Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University (2010)
  • MSc, Tel-Aviv University, Zoology (2003)
  • BSc, Tel-Aviv University, Life sciences (2001)

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Journal Articles

  • Interspecific displacement mechanisms by the invasive little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata Biological Invasions Vonshak, M., Dayan, T., Hefetz, A. : accepted
  • Worldwide invasion by the little fire ant: routes of introduction and eco-evolutionary pathways Evolutionary Applications Foucaud, J., J. Orivel, A. Loiseau, J. H. C. Delabie, B. Gerber1, H. Jourdan1, M. Vonshak, M. Tindo, J.-L. Mercier, J.-B. Mikissa, T. McGlynn, T. Thompson, S. Mikheyev, J. Oettler, A. Estoup.
  • Thermotolerance adaptation to human-modified habitats occurs in the native range of the invasive ant Wasmannia auropunctata before long-distance dispersal EVOLUTIONARY APPLICATIONS Foucaud, J., Rey, O., Robert, S., Crespin, L., Orivel, J., Facon, B., Loiseau, A., Jourdan, H., Kenne, M., Masse, P. S., Tindo, M., Vonshak, M., Estoup, A. 2013; 6 (4): 721-734


    Key evolutionary events associated with invasion success are traditionally thought to occur in the introduced, rather than the native range of species. In the invasive ant Wasmannia auropunctata, however, a shift in reproductive system has been demonstrated within the native range, from the sexual non-dominant populations of natural habitats to the clonal dominant populations of human-modified habitats. Because abiotic conditions of human- modified habitats are hotter and dryer, we performed lab experiments on workers from a set of native and introduced populations, to investigate whether these ecological and genetic transitions were accompanied by a change in thermotolerance and whether such changes occurred before establishment in the introduced range. Thermotolerance levels were higher in native populations from human-modified habitats than in native populations from natural habitats, but were similar in native and introduced populations from human-modified habitats. Differences in thermotolerance could not be accounted for by differences in body size. A scenario based on local adaptation in the native range before introduction in remote areas represents the most parsimonious hypothesis to account for the observed phenotypic pattern. These findings highlight the importance of human land use in explaining major contemporary evolutionary changes.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/eva.12058

    View details for Web of Science ID 000319349400012

    View details for PubMedID 23789036

  • Interspecific displacement mechanisms by the invasive little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS Vonshak, M., Dayan, T., Hefetz, A. 2012; 14 (4): 851-861
  • A camponotus fellah queen sets a record for israeli ant longevity Israel Journal of Entomology Vonshak, M., Shlagman, A 2010; 39: 165-168
  • The little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata: a new invasive species in the Middle East and its impact on the local arthropod fauna Biological Invasions Vonshak, M., Dayan, T., Ionescu-Hirsch, A., Friedberg, A., Hefetz A. 2010; 12: 1825-1837
  • A checklist of the ants of israel (hymenoptera: Formicidae) Israel Journal of Entomology Vonshak, M., Ionescu-Hirsh, A 2010; 39: 33-55
  • Arthropods as food resource for two competing spiny mice species: Diel, seasonal, and spatial availability Journal of Arid Environments Vonshak, M., Dayan, T., Kronfeld-Schor, N. 2009; 73: 458-462
  • The interplay between genetic and environmental effects on colony insularity in the clonal invasive little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Vonshak, M., Dayan, T. Foucaud, J., Estoup, A., Hefetz, A. 2009; 63 (11): 1667-1677

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