Dr. Roi Dor

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Dr. Roi Dor
Phone: 03-6408005

Research Interests

Roi Dor’s research brings together behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology to address questions regarding the evolution of traits and the role they play in the generation and maintenance of biodiversity. He is interested in trait variation, its genetic basis and the processes that generate differentiation between populations and eventually lead to speciation. His research combines hypotheses-driven experimental testing of proximate mechanisms, quantitative genetics, historical inferences and species-level comparative analysis. His research models are mostly birds but also insects.


Specific research interests are: 

  • Genetic basis of behavioral, ecological and physiological traits
  • Population genetics
  • Speciation processes
  • Molecular phylogenetics
  • Evolution of communication systems


Recent Publications

Dor R., T. Katzav-Gozansky and A. Hefetz. 2005. Dufour's gland pheromone as a reliable signal for reproductive dominance among honeybee (Apis mellifera) workers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 58: 270-276.


Dor R., H. Kedar, D. W. Winkler and A. Lotem. 2007. Begging in the absence of parents: A "quick on the trigger" strategy to minimize costly misses. Behavioral Ecology. 18: 97-102.


Dor R. and A. Lotem. 2009. Heritability of nestling begging intensity in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). Evolution. 63: 738-748.


Dor R., R. J. Safran, F. H. Sheldon, D. W. Winkler and I. J. Lovette. 2010. Phylogeny of the genus Hirundo and the Barn Swallow subspecies complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 409-418.


Dor R. and A. Lotem. 2010. Parental effort and response to nestling begging in the house sparrow: repeatability, heritability, and parent-offspring co-evolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 1605–1612.


Schrey A. W., M. Grispo, M. Awad, M. B. Cook, E. D. McCoy, H. R. Mushinsky, T. Albayrak, S. Bensch, T. Burke, L. K. Butler, R. Dor, H. B. Fokidis, H. Jensen, T. Imboma, M. M.Kessler-Rios, A. Marzal, I. R. K.Stewart, H. Westerdahl, D. F. Westneat, P. Zehtindjiev and L. B. Martin. 2011. Broad-scale latitudinal patterns of genetic diversity among native European and introduced house sparrow (Passer domesticus) populations. Molecular Ecology 20: 1133-1143.


Grodzinski U., R. Dor and A. Lotem. 2011. Begging for a better future: how far can behavioral ecologists go without specifying mechanisms? (Invited commentary). Behavioral Ecology 22: 921-922.


Vortman Y., A. Lotem, R. Dor, I. J. Lovette and R. J. Safran. 2011. The sexual signals of the East-Mediterranean barn swallow: a different swallow tale. Behavioral Ecology 22: 1344-1352.


Dor R., I. J. Lovette, R. J. Safran, S. M. Billerman, G. Huber, Y. Vortman, A. Lotem, A. McGowan, M. R. Evans, C. B. Cooper, and D. W. Winkler. 2011. Low variation in the polymorphic Clock gene poly-Q region despite population genetic structure across Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) populations. PLoS ONE 6(12):e28843.


Dor R., R. J. Safran, Y. Vortman, A. Lotem, A. McGowen, M. R. Evans and I. J. Lovette. 2012. Population genetics and morphological comparisons of migratory European (Hirundo rustica rustica) and sedentary East-Mediterranean (H. r. transitiva) Barn Swallows. Journal of Heredity. 103: 55-63.


Vitousek M. N., R. Dor, and R. J. Safran. 2012. Sexual signaling: Climatic carry-over (Invited dispatch). Current Biology 22: R61-R63.


Dor R., C. B. Cooper, I. J. Lovette, V. Massoni, F. Bulit, M. Liljesthrom, and D. W. Winkler. 2012. Clock gene variation in Tachycineta Swallows. Ecology and Evolution. 2: 95-105.


Cerasale D. J., R. Dor, D. W. Winkler, I. J. Lovette. 2012. Phylogeny of the Tachycineta genus of New World swallows: Insights from complete mitochondrial genomes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 63: 64–71.


Dor R., M. D. Carling, F. H. Sheldon, D. W. Winkler and I. J. Lovette. 2012. Species tree for the Tree Swallows (Genus Tachycineta): an alternative phylogenetic hypothesis to the mitochondrial gene tree. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 65: 317–322.


Vortman Y., A. Lotem, R. Dor, I. J. Lovette and R. J. Safran. 2013. Multiple sexual signals and behavioral reproductive isolation in a diverging population. American Naturalist. 182: 514-523.


Hut R. H., S. Paolucci, R. Dor, C. P. Kyriacou, S. Daan. 2013. Latitudinal clines: an evolutionary view on biological rhythms. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280: 1471-2954.


Botero C. A., R. Dor, C. M. McCain, R. J. Safran. 2014. Environmental harshness is positively correlated with intraspecific divergence in mammals and birds. Available online, Molecular Ecology. 23: 259-268. doi: 10.1111/mec.12572.


Dor R., S. Rosenstein, I. Scharf. 2014. Foraging behaviour of a neglected pit-building predator: The wormlion. Animal Behaviour. 93: 69-76.


Stager M., Cerasale D. J., Dor R., Winkler D. W., Cheviron Z. A. 2014. Signatures of natural selection in the mitochondrial genomes of Tachycineta swallows and their implications for latitudinal patterns of the ‘pace of life’. Gene (In press). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2014.05.019.


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