Collections

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The National Natural History Collections

University

Identification
Original name(s)

  • אוספי הטבע הלאומיים - האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים (he - Hebrew)
Institution Address

The National Natural History Collections, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Berman Building, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram
9190401  Jerusalem
IL - Israel
nnhc@mail.huji.ac.il

Type of organisation

Institution Address

The National Natural History Collections, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Berman Building, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram
9190401 Jerusalem
IL - Israel
nnhc@mail.huji.ac.il

University (Public)

Director Representative

Prof.Gila Kahila Bar-Gal

Contact

+972-8-9489888
gila.kahila@mail.huji.ac.il

Structure Chart

Governing & Executive bodies

The National Natural History Collections are a unit in the Hebrew University. The academic curators are tenured or tenure track and related to an academic department.

Staff fields

scientific staff associated: 12.0.scientific staff permanent: 10.0.scientific staff post doc non permanent: 15.0.staff administrative permanent: 4.0.staff collection managers technicians permanent: 6.0;staff year of reference: 2019

Membership fields

Full member

General Description

  • Systematics and evolution
  • Conservation genetics
  • Palaeontology along the hominin dispersal route

Research Fields

  • Systematics and evolution of Cruciferae
  • Floristics of Israel and Jordan
  • Arachnid systematics and taxonomy, comparative morphology, phylogeny; Myriapoda, Chilopoda, Diplopoda, Arachnida, Araneae, Scorpiones, Pseudoscorpiones, Opiliones, Solifugae, Acari, Amblypygi, Palpigradi
  • Mollusc of Israel and neighbouring areas.
  • Reptiles and amphibians of Israel and neighbouring areas.
  • Fish of Israel and neighbouring areas
  • Vertebrate palaeontology of Mio-Holocene of the southern Levant
  • Conservation genetics of endangered species

Research Initiative

On-line outreach activitie : : [['No']]
other outreach activitie : : ['Educational activities \nSupervising high school biology student thesis The Wildlife Cryobank was involved in supervising high school biology student thesis. Two theses were on genetic characterization of genes associated to performance among goats. The third thesis started the establishment of an Israeli Avian genetic database.\nGuided tours \nGuided tours for teachers and teaching trainees, from various institutions; for nature guides (from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel); for school children from various institutions and age groups (elementary, middle and high school); for groups of children and youth from extracurricular framework (for instance, from the Jerusalem Bird Observatory (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel).']
Non academic trainings : : ['We were part of a High School Biology studies program led by Prof. Jeff Camhi.']
Academic trainings : : []
General description : : ["Public Education and Citizen-Science project:\n\n2014-present Thursday Sorting, HUJ, Israel (monthly activities at the National Arachnid Collection and other collections of the NNHC, open to the public; 15-80 participants per event).\nTraining of INPA (Israel Nature & Parks Authority) rangers and staffers in identification of reptiles & amphibians (planned project, work in progress). \n \nTraining of SPNI (Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel) guides and workers in identification of reptiles & amphibians (planned project, work in progress).\n\nCourses that use the collections (http://shnaton.huji.ac.il/yearbook.php):\n\n \nThe Zoogeography of Vertebrates in Israel (Prof. Gila Kahila Bar-Gal). Students participating in the courses listed below visited the collections for a full day (over 6 hours) of lectures and scientific explanation during the visit to each collection.\nNew Technologies in research and conservation of cultural heritage in Israel (Prof. Gila Kahila Bar-Gal).\nPlant and animal domestication (Prof. Gila Kahila Bar-Gal). \nGenomic diversity and ancient DNA in populations evolution (Prof. Gila Kahila Bar-Gal). \nVegetation and Flora of Israel (HUJI) – Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir.\nVegetation Ecology and Ornithology of Israel (Tübingen University, Germany) - Prof. Katja Tielbörger.\nPhytogeography and Ecology of Vegetation in Israel (HUJI) – Prof. Jaime Kigel.\nAn Introduction to Organismic Biology (Prof. A. Chipman). A first year undergraduate course for Biology students. The course includes a lab section which makes extensive use of the invertebrate teaching collection.\nEvolution of the Animal Kingdom (Prof. A. Chipman). An advanced graduate level course (open to final year undergraduates). The students in the course study fossils from the paleontological collection (both teaching collections and research collections) and prepare written projects on them.\nIntroduction to Paleontology (Prof. R. Rabinovich), an undergraduate course to Geology students. The course includes lab sections which makes extensive use of the invertebrate and vertebrate teaching collection.\nIntroduction to Archaeozoology (Prof. R. Rabinovich), an undergraduate course to Archaeology students. The course includes lab sections which makes extensive use of the invertebrate and vertebrate teaching collection.\nMicroscopic taphonomy (Prof. R. Rabinovich) and undergraduate and graduate advanced course for Archaeology students. The course includes lab sections which makes extensive use of the taphonomy comparative collections.\nOngoing guided tours to the collections as part of university courses such as: ATGAR class (HUJI), Introduction to Paleontology (Ben-Gurion University), ESHMOR course (Ben-Gurion University)\n\nCourses using the Arachnid Collection\n\n2012, Spiders of Israel: Taxonomy and functional morphology, HUJ, Israel (5 days ITI supported course; Instructor: Dr. Robert Raven, Queensland Museum, Australia) (coorganizer Dr. Efrat Gavish-Regev, Dr. Ariel Chipman, HUJ; Prof. Yael Lubin, BGU). \n2013, Systematics and Diversity of Scorpions, with Introduction to the Israeli Fauna,\n2017, Israel Taxonomy Initiative (ITI) Course, Harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones) of Israel: Taxonomy, morphology, and biogeography Instructor: Taxonomy, morphology, and biogeography, HUJ, Israel (5 days; Instructor: Prof. Prashant P. Sharma, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, USA) (co-organizer Dr. Efrat Gavish-Regev, Prof. Ariel Chipman, HUJ; Prof. Yael Lubin, BGU).\n\nScientific Meetings\n\nThe Entomological Society of Israel http://www.entomology.org.il/en_about annual meeting in October 27th 2016.\nYearly collection's one day meeting http://nnhc.huji.ac.il/?p=1376\n\nGuided tours to the collections for participants of international meetings, for example reappraisal of Hominin Group Size in the Lower Paleolithic –Israel Institute for Advanced Studies Conference (International) (2017)"]

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