Ron Efrat

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Animal Flight Group, where I study the fascinating worlds of large raptor movement and conservation. In my academic journey, my MSc research focused on the migratory behavior of Great White Pelicans, while my PhD thesis delved deeply into the survival and movement dynamics of both captive-bred and wild vultures. In my research, I aim to gain dipper insights into the movement of animals and how it is affected by internal and external factors, while attempting to direct my study questions in a way that will contribute to the conservation of animals.

For many years, my passion for wildlife, especially birds, has been a guiding force. As a birder and bird ringer, I’ve been fascinated by the world of avian life and saddened by the ongoing conservation crisis. I consider myself lucky to be able to study these fields, contributing to various projects in the expansive field of animal movement and conservation. This involvement extends beyond borders, with collaborative efforts in Israel and beyond.

Beyond my academic pursuits, I am a proud father to two wonderful girls, Shakked, born in 2019 and Bar, born in 2022. Together with my partner Yael, I am raising them in the beautiful Negev Desert. I like spending my time outside, with my family and/or with birds and other animals.