single faculty member

  • Dr.

    Jean-Jacques Itzhak Martinez
  • Senior Lecturer

  • Environmental Sciences - B.Sc. Program
  • 972-546780166
  • Martinez@telhai.ac.il
    • Animal-plant interactions
    • The impact of land use on animal biodiversity
    • Impact of forest management on animal biodiversity
    • Biological conservation of insects
    • Beekeeping
    • Insects for food and feed
    • Self medication of insects
  • Education
    Ph.D. 2003, Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Tel Aviv University (Israel).
    M.Sc. 1996, Zoology (Cum laude), Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Tel Aviv University (Israel).
    B.Sc. 1989, Biology Teaching and Teaching Certificate (Cum laude), Oranim, Haifa University (Israel). 
     
    Academic and research experience
    2003-2004: Post-Doctoral fellow, Haifa University (Israel). Host: Prof. Moshe Inbar.
    2003-2007: Guest Lecturer. The Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Tel Hai College.
    2007- 2014 : Lecturer. The Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Tel Hai College.
    2011- 2017: Head of the Department of Animal Sciences, The Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Tel Hai College.
    2012- present: Head of the Animal Ecology and Biodiversity laboratory, Migal
     

  • Recently completed projects:

    1. 2010: “The Impact of ant manipulations on Planococcus ficus in vineyards as a solution against aphids”. Granted by the Head Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. In collaboration with Dr. Rakefet Sharon (PI) (Northern R&D). 
    2. 2010: “Ant Biodiversity in Bir’Am Forest” (PI). Granted by the Israel Taxonomy Initiative. In collaboration with Dr. Ionescu-Hirsch (Tel-Aviv University).
    3. 2010-2013: “Feeding stations in pastures: damage to the arthropod community” (PI). Granted by the Head Scientist of the Israel Ministry for the Environment Protection. 

    Topical projects:

    1. 2014-2016: "Biological diversity in the conifer forest in Israel: the use of different bio-indicators to examine the effects of forest management". Granted by the Jewish National Fund and the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. In collaboration with Dr. Oren Pearlson (PI) (Tel Hai College), Dr. Thomas Pavlitsak (Haifa University), Dr. Ury Pergman (HUJ), Dr. Yagil Assam (ARO). 
    2. 2014-2017: "Novel methods for controlling the Varroa mite in honey bee hives in Israel". Granted by the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Program: HOSEN) and the Israeli Honey Board. In collaboration with Dr. Eric Palevsky (PI) (ARO), Dr. Morad Gaanam (ARO), Prof. Sharon Shafir (HUJ), Dr. Nur Chejanovsky (ARO), Dr. Victoria Soroker (ARO).
    3. 2014-2016: "Honey bee pupae as a source for food for the future: scientific, economic and technological feasibility" (PI). Granted by the Research Authority, Tel Hai College. In Collaboration with Dr. Doron Lavi (Co-PI) (Tel Hai College), Dr. Adi Jonas (Tel Hai College), Dr. Ofir Benjamin (Tel Hai College), Dr. Roee Gutman (Tel Hai College).
    4. 2015-2017: "The interaction between an agricultural grazing system and the ecological Mediterranean grassland system: a multidisciplinary project". Granted by the Head Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. In collaboration with Dr. Zelman Henkin (PI) (ARO), Prof. Marcello Steirnberg (TAU), Dr. Serge Landau (ARO), Dr. David Unger (ARO), Mr. Yehuda Yehuda (Northern R&D), Dr. Yael Leor (ARO), Prof. Ido Izhaki (Haifa University).
    5. 2015-2018:  "Processing of agricultural plant waste, using the black soldier fly, for receiving compost and protein-rich animal feed". Granted by the Head Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development – program: "Centers of Excellence". In collaboration with Dr. Adi Jonas-Levi (PI) (Tel Hai College), Dr. Liora Shaltiel (Northern R&D) and Dr. Ofer Danay (Northern R&D).
    6. 2016-2018: "Alternative proteins and functional components from edible insects – research from farm to fork" (PI). Granted by the Head Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. In collaboration with Dr. Adi Jonas-Levi (Tel Hai College), Ofir Benjamin (Tel Hai College), Prof. Doron Lavi (Tel Hai College), Dr. Adi Behar (The Kameron Veterinarian Institute). 
    7. 2016-2017: "Biological diversity in pine forests in Israel: using bio-indicators to evaluate the impact of forest management". From the Israel Land Authority, The Fund of the open Land Protection  - 400,000 NIS (123,000US$). In collaboration with Dr Oren Pearlson (PI-Tel-Hai College), Dr Thomas Pavlicek (Haifa University), Dr Uri Pergman-Sapir (HUJ), Dr Ygil Assem (ARO), Prof. Segula Masaphy (Migal), Dr Yael Mandelik (HUJ). 
    • Teaching in academic institutions

    2003-today: The Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Tel Hai College

    Courses taught in the past five years: 
    1.    2003- today- The Fauna and Flora of Israel – undergraduate.
    2.    2007-today - Quantitative Ecology of Populations and Communities - undergraduate.
    3.    2007-2009 - Workshop in Applied Ecology - undergraduate.
    4.    2007-2011 - Plant-Animal Interactions - undergraduate.
    5.    2007-today - From Cells to Organism - undergraduate. 
    6.    2009- today- Seminar I / Seminar II in Environmental Sciences undergraduate.
    7.    2010-today - Introduction to Entomology and honeybees - undergraduate.
    8.    2011-today - Zoology- invertebrates- undergraduate.

     

    • Teaching in non-academic institutions

    1988-2004: Teacher of biology and environmental sciences in the Regional High School Anna Frank, kibbutz Sassa. Prize of The Environmental Minister of Israel for Secondary Schools for the Promotion of Environmental Education in 1999. 
    1999-2005: Galilee College. Introduction to Environmental Management (In French).
    2004: Ohalo College. Insects: an Educative Tool for Biology Teaching 
    2008-2011: Animal Sciences, Tel-Hai Technologic College: Veterinary Anatomy of systems; Regional Veterinary Anatomy.

     

    • International teaching – Summer Courses:

    o    Beekeeping (introduction and advanced courses), as emissary of Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Department of International Cooperation of the ministry: CINADCO) and Israel Foreign Office (MASHAV), at the invitation of local Ministries. Languages: French or English. Each course covered a period of two weeks: Madagascar (1997 – 2 courses), Ivory-Coast (1998 – 2 courses; 1999- 2 courses; 2001 – 2 courses), Nigeria (2007- 1 course).
    o    Ecology and Environmental Sciences to the managers of the "Organisation Nationale pour l’Environnement", Antananarivo (Madagascar), at the invitation and under the supervision of U.S.A.I.D. and U.N.P.D. (1999; 2007). Language: French. 

     

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    • 1992-1994: Fellowship from The Ministry Education of Israel.
    • 1997-2001: Fellowship from The Ministry Education of Israel.
    • 1997-2001: Mrs. and Mr. Sam Wijler Doctoral Fellowship.
    • 2003-2004: Post-doctoral Fellowship of Vatat (Higher Education Council, Israel) and Haifa University.
    • 2013: Award of Excellence in teaching from the vice president of Tel Hai College.
    • 2014: Award of Excellence in teaching from the vice president of Tel Hai College.
    • 2015: Credential of Excellence in teaching from the Student Association of Tel Hai College.
    • 2015: Credential of Excellence in teaching of the Department of Biotechnology, Tel Hai College.
    • 2015: Award of Research from Tel Hai College.
    • 2016: Credential of Excellence in teaching from the Student Association of Tel Hai College.
    • 2016: Award of Research from Tel Hai College.
    • 2016: Award of Excellence in teaching from the vice president of Tel Hai College.
    • 2017: Award of Research from Tel Hai College.

     

     

  • Full CV download
  • 1.    Martinez, J.-J. I. 1996. The Israel Zoological Society. The 34th Congress. Sexual size dimorphism in agamid lizards of Israel. 
    2.    Martinez, J.-J.I. & Wool, D. 1998. The Israel Zoological Society. The 36th Congress. Do Pistacia atlantica Desf. trees growing along road form a better habitat for gall-inducing aphids? P. 42. 
    3.    Martinez, J.-J.I. 2000. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 18th Meeting. Are Pistacia palaestina Boiss. trees growing alongside roads a better habitat for galling aphids? Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center.  
    4.    Martinez, J.-J.I., Mokady, O. & Wool, D.  2002. The Israel Zoological Society. The 39th Congress. Genetic isolation of gall–inducing aphids (Fordini) on Pistacia trees in a mosaic landscape. 
    5.    Martinez, J.-J.I. & Inbar, M. 2006. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 24th Meeting. Arboreal activity of ants in orchards: potential for biological control of pests? Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center.
    6.    Martinez, J.-J.I. 2008. Middle Eastern Biodiversity Network. Documenting, Analyzing and Managing Biodiversity in the Middle East. Biodiversity of Seed Harvester and Scavenger Ants on Roads in Northern Israel. Aqaba, Jordan. P. 52.
    7.    Martinez, J.-J.I. & Cohen M., 2008. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 27th Congress. Artificial Extra-Floral Nectaries against aphids. The Oranim Academic College. P.77. 
    8.    Martinez, J.-J.I. 2008. The Israel Zoological Society. The 45th Congress. Forda riccobonii [Stefani] – an aphid inducing galls on Pistacia atlantica Desf. Trees. The School of Sea Sciences, Mihmoret. P. 96. 
    9.    Martinez, J.-J.I. & Raz, R. 2009. 11th International Congress on the Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions. Differential responses of Gall-Inducing Aphids to the Foliose Lichen Xanthoria parietina on Pistacia atlantica Trees. Herakleion, Greece. P. 62.
    10.    Martinez, J.-J.I. & Inbar, M. 2009. The Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The 37th Congress. Ant Biodiversity on trees in the Mediterranean Maquis. The Weizmann Institute, Rehoboth.  
    11.    Martinez, J.-J.I. & Raz, R. 2009. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 28th Congress. The Epiphytic foliose lichen Xanthoria parietina as an environmental engineer for gall-inducing aphids on Pistacia atlantica Trees. The Tel Aviv University. P.74.
    12.    Martinez, J.-J.I. 2009. The Israel Zoological Society. The 46th Meeting. The Levin niche breadth of ant species in the Upper Galilee hills. The Haifa University. P. 43. 
    13.    Martinez, J.-J.I. 2010. The European Society of Entomology. IXth European Congress of Entomology. Ecology of the Galling Aphid Forda riccobonii (Stefani) on Pistacia atlantica Desf. in Natural Habitats. Budapest, Hungary. P. 81.
    14.    Martinez, J.-J.I. & Inbar, M. 2010. The European Society of Entomology. IXth European Congress of Entomology. Myrmecofauna on trees in Mediterranean Maquis. Budapest, Hungary. P. 245.
    15.    Martinez, J.-J.I. 2010. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 29th Congress. Impact of fertilization on a tri-trophic system in Pistacia atlantica trees. Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center. P.75.
    16.    Martinez, J.-J.I. 2010. The Israel Zoological Society. The 47th Meeting. Confirmation of the soil fertility hypothesis in galling aphids in Pistacia trees. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. P. 45.
    17.    Martinez, J.-J.I. & Margalit, S. 2011. The Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The 39th Congress.  Impact of heavy mechanical soil clearing on ant community. The Meggido Regional Council.
    18.    Martinez, J.-J.I., Riner, S., Sofer-Arad, K., Margalit, S. & Charon, R. 2011. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 30th Congress. The influence of the management and geographic region on the ant fauna in organic vineyards, related to Planococcus ficus. The Ben- Gurion University in the Negev, Sde Boker. P.83.
    19.    Martinez, J.-J.I., Amar, Z. & Ionescu-Hirsch, A. 2011. The Israel Zoological Society. The 48th Meeting. The ant community in Bar´am forest. The Tel Aviv University. P. 14.
    20.    Martinez, J.-J.I., Bar-Lee, C., Keidar, N., Dvash L. & Landau, S. 2011. The Israel Zoological Society. The 48th Meeting. Colony size, Tannin consumption and intestinal worms in Rock Hyrax. The Tel Aviv University. P. 15.
    21.    Martinez, J.-J.I., Amar, Z. & Ionescu-Hirsch, A. 2012. International Union for the Study of Social Insects. 5th Congress European Sections of the I.U.S.S.I. The value of a holy forest for Nature Conservation: ants in a refuge. Montecatini Terme, Italy. P.119.
    22.    Martinez, J.-J.I., Cabra, L., Freibah, M., Roeyh, M. & Amar, Z. 2012. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 31th Congress. Seed harvesting ant species in pasture: the effect of feeders on nest distribution and ant food. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Faculty of Agriculture, Rehoboth. P. 51.
    23.    Martinez, J.-J.I., Amar, Z. & Ionescu-Hirsch, A. 2012. The Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The 40th Congress. The value of holy forest protected during centuries for nature protection: the example of Bar'am. The Tel Aviv University. 
    24.    Cabra, L., Freibah, M., Reihman, O., Martinez, J.-J.I. 2012. The Israel Zoological Society. The 49th Meeting. Spatial distribution of seed harvester ants (genus: Messor) in pastures. The Ben- Gurion University in the Negev, Beersheba. P. 35. 
    25.    Freibah, M., Cabra, L., Amar, Z., Brauner, T., Melamed, Y., Martinez, J.-J.I. 2013. The Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The 41th congress. The impact of mangers on the menu of seed harvester ants (genus: Messor) in cattle' pastures. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Faculty of Agriculture, Rehoboth.  P. 141. 
    26.    Martinez J.-J.I. & Rafael Alvarez. 2013. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 32th Meeting. The histological structure of the galls induced by the fordine aphids in Pistacia palaestina trees.  The Oranim Academic College. p 66.
    27.    Martinez, J.-J.I., Amar, Z. & Ionescu-Hirsch, A. 2013. The Israel Zoological Society. The 50th Meeting. The impact of mangers on ant communities in cattle' pastures. The Tel Aviv University. P. 37.
    28.    Jonas, A., Benjamin, O. & Martinez, J.-J.I. 2014. Insects to Feed the World. Comparison of honeybee pupae composition from health and parasitized brood by Varroa. Ede, The Netherlands. P. 155.
    29.    *Martinez, J.-J.I., Cabra, L., Freibach, M., Amar, Z., Reichman, O. 2014. Royal Entomological Society. Xth European Congress of Entomology. The impact of feeders in pasture on ant communities. York, UK. P. 60.
    30.    *Martinez, J.-J.I., Benjamin, O. & Jonas-Levi, A. 2014. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 33th Meeting. The impact of Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) and age on honey bee pupae composition. Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center. P. 73.

    31.   *Martinez, J.-J.I. 2015. Congress of Researches on Environment. The Head Scientist of the Israel Ministry for the Environment Protection. “Feeding stations in pastures: damage to the ant community” (Invited Lecture). Porter School of Environment Studies, Tel Aviv University. 

    32. *Jonas, A., Benjamin, O. & Martinez, J.-J.I. 2015. The seventeenth Congress of Galilee Research. Honey bee brood as a potential food for health, Tel Hai College. P. 32.

    33. Kapp, G., Saaroni, H. & Martinez, J.-J.I. 2015. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 34th Meeting. The impact of thinning trees in planted pine forests on ant communities after 6 years. P. 50.

    34. *Noked, O., Martinez, J.-J.I., Jonas Levi, A. 2015. The 17th  Congress of Galilee Research. Nutritional quality of Honeybee (Apis mellifera) pupae compared to black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens). Tel Hai College.

    35. * Kapp, G., Saaroni, H. & Martinez, J.-J.I. 2015. The Israel Zoological Society. The 51th Meeting. The impact of pine forest thinning on micro-climate and ant communities. Ruppin Academic Center, School of Marine Sciences, p 20.

    36. * Jonas Levi, A., Danai, O., Shaltiel, L. & Martinez, J.-J.I. 2016. The 18th Congress of Galilee Research. The Black Soldier Fly – a biotechnological tool to manage agricultural wastes and produce feed mater. Tel Hai College. P. 45.

    37. * Kapp, G., Martinez, J.-J.I. & Saaroni, H. 2016. The Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The 44th congress. The long-term impacts of thinning in an old pine forest on micro-climate and arthropods. Tel Aviv University. P.

    38. * Jonas Levi, A., Danai, O., Shaltiel, L. & Martinez, J.-J.I. 2016. The first International Conference on Bioresource Technology for Bioenergy, Bioproducts & Environmental Sustainability. Decomposition of waste by black soldier fly larvae can be controlled. Sitges, Barcelona, Spain. P.

    39. *Martinez, J.-J.I., Behar, A., Benjamin, O., Danai, O., Jonas Levi, A., Lavi, D., Shaltiel, L. 2016. The Entomological Society of Israel. The 35th Meeting. Small animals – great programs: inter-disciplinary research on edible insects in Tel Hai College and Migal. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem. P. 42.

    40 *Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Jonas-Levi, A., Danai, O., Martinez, J.-J.I., Fichtman, B., Harel, A. (2017) "Insect Symbionts: Plasticity in Confronting Environmental Challenges. The microbial gut community of BSF (Hermatia illucens) is affected by the consumption of different agricultural wastes". Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Sede-Boqer Campus (Invited Lecture).

    41. *Martinez, J.-J.I., Grosman, R., Kapp, G., Henkin, Z. (2017). The 19th Congress of Galilee Research. The impacts of cattle' stock intensity on ant's communities in dry pastures. Tel Hai College. Pp 42.

    42. *Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Martinez, J.-J.I., Danay, O., ,Jonas-Levi, A. (2017)The 5th International Entomophagous Insects Conference – IEICI5. Post harvest utilization of the Black soldier fly BSF (Diptera: Stratiomyidae : Hermetia illucens) to reduce pest populations from agricultural wastes. Kyoto, Japan .