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Yoav Perlman

Yoav Perlman


Yoav Perlman


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Academic profile

MSc in Desert Ecology, Ben Gurion University, Israel, 2004-7. Thesis title: Foraging ecology, body temperature patterns and space use characteristics of the Nubian Nightjar, Caprimulgus nubicus, in Israel.

BSc in Life Sciences, Ben Gurion University, Israel, 2001-4.

PhD title

"Conservation Effectiveness of EU Natura 2000 Management and Agri-environment Prescriptions: Land Use and Population Changes of Great Bustard in Iberia."

Current research

The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is globally Vulnerable. Up to 70% of the global population are in Iberia, but despite intensive research and conservation measures, small sub-populations are declining or have become extinct. This process has negative implications for the future conservation of the species.

This project will analyse the effect of land-use changes on Great Bustard sub-populations in Extremadura (Spain) and Alentejo (Portugal), using novel methods to link land-use changes to sub-population trends on a regional, long-term scale.


The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research Full Scholarship (2004 – 2007)

Ornithological Society for the Middle East Research Grant (2005)


Merav Ziv Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Ecology (2006)

Giddi Zakkay Fund for leading conservationists Research Award (2005)


Perlman, Y., and Tsurim, I. (2008). Daring, risk assessment and body condition interactions in steppe buzzards Buteo buteo vulpinus. Journal of Avian Biology 39: 226-228.

Perlman, Y., and Meyrav, J. (2009). Checklist of the Birds of Israel. Society for the Protection of nature in Israel publications.

In addition, multiple publications in popular magazines.

Research groups

Primary supervisor: Dr Paul Dolman (UEA),

Co-supervisors: Dr John Burnside (UEA), Prof Nigel Collar (BirdLife International), Dr João Paulo Silva (University of Lisbon).

Centre for Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (UEA)

Organisms and the Environment research theme, School of Biological Sciences (UEA).