ד"ר פרידה מתנה בן-עמי

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ד"ר פרידה מתנה בן-עמי
טלפון פנימי: 03-6406080
פקס: 03-6405347
משרד: שרמן, 304

Research Interests

Our research combines ecology and evolutionary biology to examine host-parasite interactions. We freshwater fish and crustaceans to investigate a diverse array of questions, such as why sexual reproduction is favored over asexual reproduction in the presence of parasites? How infection by multiple parasite strains or species affects the evolution of virulence? How environmental, epigenetic and maternal effects influence host immunity? And what is the role of parasitism in the maintenance of hybrids?

 

Specific topics include:

  • Evolution of sexual reproduction
  • Multiple infections and the evolution of virulence
  • Environmental, epigenetic, and maternal effects on host immunity
  • Hybrids and parasitism

 

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

 

• Guttel, Y. & Ben-Ami, F. 2014. The maintenance of hybrids by parasitism in a freshwater snail. International Journal for Parasitology 44: 1001-1008.

 

• Goren, L., Routtu, J. & Ben-Ami, F. 2014. Trematode-associated morbidity and mortality of tadpoles in Israel. Parasitology Research. 113: 3833-3841.

 

• Routtu, J., Grunberg, D., Izhar, R., Dagan, Y., Guttel, Y., Ucko, M. & Ben-Ami, F. 2014. Selective and universal primers for trematode barcoding in freshwater snails. Parasitology Research 113: 2535-2540.

 

• Sheikh-Jabbari, E., Hall, M., Ben-Ami, F. & Ebert, D. (2014). The expression of virulence for a mixed-mode transmitted parasite in a diapausing host. Parasitology 141: 1097-1107.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. (2014). Mollusk shells from the excavation at Bet She’an (Youth Hostel). ‘Atiqot 77: 132, 149-151.

 

• Dagan, Y., Liljeroos, K., Jokela, J. & Ben-Ami, F. 2013. Clonal diversity driven by parasitism in a freshwater snail. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 2509-2519.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Routtu, J. 2013. The expression and evolution of virulence in multiple infections: The role of specificity, relative virulence and relative dose.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 97.

 

• Haag, K., Sheikh-Jabbari, E., Ben-Ami, F. & Ebert, D. 2013. Microsatellite and single nucleotide polymorphisms indicate recurrent transitions to asexuality in a microsporidian parasite. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:

1117-1128.

 

• Goren, L. & Ben-Ami, F. 2013. Ecological correlates between cladocerans and their endoparasites from permanent and rain pools: Patterns in community composition and diversity. Hydrobiologia 701: 13-23.

 

 • Ben-Ami, F., Rigaud, T. & Ebert, D. 2011. The expression of virulence during double infections by different parasites with conflicting host exploitation and transmission strategies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1307-1316.

 

• Duneau, D., Luijckx, P., Ben-Ami, F., Laforsch, C. & Ebert, D. 2011. Resolving the infection process reveals striking differences in the contribution of environment, genetics and phylogeny to host-parasite interactions. BMC Biology 9: 11.

 

• Luijckx, P., Ben-Ami, F., Mouton, L., Du Pasquier, L. & Ebert, D. 2011. Cloning of the unculturable parasite Pasteuria ramosa and its Daphnia host reveals extreme genotype-genotype interactions. Ecology Letters 14: 125-131.

 

• Ben-Ami, F., Ebert, D. & Regoes, R. R. 2010. Pathogen dose infectivity curves as a method to analyze the distribution of host susceptibility: A quantitative assessment of maternal effects after food stress and pathogen exposure. The American Naturalist 175: 106-115.

 

• Qi, W., Nong, G., Preston, J. F., Ben-Ami, F. & Ebert, D. 2009. Comparative metagenomics of Daphnia symbionts. BMC Genomics 10: 172.

 

• Ben-Ami, F., Mouton, L. & Ebert, D. 2008. The effects of multiple infections on the expression and evolution of virulence in a Daphnia-endoparasite system. Evolution 62: 1700-1711.

 

• Ben-Ami, F., Regoes, R. R. & Ebert, D. 2008. A quantitative test of the relationship between parasite dose and infection probability across different host-parasite combinations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 853-859.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2008. Sex versus parasitism versus density. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 93: 537-544.

 

• Sivan, N., Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2007. Taxonomy of Pliocene and quaternary Thiaridae (Gastropoda) of Israel. Journal of Conchology 39: 411-424.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2007. Temporal patterns of geographic parthenogenesis in a freshwater snail. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 91: 711-718.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. 2006. First report of the invasive freshwater snail Tarebia granifera (Lamarck, 1816) (Gastropoda: Thiaridae) from Israel. The Nautilus 120: 156-161.

 

• Lefcort, H., Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2006. Terrestrial snails use predator-diet to assess danger. Journal of Ethology 24: 97-102.

 

• Ben-Ami, F., Gold, D. & Fried, B. 2005. Differential infectivity of Transversotrema patialense for na?ve fish. Journal of Parasitology 91: 949-950.

 

• Heller, J., Mordan, P., Ben-Ami, F. & Sivan, N. 2005. Conchometrics, systematics and distribution of Melanopsis (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Levant. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 144: 229-260.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Hodgson, A. N. 2005. Ovoviviparity and the structure of the brood pouch in Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Prosobranchia: Thiaridae). Journal of Morphology 263: 322-329.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2005. Spatial and temporal patterns of parthenogenesis and parasitism in the freshwater snail Melanoides tuberculata. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18: 138-146.

 

• Heller, J., Sivan, N. & Ben-Ami, F. 2002. Systematics of Melanopsis from the coastal plain of Israel (Gastropoda: Cerithioidea). Journal of Conchology 37: 589-606.

 

• Hodgson, A. N., Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2002. Ultrastructure of oogenesis in an ovoviviparous and an oviparous freshwater snail (Caenogastropoda). Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 41: 1-11.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2001. Biological control of aquatic pest snails by the black carp Mylopharyngodon piceus. Biological Control 22: 131-138.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Sivan, N. 2000. A survey of landsnails from southwestern Jordan. Israel Journal of Zoology 46: 181-191.

 

• Guttel, Y. & Ben-Ami, F. 2014. The maintenance of hybrids by parasitism in a freshwater snail. International Journal for Parasitology 44: 1001-1008.

 

• Goren, L., Routtu, J. & Ben-Ami, F. 2014. Trematode-associated morbidity and mortality of tadpoles in Israel. Parasitology Research. 113: 3833-3841.

 

• Routtu, J., Grunberg, D., Izhar, R., Dagan, Y., Guttel, Y., Ucko, M. & Ben-Ami, F. 2014. Selective and universal primers for trematode barcoding in freshwater snails. Parasitology Research 113: 2535-2540.

 

• Sheikh-Jabbari, E., Hall, M., Ben-Ami, F. & Ebert, D. (2014). The expression of virulence for a mixed-mode transmitted parasite in a diapausing host. Parasitology 141: 1097-1107.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. (2014). Mollusk shells from the excavation at Bet She’an (Youth Hostel). ‘Atiqot 77: 132, 149-151.

 

• Dagan, Y., Liljeroos, K., Jokela, J. & Ben-Ami, F. 2013. Clonal diversity driven by parasitism in a freshwater snail. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 2509-2519.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Routtu, J. 2013. The expression and evolution of virulence in multiple infections: The role of specificity, relative virulence and relative dose.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 97.

 

• Haag, K., Sheikh-Jabbari, E., Ben-Ami, F. & Ebert, D. 2013. Microsatellite and single nucleotide polymorphisms indicate recurrent transitions to asexuality in a microsporidian parasite. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 1117-1128.

 

• Goren, L. & Ben-Ami, F. 2013. Ecological correlates between cladocerans and their endoparasites from permanent and rain pools: Patterns in community composition and diversity. Hydrobiologia 701: 13-23.

 

 • Ben-Ami, F., Rigaud, T. & Ebert, D. 2011. The expression of virulence during double infections by different parasites with conflicting host exploitation and transmission strategies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1307-1316.

 

• Duneau, D., Luijckx, P., Ben-Ami, F., Laforsch, C. & Ebert, D. 2011. Resolving the infection process reveals striking differences in the contribution of environment, genetics and phylogeny to host-parasite interactions. BMC Biology 9: 11.

 

• Luijckx, P., Ben-Ami, F., Mouton, L., Du Pasquier, L. & Ebert, D. 2011. Cloning of the unculturable parasite Pasteuria ramosa and its Daphnia host reveals extreme genotype-genotype interactions. Ecology Letters 14: 125-131.

 

• Ben-Ami, F., Ebert, D. & Regoes, R. R. 2010. Pathogen dose infectivity curves as a method to analyze the distribution of host susceptibility: A quantitative assessment of maternal effects after food stress and pathogen exposure. The American Naturalist 175: 106-115.

 

• Qi, W., Nong, G., Preston, J. F., Ben-Ami, F. & Ebert, D. 2009. Comparative metagenomics of Daphnia symbionts. BMC Genomics 10: 172.

 

• Ben-Ami, F., Mouton, L. & Ebert, D. 2008. The effects of multiple infections on the expression and evolution of virulence in a Daphnia-endoparasite system. Evolution 62: 1700-1711.

 

• Ben-Ami, F., Regoes, R. R. & Ebert, D. 2008. A quantitative test of the relationship between parasite dose and infection probability across different host-parasite combinations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 853-859.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2008. Sex versus parasitism versus density. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 93: 537-544.

 

• Sivan, N., Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2007. Taxonomy of Pliocene and quaternary Thiaridae (Gastropoda) of Israel. Journal of Conchology 39: 411-424.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2007. Temporal patterns of geographic parthenogenesis in a freshwater snail. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 91: 711-718.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. 2006. First report of the invasive freshwater snail Tarebia granifera (Lamarck, 1816) (Gastropoda: Thiaridae) from Israel. The Nautilus 120: 156-161.

 

• Lefcort, H., Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2006. Terrestrial snails use predator-diet to assess danger. Journal of Ethology 24: 97-102.

 

• Ben-Ami, F., Gold, D. & Fried, B. 2005. Differential infectivity of Transversotrema patialense for na?ve fish. Journal of Parasitology 91: 949-950.

 

• Heller, J., Mordan, P., Ben-Ami, F. & Sivan, N. 2005. Conchometrics, systematics and distribution of Melanopsis (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Levant. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 144: 229-260.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Hodgson, A. N. 2005. Ovoviviparity and the structure of the brood pouch in Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Prosobranchia: Thiaridae). Journal of Morphology 263: 322-329.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2005. Spatial and temporal patterns of parthenogenesis and parasitism in the freshwater snail Melanoides tuberculata. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18: 138-146.

 

• Heller, J., Sivan, N. & Ben-Ami, F. 2002. Systematics of Melanopsis from the coastal plain of Israel (Gastropoda: Cerithioidea). Journal of Conchology 37: 589-606.

 

• Hodgson, A. N., Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2002. Ultrastructure of oogenesis in an ovoviviparous and an oviparous freshwater snail (Caenogastropoda). Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 41: 1-11.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Heller, J. 2001. Biological control of aquatic pest snails by the black carp Mylopharyngodon piceus. Biological Control 22: 131-138.

 

• Ben-Ami, F. & Sivan, N. 2000. A survey of landsnails from southwestern Jordan. Israel Journal of Zoology 46: 181-191.

 

 

Book Chapters

 

 • Hawlena, H. & Ben-Ami, F. (in press). A community perspective on the evolution of virulence. In Morand, S., Krasnov, B., Littlewood, T. (eds), Parasite Diversity and Diversification: Evolutionary Ecology meets Phylogenetics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

 

 • Ben-Ami, F. 2011. Malacological Fauna in Area C. In Dagan, Y. (ed), The Ramat Bet Shemesh Regional Project: Landscapes of Settlement from the Paleolithic to the Ottoman Periods. Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem, Israel, pp. 160-165.

 

 • Hawlena, H. & Ben-Ami, F. (in press). A community perspective on the evolution of virulence. In Morand, S., Krasnov, B., Littlewood, T. (eds), Parasite Diversity and Diversification: Evolutionary Ecology meets Phylogenetics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

 

 • Ben-Ami, F. 2011. Malacological Fauna in Area C. In Dagan, Y. (ed), The Ramat Bet Shemesh Regional Project: Landscapes of Settlement from the Paleolithic to the Ottoman Periods. Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem, Israel, pp. 160-165.

 

 

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