CV: Dr. Motti Charter
charterm@post.tau.ac.il
Current Address:
Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
University of Haifa
Haifa 3498838, Israel
Mobile : +972-544-901-130
TeleFax:  +972-4-6499440
 
 
Citizenship: USA and Israeli (dual)
Marital Status: Married
Number of children: 2.
Date of Birth: May 14, 1977

 

ARMY SERVICE

 
Israeli Defense Force (2001): Completed active duty and am presently in first sergeant first class in the reserves.

 

EDUCATION

               
University of Massachusetts at Amherst:
            Bachelor of Science, in May 99
            Bachelor degree in Animal Science/Pre-Vet.,Cum Laude
           
Ben Gurion University of the Negev at Beer Sheva (summer 97- spring 98): two semesters studying liberal arts and ecology abroad in Israel.
 
Masters Degree (fall 2001- 2004): Studied towards a Masters degree in Zoology from the Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Dr. Yossi Leshem and Amos Bouskila. Researched the biology of the common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) in an agricultural landscape with an emphasis on their role biological pest control of rodents and their reproductive biology.
 
PhD (2005- 2010): Studied towards a PhD degree in Zoology from the Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Dr. Yossi Leshem, Prof. Amotz Zehavi, and Prof. Ido Izhaki. The study concentrated on competitive and predator-prey interactions between breeding birds.
 
Post doctorate (2010- 2011): Studied in the Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Dr. Yossi Leshem and in cooperation with Prof. Alexandre Roulin, form the Lausanne University. Studied whether occupation and breeding success of barn varied ,in different regions and locations.
 
Post doctorate (2011- present): Study at the University of Haifa under the supervision of Prof. Ido Izhaki and Prof. Alexandre Roulin whether melanin-based coloration associated with resistance to heat stress?
 
 
RESEARCH INTERESTS
I am interested in conservation ecology, specifically competitive interactions (both native and invasive species species) and reproductive behavior of breeding birds. I am also interested in predator-prey interactions, particular involving raptors and great tits, and ranging from scientific to applied research (using raptors in biological pest control of rodents). I also study also study how life history traits of breeding birds with implications on conservation ecology.  

 

EXPERIENCE

 
Scientific Coordinator, Barn Owl Nesting Box Scheme Israel (2007- Present): Responsible for coordinating a national research project involving a team of bird banders, naturalist, and ornithologists, who monitor breeding parameters and other aspects of barn owl biology in 1600 barn owl nesting boxes.  
 
Project creator and leader: Project Bird Box Israel (www.birdboxisrael.org): A interactive project of University of Haifa that supplies bird boxes to farmers and schools to promote environmental education.
 
Israel team leader of the USAID MERC project of "Using barn owl and kestrels as biological pest control agents of rodents", (2006- 2009): A joint, Israel-Jordan-Palestine Authority research project. In charge of the research in Israel and participate in the joint meeting and research with Jordanians and Palestinians.
 
GAIA education scientific coordinator, (2010- Present): Coordinates scientific research projects in 6 schools in Israel. The project is base hands research that the children take an active role in environmental change. 
 
Global Owl Project Israel Team Leader, (2006- Present): Responsible for coordinator research on owls in Israel. Blood samples are collected and compared to owls from Europe.
 
Global Owl Trust representative, Israel, (2008 to present): Represent Global Owl Trust in Israel. Together we add an infra-red video camera in barn owl nest online.
 
Leading elementary school project (Spring 2004 to 2006): Taught two 5th grade classes in Tel Aviv weekly on a project called “Spreading Wings”, which I help to establish. The course was created as an introductory course on ornithology with an emphasis on raptor and in particularly the common kestrel.
 
Pest Control Adviser (2002- Present):  Advising Israeli, Jordanian and Jordanian farmers on the applications of using raptors in biological pest control of rodents.
 
Teaching Middle School (Spring 2004 to 2008): Ornithology and computer teacher to four seventh grade classes in the Shevah Mofet Middle School, Israel.
 
Owl Biologist (summer 1999): A research team member studying the demography survey on Northern Spotted Owls within the Central Cascades of Oregon. Collected information on adult and juvenile owl survival rates, reproductive rates, finite rate of population change, and other population characteristics.
 
 
 
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
 
  1. Charter, M., Bouskila, A, Aviel, S., and Y. Leshem 2005. First Record of Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) Parasitism by the Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) in Israel. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 117(2):201–204.
 
  1. Charter, M. Bouskila, A, and Y. Leshem 2005. Second clutches by Common Kestrels Falco tinnunculus breeding on buildings in Israel. Sandgrouse 27:165-167.
 
  1. Charter, M. and H. K. Mienis. 2005. Snails in pellets and prey remains of kestrels Falco tinnunculus in Israel. Triton 12: 31-32.
 
  1. Charter, M., and Y. Leshem. 2006. First documented case of Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding in an open nest in Israel. Sandgrouse 28:77-78.
 
  1. Charter, M., Leshem, Y., Izhaki, I., Guershon, M. and Y. Kiat. 2006. The diet of the Little Owl, Athene noctua, in Israel. Zoology in the Middle East. 39: 31-40
 
  1. Charter M., Izhaki I., Shapira L. and Y. Leshem. 2007. Diets of Urban Breeding Barn Owls (Tyto Alba) in Tel Aviv, Israel. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119: 484-485.
 
  1. Charter M., Izhaki I., Bouskila, A., and Y. Leshem. 2007. Breeding success of the Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) nesting on buildings in Israel. J. Raptor Res. 41(2): 139-143.
 
  1. Charter M., Izhaki I., Bouskila, A. and Y. Leshem. 2007. The effect of different nest types on the breeding success of Eurasian Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) in a rural ecosystem. J. Raptor Res. 41(2): 143-149.
 
  1. Kiat, Y., Perlman, G., Balaban, A.., Leshem, Y., Izhaki, I. and M. Charter (2008). Feeding specialization of urban Long-eared Owls, Asio otus (Linnaeus, 1758), in Jerusalem, Israel. Zoology in the Middle East 43: 49-54.
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem Y., Izhaki I. and S. Halevi. 2008. A case of polygamy or co-operative breeding in the Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) in Israel. Sandgrouse 30: 164- 165.
 
  1. Meyrom, K., Leshem, Y. and M. Charter. 2008. Barn Owl Tyto alba breeding success in man- made structures in the Jordan Rift valley, Israel. Sandgrouse 30: 134-137.
 
  1. Charter, M., Leshem, Y., Ezer, A., Aviel S. and V. Chikatunov 2008. The first record of use of a nest box by Hoopoe Upupa epops in Israel. Acrocephalus 29 (137): 105-107.
 
  1. Charter, M., Izhaki, I., Meyrom, K., Motro, Y. and Y. Leshem 2009. Diets of Barn Owls differ in the same agricultural region. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121: 378-383.
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem Y. and S. Halevi. 2009. Use of nest baskets by Long- eared Owls Asio otus in Israel. Sandgrouse. 31: 36- 37.
 
  1. Meyrom K., Motro Y., Leshem Y., Aviel S., Izhaki I., Argyle F. and M. Charter 2009. Nest-box use by the Barn Owl Tyto alba in a biological pest control program in the Beit She'an valley, Israel. Ardea 97(4): 463-467.
 
  1. Charter M., Meyrom K., Leshem Y., Aviel S., Izhaki I., and Y. Motro 2010. Does nest box location and orientation affect occupation rate and breeding success of Barn Owls Tyto alba in a semi-arid environment? Acta Ornithol. 44: 115–119.
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem Y., Halevi, S., M. and I. Izhaki. 2010. Nest box use by Great Tits in semi–arid rural residential gardens. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122(3): 604–608.
 
  1. Charter M., Izhaki, I. and Y. Leshem. 2010.  Effects of the risk of competition and predation in large secondary cavity breeders. Journal of Ornithology 151:791–795.
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem, Y., and I. Izhaki 2010.  Does nest basket size affect Long-eared Owl and Eurasian Kestrel breeding performance? Journal of Raptor Research 44: 314- 317.
 
  1. Charter M., Izhaki, I. and Y. Leshem. 2011. Predation or facilitation? An experimental assessment of whether generalist predators affect the breeding success of passerines. Journal of Ornithology 153: 533- 539.
 
  1. Lambrechts M.M., …. Charter M. et al. (2012). Nest-box design for the study of diurnal raptors and owls is still an overlooked point in ecological, evolutionary and conservation studies: a review. Journal of Ornithology 153: 23-34.
 
  1. Charter M., Peleg O., Leshem Y. and A Roulin 2012. Similar patterns of local barn owl adaptation in the Middle East and Europe with respect to melanic coloration. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 106: 447–454.
 
  1. Charter M., Izhaki, I.,  Leshem Y, and A Roulin 2012. Diet and breeding success of long-eared owls in a semi-arid environment. Journal of Arid Environments 85: 142-144.
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem Y, Meyrom K., Peleg O. and A Roulin 2012. The importance of micro-habitat in the breeding of Barn Owls Tyto alba. Bird Study 59: 368-371
 
  1. Charter M., Izhaki, I.,  Leshem Y. 2013. Asymmetric seasonal nest site competition between Great Tit and House Sparrows. Journal of Ornithology 154: 173-181
 
  1. Møller, A.P.… Charter M. et al.  2014 .Clutch size variation in Western Palearctic secondary hole-nesting passerine birds in relation to nest box design. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 5: 353–362.
 
  1. Peleg O*. Charter M.*, Leshem Y, Izhaki I., Peleg O. and A Roulin (2014).  Conditional association between melanism and personality in Israeli barn owls. Bird Study.*equal contribution. Bird Study 61:572-577.
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem Y, Izhaki I., Peleg O. and A Roulin (2014). Pheomelanin-based colouration is correlated with indices of flying strategies in the barn owl. Journal of Ornithology. 156:309-312.
 
  1. Møller, A.P.… Charter M. et al. . (2014) Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds. Ecology and Evolution 4: 3583–3595
 
  1. Hadad E., Roulin A. and M. Charter. A record of communal nesting in the Barn Owl (Tyto alba). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127: 114–119
 
 
 
 
SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION (IN REVIEW)
 
  1. Goldshtein A., Markman S., Leshem Y., Puchinsky M., and M. Charter. Nest site interference competition with house sparrows affects parental care and reproductive success in great tits. Ecology and Evolution
 
  1. Goldshtein A., Markman S., Leshem Y., and M. Charter. Great tit (Parus major) breeding and predation on the pine processionary caterpillar (Thaumetopoea wilkinsoni), in pine forests in Israel. Biological Control.
 
 
3.Charter M., Peleg O, Nir S., Izhaki I., Leshem, Y., Meyrom K., and A Roulin. Barn owls as biological pest control agents of rodents in Israel. Biological control.
 
4.Hadad E., Weil G., and M. Charter. The importance of natural habitat as eagle breeding sites: The case study of the short-toed eagle (. Bird Conservation International.
 
5.Charter M., Izhaki I., Leshem, Y., Meyrom K., and A Roulin Relationship between barn owl diet and reproductive success in the Middle East. Journal of arid environments.
 
6.Charter M., Izhaki I., Ben Mocha Y., and S. Kark. Do invasive alien birds limit the breeding of native cavity-nesters? An experimental approach and its implications for management. Biological invasions.
 
 
ABSTRACTS
  1. Charter M., Leshem Y., and A. Bouskila. 2003. Internet survey of nesting biology of common kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) . Isr. J. Zool 50: 104.
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem Y., Bouskila A., and S. Aviel. 2003. Great spotted cuckoos (Clamator glandarius) parasitizes a new host in Israel.  Isr. J. Zool 50: 104.
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem Y., and A. Bouskila. 2005. Effects of predation and competition on the breeding success of common kestrels (Falco tinnunculus). Isr. J. Zool. 51: 61.
 
  1. Leshem Y., Aviel S., Merom K., Charter M., Motro Y., Alon D., and I. Yitzhaki. 2007. The Barn Owl and Common Kestrel as biological pest controllers in agricultural fields from a local to regional project. Isr. J. Ecol. Evol. 52:
 
  1. Charter M., Aviel S., Abu Rashid M., Atrash I., Alon D., Labinger Z., Izhaki I., Y. Leshem (2007). Raptors as biological pest control agents of rodents in agriculture: Conservation, rodent control and cooperation in the Middle East. World Owl Conference 2007.
 
  1. Charter M., Aviel S., Meyrom K, Motro Y., Alon D. and Y. Leshem (2010). Raptors as biological pest controllers in agricultural fields from a local to regional project. 25th International Congress in Brazil.    
 
  1. Charter M., Leshem. Y. and K. Meyrom (2011). The use of Barn owls as biological control agents - video; Regional cooperation in the Middle East and applications to Long-eared Owl programs. 2011 International Conference on the Survey, Monitoring and Conservation of the Long-eared Owl Asio otus.                                                  
 
  1. Charter M., Izhaki, I. and Y. Leshem. International Conference on the Survey, Monitoring and Conservation of the Long-eared Owl Asio otus. (2011) International Conference on the Survey, Monitoring and Conservation of the Long-eared Owl Asio otus.
 
  1. Charter M, Y. Leshem, A. Roulin, and Izhaki, I. (2012) The barn owl project in Israel: from applied to scientific. The 21st international conference of Zoology (ICZ) Haifa.
 
  1. Charter M, I. Izhaki, Y.  Leshem, K. Meyrom, and A. Roulin (2013), and Does Barn Owl breeding vary between Europe and Middle East? European Ornithological Union Conference Norwich UK. 
 
  1. Charter M (2013). International seminar on environmental friendly agriculture pest management, Taiwan. What we know about barn owls breeding and nest box use: a model of an applied project.
                                      
 
 
REVIEWER FOR THE FOLLOWING JOUNRALS
 
  • Acta Ornithologica
  • Acrocephalus
  • Biological Conservation
  • Journal of Arid Environments
  • Journal of Field Ornithology
  • Journal of Raptor Research
  • Sandgrouse
  • Western Birds
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wilson Journal of Ornithology
 
STUDENTS SUPERVISED
 
Undergraduate student
Aya Goldstein, Chen Shemesh, Gilad Rotem,Hadas Sele, Inbal Segev, Karen Zrehan, Karina Gitim, Lev Shapira, Lior Halporon, Maria Novaslov, Maya Peter, Or Comay, Or Donis, Einat Rokach, Peter Mitzkin, Rotem Stern, Shahar Ben Cohen, Shay Levin, Shay Levy, Shir Ven Asher, Yuval Cohen, Gilad Person, Tomer Chen 
 
MSc
Aya Goldstein, Maya Peter, Ori Peleg
 
 
 
SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE
 
1. Selected video: http://www.birdboxisrael.org/Movies-and-media.html
 
2. Owls replace pesticides in Israel- BBC news: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/8004426.stm
 
3. From ammunition crates to owl nests- Jerusalem Post: http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1262339383393
 
4. Flying mouse-traps clean up fields- Birdlife International: http://www.birdlife.org/news/news/2009/04/barn_owls_israel.htmll
 
5. Barn owls and kestrels: biological pest control agents: Environmental Bulletin: http://www.sviva.gov.il/Enviroment/Static/Binaries/ModulKvatzim/7BarnOwls-Bulletin35-WEB_1.pdf
 
Funds:
 
200,000 NIS: 2010-2013. KKL. The use of great tits as biological pest control agents of Thaumetopoea wilkinsoni in pine forest. In cooperation with Yossi Leshem and Shai Markman.
 
200,000 NIS. 2010-2012. Hoopoe Foundation. The use of barn owl and kestrel as biological pest control agents: National project.
 
60,000 NIS. 2012-2013.  Hoopoe Foundation.  Study the effect of invasive avian species on native cavity breeders.
 
27,000 NIS 2013- 2014. Hoopoe Foundation. Use of GPS tags in barn owls
 
107,550 CHF.  2012-2015. Addax & Oryx Foundation.  Owls as peacemakers in the Middle East.
 
15,000 NIS. 2012-2013- Emek Yizreel Regional Council. Long-eared owls breeding in agriculture.
 
 
FOR REFERENCES, PLEASE CONTACT:
 
 
Prof. Ido Izhaki
Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
University of Haifa
Haifa 31905, Israel
Email: izhaki@research.haifa.ac.il]
Tel: (972) 49838919
Fax: (972) 49832167
 
Prof. Alexandre Roulin
Department of Ecology & Evolution, Biophore,
University of Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland Desk 3202
 Email: Alexandre.Roulin@unil.ch
Tel: 0041 21 692 41 89;
Private: 0041 21 691 43 29;
Mobile: 0041 79 686 08 64;
Fax: 0041 21 692 41 65
 
Dr. Stuart Fleischer
Director GAIA project
P.O. Box 484
65 Hashomoron Street
Even yehuda, 40500, Israel
Email: sfleischer@wbais.net
Mobile: 972 524738979
 
David H. Johnson
Director - Global Owl Project
6504 Carriage Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22310, USA 
E-mail: djowl@aol.com
Mobile: 202-360-0313
 

 

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