Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research

Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies


Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology


The Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental & Energy Research



Ben-Gurion University of the Negev







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Camp Evolution V

Sede-Boqer Campus, February 21-25, 2016


Spencer C.H. Barrett

FRS, FRSC, University Professor

Editor-In-Chief,  Proceedings B
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Toronto


Plant Evolutionary Biology after Darwin





















  Organizer: Ariel Novoplansky






Spencer Barrett’s homepage

First day

Previous workshops:

Camp Evolution I:   Sympatric Speciation and Evolution of Sex

Camp Evolution II:  Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics

Camp Evolution III: Human Evolutionary Genetics

Camp Evolution IV: Unresolved Problems in Evolutionary Biology


Getting there








 Language and academic credit


Campus map



The workshop's language will be English.

Students can enroll for credit (2 academic points; BGU course # 001-2-3335) given the submission of a written assignment.


Getting there and local ammenities


·       Reaching Beer-Sheva from Tel-Aviv is best done by train

·       From Jerusalem you should better take an Egged bus

·       To Midreshet Ben-Gurion (mind you- not Kibbutz Sede-Boker), take Metropolin buses 60, 64, 69 from Beer-Sheva's Central bus station

·       All activities will take place at the Albert Katz School, class #1, Bldg 47, Sede-Boqer Campus.

·       Meals and food can be purchased in a few local (humble) eateries and a grocery store.

·       All participants are welcome to a dinner party on the last night of the workshop, Feb 24, 2016.

·       Please bring with you layered clothing (days can be nice and cozy but nights can be chilly) and hiking shoes.


First day (Feb 21, 2016):

·       Participants who stay at the Beit Hamburg guesthouse are kindly requested to check in at the Sede-Boqer Field School Office (#13 on map)  

·       Get together: 13:00

·       Start: 13:30





Sun, Feb 21

Mon, Feb 22

Tue, Feb 23

Wed, Feb 24

Thu, Feb 25


08:30 – 10:15


Arrival and



The form and function of flowers


Heterostyly as a model system in ecological and evolutionary genetics


The evolution of combined versus separate sexes


The influence of clonality on sexual reproduction


10:15 – 10:45


Coffee break


Coffee break


Coffee break


Coffee break


10:45 – 12:30

Get together: 13:00



Orientation: 13:30


Mating system evolution and the outcrossing-selfing paradigm


Plant reproductive systems, life histories and colonization


Gender  strategies, Sex ratios and sex chromosome evolution


How  to get published in high impact journals


12:30 – 13:30


Lunch break


Lunch break


Lunch break


Lunch break


14:00 – 18:00


Darwin's legacy and the origins of plant reproductive biology


*Short walk:

Sunset over the Zin






*Hike: down the Zin Canyon






*Lotz Cisterns






*Yerucham Irises and the Hatira Crater





19:00 – 20:00








Dinner party



20:30 – 21:30


Tomer Hertz, BGU

Host pathogen co-evolution: viruses and the adaptive immune system


Merav Seifan BGU

Can spatial organization affect plant reproductive success?


Amit Benbassat BGU

Emulating cognitive phenomena using neuroevolution


Michal Segoli BGU

The role of conflict and cooperation in the evolution of behavioral and life history traits



21:30 - ?










*Excursion destinations may change according to weather and bloom phase