Prof. Joseph Terkel

מחלקה לזואולוגיה אמריטוס
Prof. Joseph Terkel
Phone: 03-6406842
Another phone: 03-6409805
Fax: 03-6409805
Office: Sherman - Life Sciences

תחומי מחקר

Joseph (Yossi) Terkel is studying the reciprocal relationship between humans and other animals.  He publishes the interdisciplinary journal Animals and Society (the only such journal in the field in Hebrew), dealing with a wide variety of aspects pertaining to this relationship.  He is also engaged with examining the applicability of various animals for the performance of security-related tasks. 

 

Specific research interests are:

  • Animal behavior: studies in communication and navigation in subterranean rodents; cultural transmission of acquired behavior.
  • Neuroendocrinology: hormonal control of maternal behavior
  • Human-Animal interaction in education and therapy

 

Recent Publications

Shanas, U. and Terkel, J. 1996. Grooming secretions and seasonal adaptations in the blind mole rat (Spalax ehrenbergi). Physiol. Behav. 60: 653-656.
 

Gazit, I., Shanas, U. and Terkel, J. 1996. First successful breeding of the blind mole rat (Spalax ehrenbergi) in captivity. Isr. J. Zool. 42: 3-13.
 

Zuri, I. and Terkel, J. 1996. Locomotor patterns, territory and tunnel utilization in the mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi. J. Zool. (Lond.) 240: 123-140.

 

Zuri, I. and Terkel, J. 1997. Summer tunneling activity of mole rats (Spalax ehrenbergi) in sloping field with moisture gradient. Mammalia 61(1): 47-54.
 

Zuri, I., Gazit, I. and Terkel, J. 1997. Effect of scent-marking in delaying territorial invasion in the blind mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi. Behaviour 134: 867-880.
 

Shanas, U., Shalgi, R. and Terkel, J. 1997. Seasonal changes in the ovary of the blind mole rat. Isr. J. Zool. 43: 149-158.

 

Gilad, E., Shanas, U., Terkel, J. and Zisapel, N. 1997. Pulative melatonin receptors in the blind mole rat Harderian gland. J. Exp. Zool. 227: 435-441.

 

Shanas, U., and Terkel, J. 1997. Mole rate Harderian gland secretions inhibit aggression. Anim. Behav..54: 1255-1263.
 

 

Shanas, U., Shalgi, R. and Terkel, J. 1997. Seasonal changes in the ovary of the blind mole rat. Isr. J. Zool. 43: 149-158.

 

Goldman, B.D., Goldman, S.L., Riccio, A.P. and Terkel, J. 1997. Circadian patterns of locomotor activity and body temperature in blind mole-rats, Spalax ehrenbergi. J. Biol. Rhythms 12(4): 348-361.

 

Zuri, I and Terkel, J. 1998. Ontogeny of agonistic behaviour in dispersing blind mole rats (Spalax ehrenbergi). Aggr. Behav.. 24:
 

Zuri, I., Fishelson, L. and Terkel, J. 1998. The morphology and cytology of the nasal cavity and vomeronasal organ of the blind mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi. Anat. Rec.. 251:460-471.

 

Zuri, I., Gottreich, A. and Terkel, J. 1998. Social stress in neighbouring and encountering blind mole rats Spalax ehrenbergi. Physiol. Behav.. 64: 611-620.
 

 

Rado, R., Terkel, J. and Wollberg, Z. 1998. Seismic communication signals in the blind mole rat (Spalax ehrenbergi) : electrophysical and behavioral evidence for their processing by the auditory system. J. Comp. Physiol. A. 183: 503-511.
 

Shanas, U., Gozlan, I., Murawski, U. and Terkel, J. 1998. Identification of the main lipid components of the mole rat. J. Chem. Ecol.. 24:2181-2193.

 

Zuri, I., Kaffe, I., Dayan, D. and Terkel, J. 1998. Incisor adaptation to fossorial life in blind mole rats Spalax ehrenbergi. J. Mamm. 80:734-741.

 

Gazit, I., Terkel, A. and Terkel, J. 1998. Breeding and husbandry of the blind mole rat at the Zoology Department, Tel Aviv University. Int. Zoo. Yb. 36:246-255.
 

Gottreich, A., Zuri, I, Hammel, I. and Terkel, J. (2000). Testosterone independent aggres­sion in the male blind mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi. Aggr. Behav. (in press)

 

Gottreich, A., Hammel, I., Yogev, L. and Terkel, J. (2000). Effect of photoperiod variation on testes and accessory sex organs in the male blind mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi. Life Sci. 67:521-529.

 

Gazit, I. and Terkel, J. (2000). Reproductive behavior of the blind mole-rat (Spalax ehrenbergi) in a seminatural burrow system. Can. J. Zool. 78:570-577.

 

Gottreich, A., Zuri, I., Barel, S., Hammel, I. and Terkel, J. (2000). Urinary testosterone levels in the male blind mole rat (Spalax ehrenbergi) affect female preference. Phys. & Behav. 69:309-315.
 

Kimchi, T. and Terkel, J. 2001. Spatial learning and memory in the blind mole-rat in comparison with the laboratory rat and Levant vole. Anim. Behav. 61: 171-180.

 

Kimchi, T. and Terkel, J. 2001. Magnetic compass orientation in the blind mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi . J. Exp. Biol. 204: 751-758.

 

Zuri, I. and Terkel, J. 2001. Reversed palatal perforation by upper incisors in ageing blind mole-rats (Spalax ehrenbergi). J. Anat. 199: 591-598.

 

Amihai, D., Trachtenberg, S., Terkel, J. and Hammel, I. 2001. The structure of mast cell secretory granules in the blind mole rat ( Spalax ehrenbergi ). J. Struct. Biol. 136: 96-100.

 

Gottreich, A., Zuri, I, Hammel, I. and Terkel, J. 2001. Noninvolvement of testosterone in aggressive defense behavior in the male blind mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi . Aggr. Behav. 27:64-72.

 

Gunther, I. and Terkel, J. 2002. Regulation of free-roaming cat ( Felis silvestris catus ) populations: A survey of the literature and its application to Israel . Animal Welfare 11: 171-188.

 

Kimchi, T. and Terkel, J. 2002. Seeing and not seeing. Current Opin. Neurobiol. 12: 728-734.

 

Gazit, I., Lavner, Y., Bloch, G., Azulai, O., Goldblatt, A. and Terkel, J. 2003. A simple system for the remote detection and analysis of sniffing in explosives detection dogs. Behav. Res. Methods, Instruments & Computers 35:82-89.

 

Gazit, I. and Terkel, J. 2003. Explosives detection by sniffer dogs following strenuous physical activity. Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 81: 149-161.

 

Gazit, I. and Terkel, J. 2003. Domination of olfaction over vision in explosives detection by dogs. Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 82: 65-73.

 

Kimchi, T. and Terkel, J. 2003. Mole rats (Spalax ehrenbergi) select bypass burrowing strategies in accordance with obstacle size. Naturwissenschaften 90: 36-39.

 

Kimchi, T. and Terkel, J. 2003. Detours by the blind mole-rat follow assessment of location and physical properties of underground obstacles. Anim. Behav. 66: 885-891.

 

Shiloh , S., Sorek, G. and Terkel, J. 2003. Reduction of state-anxiety by petting animals in a controlled laboratory experiment. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 16: 387-395.

 

Kimchi, T., Etienne, A.S. and Terkel, J. 2004. A subterranean mammal uses the magnetic compass for path integration. PNAS 101(4): 1105-1109.

 

Kimchi, T. Terkel, J. 2004. Comparison of the role of somatosensory stimuli in maze learning in a blind subterranean rodent and a sighted surface-dwelling rodent. Behav. Brain Res. 31; 153(2):389-395.

 

Kimchi, T. Reshef, M. Terkel, J. 2005. Evidence for the use of reflected self-generated seismic waves for spatial orientation in a blind subterranean mammal. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (Pt 4) :647-659.

 

Gazit, I. Goldblatt, A. Terkel, J. 2005. Formation of an olfactory search image for explosives odours in sniffer dogs. Ethology 111: 1-12.

 

Gazit, I. Goldblatt, A. Terkel, J. 2005. The role of context specificity in learning: the effects of training context on explosives detection in dogs. Anim. Cogn. 8:143-150.

 

Blais, I. , Terkel, J., Goldblatt, A. 2006. Long-term impact of early olfactory experience on later olfactory conditioning. Dev. Psychobiol. 48(7): 501-507.

Feuerstein, N., Terkel, J. (In press) Interrelationships of dogs ( Canis familiaris ) and cats ( Felis catus L .) living under the same roof. Applied Animal Behaviour Science

 

 

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