Leon Blaustein

Professor of Ecology

Head, Community Ecology Lab

Director, Kadas Green Roofs Ecology Research Center; http://kadasgre.haifa.ac.il

Phone: +972-4-8240736

Research Interests

I am interested in conceptual problems in ecology at the behavioral, population, and community levels and applied problems including epidemiology, biological control and conservation. Much of my recent research centers around temporary pools as a model for addressing conceptual ecological questions and for addressing questions dealing with such applied problems as mosquito population regulation, amphibian conservation and biodiversity conservation. My colleagues and I take several approaches, including a reductionist one, to assess how various factors affect temporary pool community structure – both abiotic and biotic factors. Currently, problems that my lab members and I are concentrating on are:

  1. oviposition habitat selection in response to risk of predation and the consequences of such behavior on population and community dynamics at various scales.
  2. population ecology, conservation genetics and life history strategies of amphibians, particularly the fire salamander, Salamandra infraimmaculata.
  3. determinants of, and conservation of, biodiversity in temporary pools - both freshwater and coastal rock pools.
  4. roles of host behavior and anthropogenic landscape alterations on ecology of infectious diseases.
  5. ecology and conservation of sharks.
  6. green roof ecology.


Years Institution Field Degree
1971-1975 Cook College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Environmental Sciences B.S.
1975-1978 Rutgers University, New Brunswick Ecology M.S.
1982-1983 University of California at Berkeley Epidemiology M.P.H.
1983-1988 University of California at Davis Ecology Ph.D.
1988-1990 Dept. of Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University Biological Control Postdoc
1990-1991 Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University, Sde Boker Campus Ecology Postdoc

Academic Ranks

Years Institution and department Rank
1988 Dept of Entomology, Michigan State University Visiting scientist
1991-1992 Mitrani Ecology Center, Blaustein Institute, Ben-Gurion University, Sde Boker Campus Visiting scientist
1992-1999 Overseas Program, University of Haifa External lecturer
1992-1997 Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa Researcher
1994-1998 Life Sciences Department, Ben-Gurion University Ecological consultant
1995 Laboratory of Populations, Rockefeller University Visiting scientist
1997-1999 Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa Senior Researcher
1999-2003 Institute of Evolution, Faculty of Sciences, University of Haifa Senior lecturer
2003-2010 Institute of Evolution and Dept. of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Haifa Associate Professor
2004-2005 Biology Department, Washington University, St Louis Visiting professor
2005 Ecology and Entomology Depts, Rutgers University Visiting professor
2010-present Institute of Evolution and Dept. of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Haifa Full professor

Editorial Boards

  • Editor-in-Chief , Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution (1/06-present)
  • Reviews Editor, Ecology Letters (4/02-4/05)
  • Editorial Board, Ecology Letters (6/99-12/07)
  • Editorial Board, Israel Journal of Zoology (1/99 to 12/05)
  • Guest editor, Israel Journal of Zoology, special issue on temporary pool ecology (2001)
  • Guest editor, Israel Journal of Zoology, special issue on risk of predation (2004)
  • Guest editor, Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution, special issue on roles of community interactions on vector and vector borne disease dynamics (2010)
  • Guest editor, Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution, special issue on integrating ecology into green roof research (2016)

Current Research Grants

Years Granting Agency Title Collaborators Amount
2012-2016 Peter & Gyongyver Kadas Family Donation Green Roof Ecology Gyongyver Kadas, Gary Grant, Lior Blank, Noam Greenbaum, Dan Malkinson, Merav Seifan 1 million USD
2012-2016 Israel Science Foundation Species Diversity, Community Simplification and Mosquito Dynamics Consultant: Matthew Spencer (University of Liverpool) 220,000 USD
2013-2018 Deustch-Israel Project (DIP) Local Adapatation, phenotypic plasticity and gene expression in two salamanders Alan Templeton (Haifa Univ), Sebastian Steinfartz (Bielefeld Univ), Arne Nolte (Max Planck Inst) 1.6 million Euros
2013-2015 Israel Mininstry of Environmental Proetction Integrating photovoltaic panels and green roofs Lior Blank (Green Roofs Center, Haifa Univ) 121,000 NIS
2013- 2015 Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection Irrigating green roofs with gray water Noam Greenbaum (Green Roofs Center, Haifa Univ) 149,000 NIS

List of Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Saward-Arav, DL., Sadeh, A., Mangel, M., Templeton, A.R., Blaustein. L. 2015. Oviposition responses of two mosquito species to pool size and predator presence: varying trade-offs between desiccation and predation risks? Special issue on predation risk. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution (accepted) PDF [* Journal Link]

Czypionka, T., Krugman, T., Altmüller, J., Blaustein, L, Steinfartz, S., Templeton, A.R., Nolte, A.W. Ecological transcriptomics – a nonlethal sampling approach for endangered fire salamanders. Methods in Ecology and Evolution (accepted) PDF [* Journal Link]

Sadeh, A. Mangel, M., Polevikove, A., Blaustein, L. Intercohort size structure dynamics of fire salamander larvae in ephemeral habitats: a mesocosm experiment. Oecologia (in press) PDF [* Journal Link]

Segev, O. Polevikove. A., Blank, L., Goedbloed, D, Küpfer. E. Gershberg, A., Koplovich, A., Blaustein, L. 2015. Effects of tail clipping on larval performance and tail regeneration rates in the Near Eastern Fire Salamander, Salamandra infraimmaculata. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128077. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0128077 PDF [* Journal Link]

Schindler, B., Blank, L., Levy, S., Pearlmutter, D., Kadas, G., Blaustein, L. 2015. Integration of photovoltaic panels and green roofs: review and predictions of effects on electricity production and plant communities. Special Issue on Integrating Ecology into Green Roof Research, Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution. (in press) PDF [* Journal Link]

Stein, M., Blaustein, L. 2015. Larval performance and oviposition habitat selection in response to conspecific larval density of the tree frog, Hyla savignyi. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution. 61:1, 61-66, DOI: 10.1080/15659801.2015.1041260 PDF [* Journal Link]

Eduard Solà, Ronald Sluys, Ori Segev, Leon Blaustein, Marta Riutort. 2015. The taxonomic status of Dugesia biblica from Israel and Turkey (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Dugesiidae). Zookeys 506:1-12 doi: 10.3897/zookeys.506.9663 PDF [* Journal Link]

Kershenbaum A, Blank L, Sinai I, Merilä J, Blaustein L, Templeton A. 2014. Genetic indications of landscape dispersal behaviour: a theoretical model and empirical test using the fire salamander, Salamandra infraimmaculata. Oecologia 175: 509-520 PDF [* Journal Link]

Silberbush, A, Tsurim, I, Margalith Y., and Blaustein L. 2014. Interactive effects of salinity and a predator on mosquito oviposition and larval performance. Oecologia 175:565–575 PDF [* Journal Link]

Segev, O., Blaustein, L. 2014. Influence of water velocity and predation risk on fire salamander (Salamandra infraimmaculata) larval drift between temporary pools in ephemeral streams. Freshwater Science 33:950-957 PDF [* Journal Link]

Blank L and Blaustein L (2014). A multi-scale analysis of breeding site characteristics of the endangered fire salamander (Salamandra infraimmaculata) at its extreme southern range limit. Hydrobiologia 726: 229-244. PDF Journal Link

Blaustein J, Sadeh A, Blaustein L (2014). Influence of fire salamander larvae on among-pool distribution of mosquito egg rafts: Oviposition habitat selection or egg raft predation? Hydrobiologia PDF Journal Link

Blank L, Vasl A, Levy S, Grant G, Kadas G, Dafni A and Blaustein L (2013). Directions in green roof research: a bibliometric study. Building and Environment 66: 23-128 PDF Journal Link

Tsurim, I, Silberbush, A, Ovadia, O, Blaustein, L, Margalith, Y (2013) Inter- and intra-specific density-dependent effects on life history and development strategies of larval mosquitoes. PLoS One PDF Journal Link

Blank L, Sinai I, Bar-David S, Peleg N, Segev O, Sadeh A, Kopelman MN, Templeton AR, Merilä J and Blaustein L (2013) Genetic population structure of the endangered fire salamander (Salamandra infraimmaculata) at the southernmost extreme of its distribution. Animal Conservation 16: 412-421 PDF Journal Link

Kershenbaum A, Stone L, Ostfeld RS, Blaustein L (2012) Modelling transmission of vector-borne pathogens when vector-feeding sites are limited: a departure from frequency-dependence. PLoS ONE 7(5): e36730 PDF Journal Link

Kershenbaum A, Ilany A, Blaustein L, Geffen E (2012) Syntactic structure and geographic dialects in the songs of male rock hyraxes. Proc. Royal Soc. B. 279, 2974–2981 PDF Journal Link

Blank L and Blaustein L (2012) Using ecological niche modeling to predict the distributions of two endangered amphibian species in aquatic breeding sites. Hydrobiologia 693: 157-167 PDF Journal Link

Kershenbaum A, Spencer M, Blaustein L, Cohen JE (2012) Modelling evolutionarily stable strategies in oviposition site selection, with varying risks of predation and intraspecific competition. Evolutionary Ecology 26: 955-974 PDF Journal Link

Warburg A, Faiman R, Shtern A, Silberbush A, Markman S, Cohen JE, Blaustein L (2011) Oviposition habitat selection by Anopheles gambiae in response to chemical cues by Notonecta maculata. Journal of Vector Ecology 32(2): 421-425 PDF [* Journal Link]

Silberbush A, Blaustein L (2011) Mosquito females quantify risk of predation to their progeny when selecting an oviposition site. Functional Ecology 21: 1091-1095. PDF [* Journal Link]

Segev O, Mangel M, Wolf N, Sadeh A, Kershenbaum A, Blaustein L (2011) Spatio-temporal reproductive strategies in the fire salamander: a model and empirical test. Behavioral Ecology 22:670–678 PDF Journal Link

Sadeh A, Truskanov N, Mangel M, Blaustein L (2011) Larval responses to desiccated conspecifics: compensatory development and costs of plasticity. PLoS One 6(1). e15602. PDF Journal Link

Kershenbaum A, Kershenbaum A, Blaustein L (2011) Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) den site selection: preference for artificial sites. Wildlife Research 38, 244–248 PDF Journal Link

Kershenbaum A, Stone L, Kotler BP, Blaustein L (2010) Predation risk can drive cycles in zoonotic disease prevalence. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 56: 281-295 PDF Journal Link

Vonesh J, Blaustein L (2010) Implications of predator-induced shifts in mosquito oviposition site selection for vector control: a meta-analysis. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution. 56:263-279 PDF [* Journal Link]

Blaustein L, Ostfeld RS, Holt RD (2010) A community-ecology framework for understanding vector and vector-borne disease dynamics. Israel Journal Of Ecology & Evolution 56:251-262 PDF [* Journal Link]

Eitam A, Blaustein L (2010) Effects of predator density and duration on crustacean abundance and diversity in experimental pools. Hydrobiologia 652: 269-276 PDF [* Journal Link]

Silberbush A, Markman S, Lewinsohn E, Bar E, Cohen JE, Blaustein L (2010) Mosquitoes use hydrocarbons to detect larval predators when selecting an oviposition site. Ecology Letters 13: 1129-1138 PDF [* Journal Link]

Stav G, Kotler BP, Blaustein L (2010) Foraging response to risks of predation and competition in temporary pools. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 56:9-20 PDF [* Journal Link]

Pearlson O, Blaustein L, Snir S, Goldberg D, Degani G (2010) Molecular Variation in Triturus vittatus vittatus (Urodela) from Breeding Sites Near the Southern Extremity of its Distribution Revealed by DNA Sequencing of Mitochondrial Cytochrome b Gene and Control Region. Current Herpetology 29:11-122 PDF [* Journal Link]

Segev O, Hill N, Templeton AR, Blaustein L (2010) Population size, structure and phenology of an endangered salamander, Salamandra infraimmaculata, at temporary and permanent breeding sites. Journal for Nature Conservation 18: 189–195 PDF [* Journal Link]

Sadeh A, Mangel M, Blaustein L (2009) Context-dependent reproductive habitat selection: the interactive roles of structural complexity and cannibalistic conspecifics. Ecology Letters 12:1158-1164 PDF [* Journal Link]

Markman S, Hill N, Todrank J, Heth G, Blaustein L (2009) Differential aggressiveness covaries with genetic similarity in fire salamander larvae. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63:1149–1155

Segev O, Mangel M, Blaustein L (2009) Deleterious effects of mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) on fire salamander (Salamandra infraimmaculata) larvae. Animal Conservation 12: 29-37

Noreña C, Eitam A, Blaustein L (2008) “Microturbellarian” flatworms from freshwater pools: New species and records from Israel. Zootaxa 1705:1-20

Silberbush A, Blaustein L (2008) Oviposition habitat selection by a mosquito in response to a predator: are predator-released kairomones air-borne cues? Journal of Vector Ecology 33:208-211

Bar-David S, O. Segev, N. Peleg, N. Hill, A.R. Templeton, C. B. Schultz, L. Blaustein (2007) Long distance movements by fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra infraimmaculata) and implications for habitat fragmentation. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 53:179-196.

Segev, O. and L. Blaustein (2007) Priority effects of the early breeding fire salamander on the late breeding banded newt. Hydrobiologia 583: 275-28

Stav, G., Blaustein L., Kotler, B.P (2007) Direct and indirect effects of dragonfly (Anax imperator) nymphs on green toad (Bufo viridis) tadpoles. Hydrobiologia 579:85-93

Blaustein, L. and Chase, J.M. (2007) The role of species sharing the same trophic level as mosquitoes on mosquito populations. Annual Review of Entomology 52:489-507

Arav, D., and L. Blaustein. (2006) Effects of Pool Depth and Risk of Predation on Oviposition Habitat Selection by Temporary Pool Dipterans. Journal of Medical Entomology 43: 443-497

Larsen, E. and Blaustein, L. (2005) New backswimmer (Heteroptera: Notonectidae) records for Israel. Zoology in the Middle East 36:114-116.

Gallitano, S., L. Blaustein, and J. Vonesh. (2005) First occurrence of Ochlerotatus japonicus in Missouri. Journal of Vector Ecology 30:347-348

Eitam, A., L. Blaustein and Marc Mangel (2005) Density and intercohort priority effects on larval Salamandra salamandra in temporary pools. Oecologia 146:36-42

Blaustein, L., J. Blaustein and J. Chase. (2005) Chemical detection of the predator Notonecta irrorata by ovipositing Culex mosquitoes. Journal of Vector Ecology 30:299-301

Silberbush, A., Blaustein, L. and Margalit, Y. (2005) Influence of salinity concentration on insect community structure: a mesocosm experiment in the Dead Sea Basin Region. Hydrobiologia 548:1-10

Stav, G., Blaustein, L. and Margalit, Y. (2005) Individual and interactive effects of a predator (Anax imperator) and species sharing the same trophic level as mosquito larvae on mosquito populations. Ecological Applications 15:587-598

Eitam, A. and L. Blaustein. (2004) Oviposition habitat selection by mosquitoes in response to predator (Notonecta maculata) density. Physiological Entomology 29: 188-191

Eitam, A., L. Blaustein, K. Van Damme, H. J. Dumont & K. Martens. (2004) Crustacean species richness in temporary pools: relationships with habitat traits. Hydrobiologia 525:125-130

Eitam, A. Norena, C., and L. Blaustein. (2004) Microturbellarian species richness and community similarity among temporary pools: relationships with habitat properties. Biodiversity and Conservation 13: 2107-2117

Blaustein, L., Kiflawi, M., Eitam, A., Mangel, M. and Cohen, J.E. (2004) Oviposition habitat selection in response to risk of predation: Mode of detection consistency across experimental venue. Oecologia 138: 300-305

Kiflawi, M., Eitam, A., and Blaustein, L. (2003) The relative impact of local and regional processes on macro-invertebrate species richness in temporary ponds. Journal of Animal Ecology 72: 447-452

Kiflawi, M., Blaustein, L., and Mangel, M. (2003) Oviposition habitat selection in a mosquito, Culiseta longiareolata in response to risk of predation and conspecific density. Ecological Entomology 28:168-173

Kiflawi, M., Blaustein, L, and M. Mangel. (2003) Predation-dependent oviposition habitat selection by the mosquito Culiseta longiareolata: a test of competing hypotheses. Ecology Letters 6:35-40

Eitam, A., Pavlicek, T., Blaustein, L. and Nevo, E. (2002) Effects of inter- and intra-slope contrasts at ‘ Evolution Canyon ’, Israel , on a gall aphid and its natural enemies. Journal of Mediterranean Ecology 4:47-52

Eitam, A., L. Blaustein, M. Mangel. (2002) Effects of Anisops sardea (Hemiptera: Notonectidae) on oviposition habitat selection by mosquitoes and other dipterans and community structure in artificial pools. Hydrobiologia 485: 183-189

Martens, K., S.S. Schwartz, C. Meisch, and L. Blaustein. (2002) Non-marine Ostracoda (Crustacea) of Mount Carmel (Israel), with taxonomic notes on the Eucypridinae and circum-mediterranean Heterocypris. Israel Journal of Zoology 48:53-70

Eitam, A., L. Blaustein. (2002) Non-invasive individual identification of larval Salamandra using tail-fin spot patterns. Amphibia-Reptilia 23: 215-219

Spencer, M., L. Blaustein and J.E. Cohen (2002) Oviposition habitat selection by mosquitoes (Culiseta longiareolata) and consequences for population size. Ecology 83:669-679

Spencer, M., S.S. Schwartz and L. Blaustein (2002) Are there fine-scale spatial patterns in community similarity among temporary freshwater pools? Global Ecology and Biogeography 11:71-78

Spencer, M. and L. Blaustein (2001) Hatching responses of temporary pool invertebrates in response to environmental signals. Israel Journal of Zoology 47:397-418

Spencer, M. and L. Blaustein (2001) Risk of predation and hatching of resting eggs in the ostracod Heterocypris incongruens. Journal of Crustacean Biology 21: 575-581

Blaustein, L., and S.S. Schwartz (2001) Why study ecology in temporary pools? Israel Journal of Zoology 47:303-312

Stav, G., L. Blaustein, and Y. Margalit (2000) Influence of nymphal Anax imperator (Odonata: Aeshnidae) on oviposition by the mosquito Culiseta longiareolata (Diptera:Culicidae) Journal of Vector Ecology 25:190-202

Blaustein, L., J. Garb, D. Shebitz and E. Nevo (1999) Microclimate and community structure in temporary pools. Hydrobiologia 192: 187-196

Stav, G., L. Blaustein, J. Margalit. (1999) Experimental evidence for predation sensitive oviposition by a mosquito, Culiseta longiareolata. Ecological Entomology 24:202-207

Spencer, M., L. Blaustein, S.S. Schwartz, and J.E. Cohen. (1999) Species richness and the proportion of predatory species in temporary pools: relationships with habitat size and permanence. Ecology Letters 2:157-166

Blaustein, L. (1998) Influence of the predatory backswimmer, Notonecta maculata, on pool community structure. Ecological Entomology 23: (3) 246-252

Chikatunov, V., M. Lillig, T. Pavliceck, L. Blaustein and E. Nevo. (1997) Biodiversity and local differentiation of insects at "Evolution Canyon" microsite, Nahal Oren, Mt Carmel, Israel. I. Tenebrionidae. Journal of Arid Environments 37:367-377

Blaustein, L. and B.P. Kotler. (1997) Differential development rates of two color morphs of green toad (Bufo viridis) tadpoles. Israel Journal of Zoology 43:205-207

Couch, L, L. Blaustein, D.W. Duszinski, G. Shenbrot, and E. Nevo. (1997) A new coccidian from Acomys cahirinus Desmarest, 1819 from Lower Nahal Oren, Mount Carmel, Israel. Journal of Parasitology 83:276-279

Blaustein, L. (1997) Nonconsumptive effects of larval Salamandra on its crustacean prey: can eggs detect predators? Oecologia 110:212-217

Blaustein, L., B.P. Kotler and E. Nevo. (1996) Biodiversity and microhabitat utilization of the rodent community along opposing slopes of Nahal Oren, Mount Carmel. Israel Journal of Zoology 42: 327-333

Blaustein, L., J. Friedman, and T. Fahima. (1996) Larval Salamandra drive temporary pool community dynamics: evidence from an artificial pool experiment. Oikos 76:392-402.

Blaustein, L. and J. Margalit. (1996) Priority effects in temporary pools: Nature and outcome of mosquito larva-toad tadpole interactions depend on order of entrance. Journal of Animal Ecology 65:77-84.

Kotler, B. P. and L. Blaustein. (1995) Titrating food and safety in a heterogeneous environment: When are the risky and safe patches of equal value? Oikos 74:251-258.

Blaustein, L., B. Kotler and D. Ward. (1995) Direct and indirect effects of a predatory backswimmer (Notonecta maculata) on community structure of desert temporary pools. Ecological Entomology 20:311-318

Blaustein, L. and J. Margalit. (1995) Spatial distributions of Culiseta longiareolata and Bufo viridis within and among desert pools. Journal of Arid Environments 29:199-211.

Ward, D. and L. Blaustein. (1994) The overriding influence of flash floods on species:area curves in ephemeral Negev desert pools: a consideration of the value of island biogeography theory. Journal of Biogeography 21:595-603

Blaustein, L. (1994) Mosquitoes, malaria and the Hula wetlands: Will reflooding bring back old problems? Ecology and Environment 4:231-238.

Blaustein, L. and J. Margalit. (1994) Mosquito larvae (Culiseta longiareolata) compete with and prey upon toad (Bufo viridis) immatures. Journal of Animal Ecology 63:841-850.

Blaustein, L. and J. Margalit. (1994) Differential prey vulnerability of various mosquito species to the cyclopoid copepod, Acanthocyclops viridis. Israel Journal of Zoology 40:55-60.

Blaustein, L. and A. Byard. (1993) Predation by Aphanius mento on Culex pipiens: The effect of alternative prey and vegetation. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. 9:356-358.

Kotler, B. P., L. Blaustein and H. Dednam. (1993) The specter of predation: influence of vipers on the foraging behavior of two desert gerbils. Israel Journal of Zoology 39:11-21.

Blaustein, L. and B.P. Kotler. (1993) Oviposition habitat selection by Culiseta longiareolata: effects of immature conspecifics, tadpoles and food levels. Ecological Entomology, 18:104-108.

Kotler, B.P., L. Blaustein and J.S. Brown. (1992) Predator facilitation: The combined effects of two different predators on foraging in gerbils. Ann. Zool. Fennici. 29:199-206.

Blaustein, L. (1992) Larvivorous fishes fail to control mosquitoes in experimental plots. Hydrobiologia 232:219-232.

Blaustein, L. and J. Margalit. (1991) Indirect effects of the fairy shrimp, Branchipus schaefferi and two ostracod species on Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis-induced mortality to mosquitoes. Hydrobiologia 212:67-76.

Blaustein, L. and H. Dumont. (1990) Typhloplanid flatworms: Mechanisms of predation and evidence that they structure aquatic invertebrate communities. Hydrobiologia 198: 61-77.

Blaustein, L. and R. Karban. (1990) Indirect effects of the mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, on the mosquito, Culex tarsalis. Limnology and Oceanography 35:767-771.

Blaustein, L. (1990) Evidence for predatory flatworms as organizers of zooplankton and mosquito community structure in rice fields. Hydrobiologia 199:179-191.

Blaustein, L. (1989) Spatial distributions of Anopheles freeborni, Gambusia affinis and Lepomis cyanellus in experimental rice fields. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 5:254-257.

Blaustein, L. (1989) Factors affecting the efficiency of minnow traps to sample populations of mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) and green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus). Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 5:29-35.

Chapters in Books

Boix, D., Kneitel, J., Duchet, C., Robson, BJ., Zúñiga, L., Day, J., Gascón, S., Sala, J., Quintana, X.D, Blaustein, L. Invertebrates of temporary ponds in Mediterranean climates. In: Baxter D., Boix, D. Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands: An international perspective on their ecology. Springer (accepted)

Whitman, D.W. and L. Blaustein. (2009) Natural Enemy-Induced Plasticity in Plants and Animals. In: Whitman D. (ed) Phenotypic Plasticity in Insects: Mechanisms and Consequences. Science Pub Inc. pp. 177-261

Blaustein, L. and D.W. Whitman. (2009) Behavioral Plasticity in response to risk of predation: Oviposition habitat selection by a mosquito. In: Whitman D. & TN Ananthakrishnan (ed) Phenotypic Plasticity in Insects: Mechanisms and Consequences. Science Pub Inc. pp. 263-280.

Blaustein, L. and M. Spencer. (2005) Sampling Aquatic Insects. In: Insect Sampling in Forest Ecosystems: Methods in Ecology Series. Leather, S. (ed). Blackwell Science. Pp. 186-220.

Mitchell, W.A., Kotler, B.P., J.S. Brown, L. Blaustein, S. Dall. (2004) Species diversity in relation to habitat structure, environmental variability and species interactions. In: Gosz, J., S. Pickett, M. Shachak, and A. Perevelotsky (eds), Drylands Biodiversity, Oxford Press.

Blaustein, L. (1999) Oviposition habitat selection in response to risk of predation: Consequences for populations and community structure. In: Evolutionary Processes and Theory: Modern Perspectives. Ed. by S. P. Wasser, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 441-456.

Edited Compendia

Blaustein, L., Kadas, G., Gurevitch, J. (editors). 2016. Integrating Ecology into Green roof research. Taylor & Francis, Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 62:1-116

Blaustein L., Ostfeld, R.S., Holt, R.D. (editors) 2010. Community interactions affecting vectors and vector-borne disease dynamics. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution. 213 pp.

Blaustein, L., Kotler, B.P., and Brown, J.S. (editors) 2004. Risk of Predation: Prey and Predator Responses. Special expanded issue of Israel Journal of Zoology. Laser Pages, Jerusalem. 169 pages

Blaustein, L. and Schwartz, S.S. (editors) 2001. Ecology of Temporary Pools. Special expanded issue of the Israel Journal of Zoology. Laser Pages, Jerusalem. 220 pages


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