Prof. Jonathan[Yoni] Belmaker

School of Zoology
Faculty of Life Sciences
ביה"ס לזואולוגיה סגל אקדמי בכיר


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Research Interests

Our research interests are diverse and include community ecology, biogeography and macroecology, in the marine and terrestrial realms alike. We are specifically interested in understanding how patterns of biodiversity and the underlying processes vary across geographical and environmental gradients and across scales. We use a multi-directional approach that brings together experimental manipulations, large scale observations and computer modeling to examine these questions.


Currently the lab is involved in several lines of research:

  • Broad-Scale Diversity Patterns
  • Relative Species  Abundance and Community Assembly
  • The impact of fishing on Mediterranean fishesCauses and Consequences of Fish Invasion


Recent Publications

Parravicini V, Azzurro E,  Kulbicki M, Belmaker J.  Niche shifts can impair the ability to predict invasion risk in the marine realm: an illustration using Mediterranean fish invaders.  Ecology Letters, in press



Parravicini V, Vill?ger S, McClanahan TR, Arias-Gonz?lez JE, Bellwood, DR, Belmaker J , Chabanet P, Floeter SR, Friedlander AM, Guilhaumon, Vigliola L, Kulbicki M, Mouillot D. (2014) Global mismatch between species richness and vulnerability of reef fish assemblages. Ecology Letters, 17, 1101–1110


Wilman H, Belmaker J, Simpson J, de la Rosa C, Rivadeneira MM, Jetz W. (2014) EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals.  Ecology,  95, 2027  [Data paper]


van Rijn I, Givan O, Granot I, Vidan E, Pickholtz R, Frid O, , Belmaker J . (2014) Israeli trawl catch in the years 1976-2010 . Ecology and Environment, 5, 106-110  [in Hebrew]


 Darroch S, Amelinda E. Webb AE, Longrich N, Belmaker J.  (2014) Paleocene-Eocene evolution of beta-diversity among ungulate mammals in North America. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, 757-768


Belmaker J,  Parravicini V, Kulbicki  M. (2013) Ecological traits and environmental affinity explain Red Sea fish introduction into the Mediterranean.  Global Change Biology. 19, 1373-1382


Belmaker J, Jetz W (2013). Spatial scaling of functional structure in bird and mammal assemblages.  The American Naturalist. 18, 466-478


Keil P, Belmaker J,  Wilson A, Unit P, Jetz W. (2013) Downscaling of species distribution models: a hierarchical approach.  Methods In Ecology and Evolution. 4: 82-94  


Lessard, J-P, Belmaker J, Myers JA, Chase JM, Rahbek C (2012). Inferring local ecological processes amid source pool influences.  Trends In Ecology and Evolution 27:600-607


Belmaker J, Jetz W (2012). Regional pools and environmental controls of local vertebrate assemblages. The American Naturalist 179: 512-523


Belmaker J, Sekercioglu CH, Jetz, W (2012). Global patterns of specialization and coexistence in bird assemblages. Journal of Biogeography 39: 193–203


Belmaker J,  Jetz W (2011). Cross-scale variation in species richness-environment associations. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 20: 464–474


Belmaker J, Shashar N, Ziv Y (2011). The influence of connectivity on richness and temporal variation of reef fishes. Landscape Ecology 26:587–597


Belmaker J, Cooper N, Lee TM, Wilman H (2010). Specialization and the road to academic success. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 8:514-515


Belmaker J (2009). Species richness of resident and transient coral-dwelling fish responds differentially to regional diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography 18: 426-436.


Belmaker J, Brokovich E, China V, Golani D, Kiflawi M (2009). Estimating the magnitude of biological introductions: fish immigration rates into the Mediterranean. Ecology 90(4): 1134-1141.  


Belmaker J, Ziv Y, Shashar N (2009). Habitat patchiness and predation modify the distribution of a coral-dwelling damselfish. Marine Biology 156:447-454.  


Belmaker J, Shashar N, Ziv Y , Connolly SR (2008). Regional variation in the hierarchical partitioning of diversity in coral-dwelling fishes. Ecology 89: 2829-2480  


Tsurim I, Sapir N, Belmaker J, Shanni I, Pinshow B, Izhaki I, Wojciechowski MS, Karasov WH (2008).  Consequences of water availability on diet, food intake rate, body mass and fat accumulation of a migratory   songbird. Oecologia 156:21-30.


Belmaker J, Polak O, Shashar N, Ziv Y (2007) Geographical divergence in the relationship between Paragobiodon echinocephalus and its obligate coral host. Journal of Fish Biology 71:1555-1561.



Kiflawi M, Belmaker J, Brokovich E, Einbinder S, Holtzman R (2007) Species diversity can drive speciation: comment. Ecology 88(8): 2132-2135.


Belmaker J, Ben Moshe N, Ziv Y, Shashar N (2007) Determinants of the steep species-area relationship for coral reef fishes. Coral Reefs 26(1): 103-112.


Kiflawi M, Belmaker J, Brokovich E, Einbinder S, Holtzman R (2006) The determinants of species richness of a relatively young coral-reef ichthyofauna. Journal of Biogeography 33(7): 1289-1294.


Belmaker J , Shashar N, Ziv Y (2005) Effects of small-scale isolation and predation on fish diversity on experimental reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 289:273-283.


Abramsky Z, Rosenzweig ML, Belmaker J, Bar A (2004) The impact of long-term continuous risk of predation on two species of gerbils. Canadian Journal of Zoology 82:464-474.




Chapters in books

Belmaker J, Brokovich E, China V, Golani D, Kiflawi M (2009). Introduction rates of Lessepsian fishes in the Mediterranean. In: Golani D and Golani B (eds). Fish Invasions of the Mediterranean Sea – Change and Renewal. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia.



Other publications

Cooper N, Belmaker J (2010). Habitat data resolution and the detection of species interactions. Frontiers of Biogeography 2 (2): 46. (short opinion).

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