Sondra Turjeman

Ms. Sondra Turjeman
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

Research Interests

I am a PhD student in the Movement Ecology Lab. My main focus is the white stork, Ciconia ciconia, and my research centers around reproductive patterns in the species as reconstructed genetically and validated with ringing and GPS-tracking data. My goals are to check for genetic monogamy within the species and in the absence of monogamy, to examine ecological patterns of the behavior.
Additionally, I am working on a longitudinal study to determine how breeding success in previous years affects breeding success, mate choice, nest site fidelity, and monogamy.
I have also recently joined a project focusing on spread of disease by avian migrants. I am studying how shifts in microbiome composition (genomic study) of migratory and resident birds can be used as a proxy for interactions and subsequent disease spread during stopovers.
Aside from my genetic research, I manage stork research in the Golan Heights where three to five pairs of white storks breed annually. This observational work, ringing, and tagging is part of a broader study in collaboration with a team of German researchers as part of the Deutsche-Israel Program. 


  1. Recipient of the Baroness Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship for Female Doctoral Candidates (2016-2020)  
  2. Recipient of the Clore Israel Foundation Scholars Fellowship (2017-2020)                                                         
  3. Recipient of  the Katzir Travel Grant (2018)
  4. Conference of the Zoological Society of Israel:  1st Place Prize Recipient in Doctorate Presentation Competition (2017)
  5. Conference of the Zoological Society of Israel:  3rd Place Prize Recipient in Doctorate Presentation Competition (2015)
  6. Faculteva Poster Day – Faculty of Life Sciences, Hebrew University: Prize Recipient for Excellence in the School of Biology Poster Competition  (2018)   


Scientific Events I organized

  1. Coordinator of Statistic Modeling in R workshop, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (2018)
  2. Organizer of peer-taught statistics seminar, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (2015 - 2017)
  3. Student conference and symposium chair, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (2014)
  4. Individual within the group: Personality, behavior, and community (conference)
  5. Research practices: Understanding behavioral responses to human induced rapid environmental change (HIREC) (symposium) 


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