Elli Groner, Ph.D
Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, Israel
Dr. Groner completed his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Environmental Biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then went on to complete a Ph.D. in Ecology at Leeds University in the United Kingdom. Elli specializes in desert biodiversity and ecosystem services. His research involves comparing arid and hyper-arid ecosystems in their structure, function and services. Elli investigates food-webs and the integrity of ecosystems and how they are self-organized differently in arid and hyper-arid ecosystems. He specializes in desert arthropods and his favorite creatures are darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae). He recently found a new species to science of weevil that was named Brachycerus groneri. Elli runs research in 2 Long Term Ecological Research sites (Wadi Shita and Ramon) and one LTSER (Socio-Ecology) in the Arava. Recently Elli started a research on climate change impact on the ecology of arid environments.