Guy Pe'er

Guy Pe'er, PhD

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Dept. Conservation Biology

Contact address:
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel: +49-341-2351643
Fax: +49-341-235451270
guy.peer@ufz.de

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Research interests

=> Developing tools for nature conservation in light of land-use changes and climate changes, and ensuring their implementation on-the-ground

=> Identifying factors that determine population dynamics and biodiversity patterns in fragmented, heterogeneous and human-dominated landscapes

=> Linking different ecological levels: animal behavior, the dynamics of populations and metapopulations, community structures and biodiversity patterns in fragmented landscapes

=> Animal-landscape interactions: how the decisions taken by animals in response to landscape cues affect movement patterns, functional connectivity, and the sensitivity of species to habitat loss and fragmentation

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Research Approach

In my research, I try to link different ecological levels: animal behaviour, population (and metapopulation) dynamics, community structures and biodiversity patterns. I continuously combine simulation models with field experiments, to obtain a better understanding of nature but first and foremost for deriving practical tools for conservation. While butterflies serve as a major focal group in my empirical work, my models address a variety of taxa including mammalian predators (e.g. Lynx), plants, and currently birds.

My work involves both theoretic and applied research, as well as monitoring and active participation in science-policy interfaces in an attempt to disseminate scientific knowledge into policy and management.

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Ongoing and completed research projects

See English website

Main responsibilities within the project:
- assessing connectivity across spatial scales
- revieweing Population Viability analyses (PVAs)
- developing methodologies for upscaling and downscaling

Since 2008:
The monitoring scheme for butterflies in Israel: leading the program together with Racheli Schwartz-Tzachor and Dubi Benyamini.

2007 - 2009:
Developing an individual-based model to analyse functional connectivity for birds of the Atlantic forest in Brazil, within the Mata Atlantica (BioCAPSP) project.

2006 - 2007:
The life history, ecology and conservation of the critically endangered butterfly Apharitis cilissa (Lycaenidae) in Israel

2005 - 2007:
A campaign for the legal protection and conservation of butterflies in Israel

2005 - 2006:
Linking behavior and biodiversity for butterflies in agricultural landscapes; a study across the climatic gradient in Israel

2005:
Participating in a study of biodiversity patterns along altitudinal gradients in Mt. Hermon (an M.Sc. study of Oded Levanoni in collaboration with Dr. Salit Kark)

2004 - 2005:
The ecology of the endangered butterfly Tomares nesimachus (Lycaenidae) in Israel

2004:
The relevance of metapopulation theory for plants with seed dormancy

2004:
Testing the potential impacts of the perceptual range of animals on a connectivity model, using the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in Germany as a case study

2000:
Participating in writing Israel's first national report on Climate Change under the UNFCCC, writing the chapters "Impact, Vulnerability and Adaptation" (in cooperation with Prof. Uriel Safriel)

1999-2003:
Assessing the spatial and behavioral determinants of butterfly movement patterns in topographically complex landscapes (PhD study)

1998:
Effect of aquifer depletion on mortality of Acacia trees in the Arava valley, Israel – a computerized analysis of aerial photographs (B.Sc research project)

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Agricultural lands in Europe: not all is ugly and bad. Photograph: Guy Pe'er, 2009. All rights reserved