Eviatar Nevo

University of Haifa


Election Year: 2000
Primary Section: 27, Evolutionary Biology
Secondary Section: 63, Environmental Sciences and Ecology
Membership Type: Foreign Associate

Research Interests

As an evolutionary biologist, I am interested in biodiversity evolution in nature involving genes, genomes, phenomes, populations, species, and ecosystems of bacteria, fungi, plants, animals, and humans, focusing on adaption and speciation. I have conducted local, regional, and global studies, linking interdisciplinary and evolutionarily ecology, cytogenetics, morphology, physiology, and behavior, bridging genotypes and phenotypes, integrating molecular and organismal biology, and elucidating organism-environment relationships. I founded in 1976 and direct the Institute of Evolution at the University of Haifa, a world center of excellence, conducting active integrative research in biodiversity, molecular, genomic, and organismal evolutions, linking field, laboratory, and theoretical research programs across life. In application, I advanced a novel genetic methodology to safeguard the quality of the marine environment. Likewise, I substantiated the idea that wild progenitors of cereal and other cultivars harbor rich genetic resources that should be conserved in-situ and ex-situ. They represent the best hope for future genetic crop improvement, advancing the second genetic green revolution, thereby guaranteeing the increase and stabilization of world food production.

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