. and Friedman, J. The impact of frugivorous birds on seed dispersal and germination of multi-seeded berries.

1989 Invited speaker: The 4th Conference of Environmental Quality and Ecosystem Stability, Jerusalem. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. and Friedman, J. Germination enhancement due to reduction of density of seeds in response to bird ingestion.
1988

The 25th meeting of the Zoological Society in Israel. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. and Friedman, J.  The impact of frugivorous birds on seed dispersal and germination of multi-seeded berries: Mullberry (morus nigra) and Nightshade (Solanum luteum).

1987

The 24th meeting of the Zoological Society in Israel. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. and Friedman, J. The influence of birds' ingestion on seed germination in some common Mediterranean fleshy fruited perennials.

1986 The 23rd meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel. Barnea, A., Yom-Tov, Y. and Friedman, J. Differential germination of two species of Solanum in response to ingestion by birds.

Organization of meetings or sessions:

2016 Organizer of the 28th Karger workshop in evolutionary neuroscience, to be held in Nov-2016 in San Diego, USA. Co-organizer with Tom Smulders, Newcastle University, UK. "The Hippocampus: questions of homology".
2014 First International Conference on Artificial Light at Night (ALAN), Berlin, Germany. Session Chair, "Ecology"
2013 International Behavior Conference, Newcastle, UK. Session chair.
2008 The 45th annual meeting of the Israeli Zoological Society, Ruppin College. Member of the scientific organizing committee.
2007 The 44th annual meeting of the Israeli Zoological Society, Achva College. Member of the scientific organizing committee.
2006 The 43rd annual meeting of the Israeli Zoological Society, The Open University. Chair of the scientific organizing committee

Invited Lectures

2015 The Hebrew University, Faculty of Medicine. Spatial distribution of new neurons in the hippocampus of adult avian species.
2014 Freie Universitat, Dept. of Animal Behaviour, Berlin. Spatial distribution of new neurons in the hippocampus of adult avian species.
2014 Hunter College, NY, USA. Possible relations between migratory behavior and new neuronal recruitment in the adult avian brain.
2013 Hebrew University, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Migratory behavior and brain plasticity in the avian brain.
2012 Weizmann Institute, Dept. of Neurobiology. Bird’s Brain? Possible relations between behavior and brain plasticity
2012 Hebrew University, Faculty of agriculture. Neuronal recruitment and reproduction behavior in birds.
2011 Tel-Aviv University, Dept. of Biochemistry. Neuronal recruitment and brain plasticity in birds
2010 Tel-Aviv University, Dept. of Zoology. Interactions between environmental changes and brain plasticity in birds
2009 Haifa University. Parent-offspring recognition and brain plasticity in birds.
2009 Tel-Aviv University, Dept. of Neurobiology. Brain plasticity in the avian brain.
2009 Weizmann Institute, Dept. of Neurobiology. Interactions between environmental changes and brain plasticity in birds
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Research Grants

2010-2014 P.I. Effects of environmental and hormonal conditions on brain plasticity in adult birds. The Israel Science Foundation. Average of 58,000$ per year.  
2014 P.I. Breeding biology of great tits in urban and natural habitats – a comparative research. Ramat Hanadiv Fund. 6,000 NIS.
2008- 2010 P.I. Does plant species diversity affect avian species diversity and abundance in urban open areas? The Research Authority, The Open University of Israel. 10,000 NIS.
2006 - 2009 P.I. Neurobiological aspects of migratory behavior in birds: a neuroethological study, comparing migrant and resident species in Israel. The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel. 45,000$ per year.
2004 - 2006 P.I. Does social complexity affect survival of new neurons in the forebrain of adult songbirds? The Research Authority, The Open University of Israel. 10,000$ per year.
2004 - 2007P.I. Effect of social change on neuronal recruitment, survival, and replacement in the adult brain. The Israel Science Foundation. Average of 47,000$ per year.
2003 P.I. Honey bees colony defense: from behavior to molecules. Research Authority, The Open University of Israel. 7,670$
2000 - 2002 P.I. Experience-dependent recruitment of new neurons in the forebrain of adult songbirds. The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel. 12,000$ per year.
1998 - 2000 P.I. The effect of social environment on neuronal recruitment in the adult brain. Research grant from The Research Authority, The Open University of Israel. 25,000$ per year.
1998 Co-P.I. with R. Rado, Tel-Aviv University. Do learning and memory of social environment affect neurogenesis in adult avian brain? Adams Super-Center for Brain Studies, Tel-Aviv University. 6,000$.
1997Co-P.I. with R. Rado, Tel-Aviv University. Do learning and memory of social environment and spatial complexity affect neurogenesis in adult avian brain? The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel. A pilot study, 6,000$.
1995 - 1998P.I. The biological role of alerting odors in natural communication systems and their possible applied significance. Ministry of Science, The Israeli Government.
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Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

1995 - 1998 Alon Fellowship, Council for Higher Education in Israel.
1991 – 1994 Postdoctoral Scholarship, The Rockefeller University, USA.
1989-1990 Postdoctoral Scholarship (S&T), Commission of European Communities. (For post-doc at Oxford University).
1989-1990 Postdoctoral Fellowship, AVI Fellowships. (For post-doc at Oxford University).
1989 Postdoctoral Scholarship, B'nai B'rith Organization. (For post-doc at Oxford University).
1988 Travel grant of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Ministry of Education, Spain, for a visit and giving a seminar in the Estacion Biologica deDonana, Sevilla.
1987 The prize of the Dean of the Faculty of Life Science for excellent PhD students.
1986 The prize of the Israeli Zoological Society for the best PhD lecture.
1986 Research grant. The Ecological Foundation of the Universities in Israel.
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Teaching

Teaching Responsibility for Open University Courses:

2015 Critical reading of scientific papers and research planning. Intermediate course. Instructor, with Dr. Y. Ben-Chaim, The Open University.
2004 – present Research project. Advanced course. Coordinator.
2014 - present Selected topics in Neurobiology. Advanced seminar. Instructor, With Dr. Y. Ben-Haim, The Open University.
2005 – present Field Laboratory in Biology: Social Behavior of the Arabian Warbler. Advanced course. Academic Supervisor.
2002 – present Symbiosis. Advanced seminar. Academic Supervisor.
2001 – present Ecology. Intermediate course. Academic Supervisor.
2000 – present Selected Topics in Animal Behavior. Intermediate course. Academic Supervisor.
1994 – present The Vertebrates. Intermediate course. Academic Supervisor.
1994 – present Biology of Terrestrial Vertebrates – an Israeli approach. Intermediate course. Academic Supervisor.
1994 – present The Insects. Intermediate course. Academic Supervisor.

Development of new programs and courses:

2014 B.Sc in Life Sciences with a focus on pre-med requirements. With other faculty members.
2013 Critical reading of scientific papers and research planning. Intermediate course. With other faculty members.
2014 Selected topics in Neurobiology. Advanced seminar. With Dr. Y. Ben-Haim.
2004 Research Project. Advanced course.
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Supervision

Ph.D. Students:

In progress Gal Hacohen-Kleiman. Activity dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) effects on vocal and social abilities in mammals and songbirds. Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. I. Gozes.
In progress Mai Anabusi. Effect of social environment on new neuronal migration in the adult avian brain. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. A. Hefetz.
In progress Shay Hornfeld. Environmental effect on neurogenesis and new neuronal recruitment in the adult avian brain. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Y. Terkel.
2012 Shay Barkan. A comparative study between migrant and resident birds species: Neurobiological, hormonal, and behavioral aspects. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Y. Yom-Tov.

M.Sc. Students:

2015 Maayan Ravich. General biology of Great tit (Parus major) and Blackbird (Turdus merula) in urban and rural landscape. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Y. Yom-Tov,
2015 Gal Hacohen-Kleiman. ADNP distribution in the songbird brain and the effect of SKIP treatment on ADNP heterozygous female mice. Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. I. Gozes,
2014 Shlomit Lipschitz. 'Back Yard Bird Count with Public Participation' Project, as an Educational and Monitoring Tool for Maintaining Biodiversity in the City. Porter School of environmental studies, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Leshem, Y. and Dr. Rosenboim, M,
2014 Esra Gabaly. Spatial distribution of new neurons in the hippocampus of avian species. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Y. Terkel,
2013 Shirly Flieshman. Visual individual conspecific recognition in female Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Y. Terkel.
2013 Etay Aloni. Zebra Finch - A Novel Natural GSK-3? Knockout Model to Study the Role of GSK-3? in adult Neurogenesis. Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. H. Eldar-Finkelman,
2011 Anat Cattan. Does the use of a cell-division marker (BrdU) interfere with future divisions of the same cells in the brain of an adult songbird? Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. A. Ayali,
2011 Oleg Spivak. The effect of prolactin on neuronal recruitment in the adult avian brain. Dept. of Neurobiology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Dr. Y. Gothilf.
2010 Yair Paker. The effect of plant richness and urban garden structure on bird species richness, diversity and community structure. Porter school of environmental studies, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Y. Yom-Tov and Dr. Tal Moses-Alaon.
2008 Anat Schori. Ecophysiological aspects in nesting of Rose ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) in Israel. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. A. Ar.
2008 Meital Yogev. Parent-offspring recognition in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata): Behavioral, hormonal, and neurobiological aspects. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. A. Lotem,
2006 Einat Shavit. Effect of social environment on neuronal turnover and singing behavior of adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. A. Lotem,
2006 Uri Moran. Do consecutive social changes affect new neuronal recruitment in the brain of adult zebra finch (Taeniopygia gutatta)? Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Dr. A. Ayali.
2005 Eran Levin. Aspects in the biology and diet of some insectivores bats (Microchiroptera) in northern Israel. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Y. Yom-Tov.
2004 Shay Barkan. Neuronal recruitment in adult zebra finch brain during a reproductive cycle. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Dr. A. Ayali.
2002 Adina Mishal. The effects of social and spatial changes on survival regimes of new neurons in the adult avian brain. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Z. Volberg & Dr. R. Rado.
2000 Dina Lipkind. The effect of social change on the survival of new neurons in the adult avian brain. Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. Co-supervision with Prof. Z. Volberg & Dr. R. Rado.
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Other professional activities

2007 Course in Confocal Microscopy and Stereology. Chicago University, USA.
1991 Sound recording workshop. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca NY, USA.
1987 - 1988 Scientific writer of the zoological and botanical sections of a children's encyclopedia, Yavne Publishing House, Israel.
1973 - 1979 Tourist guide in Israel and Sinai.
1973 Tourist Guide Diploma, Ministry of Tourism.
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