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Tikochinski, Y., Ohana, T., Motro, U. & Golani, D. (2024). Successful colonization of the Red Sea Yellowspotted Puffer, Torquigener flavimaculosus in the Mediterranean without a genetic bottleneck. Aquatic Invasions 19:25-34.  PDF

Bronstein, O., Motro, U., Simon-Blecher, N., Ndao, P.D., Savaya, A. & Achituv, Y. (2023). Molecular analysis separates the Atlantic population of Montagu’s stellate barnacle into two cryptic species. Zoologica Scripta 52:654661.  PDF

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Motro, U., Simon-Blecher, N., Bronstein, O., Frumin, S. & Achituv, Y. (2023). Brewed in the African pot: The phylogeography of the toothed barnacle Chthamalus dentatus (Chthamaloidea: Chthamalidae). Marine Biology Research 19:327341.  PDF

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Bar-Shai, N., Motro, U., Shmida, A. & Bloch, G. (2022). Earlier morning arrival to pollen rewarding flowers may enable feral bumble bees to outcompete local bees and expand their geographical distribution in a Mediterranean habitat. Insects 13:816.  PDF

Tikochinski, Y., Tamir, S., Simon-Blecher, N., Motro, U. & Achituv, Y. (2021). A star is torn – molecular analysis divides the Mediterranean population of Poli's stellate barnacle, Chthamalus stellatus (Cirripedia, Chtamalidae). PeerJ 9:e11826.  PDF


Tikochinski, Y., Motro, U., Simon-Blecher, N. & Achituv, Y. (2021). Molecular analysis reveals a cryptic species of Chthamalus (Crustacea: Cirripedia) in the Cape Verde Islands. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 193:1072–1087.  PDF


Pandey, A., Motro, U. & Bloch, G. (2020). Juvenile hormone affects the development and strength of circadian rhythms in young bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) workers. Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms 9 (Article 100056).  PDF

Pandey, A., Motro, U. & Bloch, G. (2020). Juvenile hormone interacts with multiple factors to modulate aggression and dominance in groups of orphan bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) workers. Hormones and Behavior 117 (Article 104602).  PDF


Katsnelson Ilan, E., Bobek, O., Gal, A., Saltz, D. & Motro, U. (2019). Nest-site fidelity in Lesser Kestrels: A case of Win–Stay/Lose–Shift? Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 65:106–110.  PDF

Gal, A., Saltz, D. & Motro, U. (2019). Effect of supplemental feeding on nesting success in the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni). Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 65:71–76.  PDF

Motro, Y., Ghendler, Y., Muller, Y., Goldin, Y., Chagina, O., Rimon, A., Harel, Y. & Motro, U. (2019). A comparison of trapping efficacy of 11 rodent traps in agriculture. Mammal Research 64:435–443.  Sharedit link:

Anglister, N., Yom-Tov, Y. & Motro, U. (2019). The impact of Acacia saligna and the loss of mobile dunes on rodent populations: a case study in the Ashdod-Nizzanim sands in Israel. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences 66:162–169.  PDF

Saltz, D., Berger-Tal, O., Motro, U., Shkedy, Y. & Raanan, N. (2019). Conservation implications of habituation in Nubian ibex in response to ecotourism. Animal Conservation 22:220–227.  PDF

Bobek, O., Gal, A., Saltz, D. & Motro, U. (2018). Effect of nest-site microclimatic conditions on nesting success in the Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni). Bird Study 65:444–450.  PDF


Voskoboinik, L., Motro, U. & Darvasi, A. (2018). Facilitating complex DNA mixture interpretation by sequencing highly polymorphic haplotypes. Forensic Science International: Genetics 35:136–140.  PDF


Yaniv-Feller, S., Orchan, Y., Bahat, O. & Motro, U. (2018). Male-biased investment during chick rearing in the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). Bird Study 65:270–273.  PDF


Waner, S., Motro, U., Lubin, Y. & Harari, A.R. (2018). Male mate choice in a sexually cannibalistic widow spider. Animal Behaviour 137:189–196.  PDF


Darawshi, S., Leshem, Y. & Motro, U. (2017). Aggregations and dietary changes of Short-toed Eagles – a new phenomenon associated with modern agriculture. Journal of Raptor Research 51:446–450.  PDF


Freund, M., Bahat, O. & Motro, U. (2017). Nest-site fidelity in Griffon Vultures: A case of Win–Stay/Lose–Shift? Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 63:39–43.  PDF


Freund, M., Bahat, O. & Motro, U. (2017). Breeding success and its correlation with nest-site characteristics: a study of a Griffon Vulture colony in Gamla, Israel. Journal of Raptor Research 51:136–144.  PDF 


Golani, D., Edelist, D., Lerner, A., Sonin, O. & Motro, U. (2017). A long term (1949–2010) study of catch and effort in Israeli trawl fishery, Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Acta Adriatica 58:157–164.  PDF


Motro, M., Motro, U. & Cohen, D. (2017). Forced associations by young queens of the harvester ant Messor semirufus during colony founding. Insectes Sociaux 64:179–187.  PDF


Motro, M., Motro, U. & Cohen, D. (2016). Decision making by young queens of the harvester ant Messor semirufus while searching for a suitable nesting site. Insectes Sociaux 63:615–622.  PDF


Shaham, R., Ben-Shlomo, R., Motro, U. & Keasar, T. (2016). Genome methylation patterns across castes and generations in a parasitoid wasp. Ecology and Evolution 6:7943–7953.  PDF


Reef, R., Slot, M., Motro, U., Motro, M., Motro, Y., Adame, M.F., Garcia, M., Aranda, J., Lovelock, C.E. & Winter, K. (2016). The effects of CO2 and nutrient fertilization on the growth and temperature response of the mangrove Avicennia germinans. Photosynthesis Research 129:159–170.  PDF


Zidon, R., Leshner, H., Motro, U. & Saltz, D. (2016). Endozoochory by the Persian fallow deer (Dama mesopotamica) reintroduced in Israel: species richness and germination success. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution  PDF


Tikochinski, Y., Russell, B., Hyams, Y., Motro, U. & Golani, D. (2016). Molecular analysis of the recently described lizardfish Saurida lessepsianus (Synodontidae) from the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, with remarks on its phylogeny and genetic bottleneck effect. Marine Biology Research 12:419–425.  PDF


Keasar, T., Motro, U. & Shmida, A. (2013). Temporal reward variability promotes sampling of a new flower type by bumblebees. Animal Behaviour 86:747–753.  PDF


Ilan, T., Katsnelson, E., Motro, U., Feldman, M.W. & Lotem, A. (2013). The role of beginner’s luck in learning to prefer risky patches by socially foraging house sparrows. Behavioral Ecology 24:1398–1406.  PDF


Zaken, N., Motro, U., Berdugo, R., Elkayam-Sapir, L. & Zamir, A. (2013). Can brothers share the same STR profile? Forensic Science International: Genetics 7:494–498. PDF


Tikochinski, Y., Shainin, I., Hyams, Y., Motro, U. & Golani, D. (2013). Genetic evidence for an undescribed species previously considered as Sillago sihama from the northern Red Sea. Marine Biology Research 9:240–246.  PDF


Belmaker, A., Motro, U., Feldman, M.W. & Lotem, A. (2012). Learning to choose among social foraging strategies in adult house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Ethology 118:1–11.  PDF


Barash, M., Reshef, A., Voskoboinik, L., Zamir, A., Motro, U. & Gafny, R. (2012). A search for obligatory paternal alleles in a DNA database in order to find an alleged rapist in a fatherless paternity case. Journal of Forensic Sciences 57:1098–1101.  PDF


Katsnelson, E., Motro, U., Feldman, M.W. & Lotem, A. (2012). Evolution of learned strategy choice in a frequency-dependent game. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:1176–1184.  PDF


Arbilly, M., Motro, U., Feldman, M.W. & Lotem, A. (2011). Recombination and the evolution of coordinated phenotypic expression in a frequency-dependent game. Theoretical Population Biology 80:244–255.  PDF


Arbilly, M., Motro, U., Feldman, M.W. & Lotem, A. (2011). Evolution of social learning when high expected payoffs are associated with high risk of failure. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 8:1604–1615.  PDF


Friedemann, G., Yom-Tov, Y., Motro, U. & Leshem, Y. (2011). Shift in nesting ground of the long-legged buzzard (Buteo rufinus) in Judea, Israel – an effect of habitat change. Biological Conservation 144:402–406.  PDF


Katsnelson, E., Motro, U., Feldman, M.W. & Lotem, A. (2011). Individual-learning ability predicts social-foraging strategy in house sparrows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278:582–589.  PDF


Leader, Z., Yom-Tov, Y. & Motro, U. (2010). Diet comparison between two sympatric owls – Tyto alba and Asio otus – in the Negev Desert, Israel. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 56:207–216.  PDF


Arbilly, M., Motro, U., Feldman, M.W. & Lotem, A. (2010). Co-evolution of learning complexity and social foraging strategies. Journal of Theoretical Biology 267:573–581.  PDF


Zidon, R., Saltz, D., Shore, L. S. & Motro, U. (2009). Behavioral changes, stress, and survival following reintroduction of Persian fallow deer from two breeding facilities. Conservation Biology 23:1026–1035.  PDF


Leader, Z., Yom-Tov, Y. & Motro, U. (2008). Diet of the Long-eared Owl in the northern and central Negev desert, Israel. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:641–645.  PDF


Katsnelson, E., Motro, U., Feldman, M.W. & Lotem, A. (2008). Early experience affects producer–scrounger foraging tendencies in the house sparrow. Animal Behaviour 75:1465–1472.  PDF


Ben-Shlomo, R., Motro, U., Paz, G. & Rinkevich, B. (2008). Pattern of settlement and natural chimerism in the colonial urochordate Botryllus schlosseri. Genetica 132:51–58.  PDF


Scheinin, S., Yom-Tov, Y., Motro, U. & Geffen, E. (2006). Behavioural responses of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) to increased stimuli of the golden jackal (Canis aureus): a field experiment. Animal Behaviour 71:577–584.  PDF


Tores, M., Motro, Y., Motro, U. & Yom-Tov, Y. (2005). The Barn Owl – a selective opportunist predator. Israel Journal of Zoology 51:349–360.  PDF


Ashkenazi, S., Motro, U., Goren-Inbar, N., Biton, R. & Rabinovich, R. (2005). New morphometric parameters for assessment of body size in the fossil freshwater crab assemblage from the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science 32:675–689.  PDF


Gottlieb, D., Keasar, T., Shmida, A. & Motro, U. (2005). The early bee gets the nectar: possible foraging benefits of bimodal daily activity in Proxylocopa olivieri (Lepeletier) (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae). Environmental Entomology 34:417–424.  PDF


Yaniv, O. & Motro, U. (2005). Time-dependent animal conflicts: 2. The asymmetric case. Journal of Theoretical Biology 232:277–284.  PDF


Yaniv, O. & Motro, U. (2005). Time-dependent animal conflicts: 1. The symmetric case. Journal of Theoretical Biology 232:261–275.  PDF


Yaniv, O. & Motro, U. (2004). The parental investment conflict in continuous time: St. Peter's fish as an example. Journal of Theoretical Biology 228:377–388.  PDF


Hadany, L., Eshel, I. & Motro, U. (2004). No place like home: competition, dispersal, and complex adaptation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17:1328–1336.  PDF


Bar-Shai, N., Samuels, R., Keasar, T., Motro, U. & Shmida, A. (2004). Flight durations in bumblebees under manipulation of feeding choices. Journal of Insect Behavior 17:145–154.  PDF


Pe'er, G., Saltz, D., Thulke, H.-H. & Motro, U. (2004). Response to topography in a hilltopping butterfly and implications for modelling non-random dispersal. Animal Behaviour 68:625–639.  PDF


Miriami, E., Sperling, R., Sperling, J. & Motro, U. (2004). Regulation of splicing: The importance of being translatable. RNA 10:1–4.  PDF


Oz, C., Zamir, A., Gafny, R. & Motro, U. (2003). “The Story of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” or “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Journal of Forensic Sciences 48:137–139.  


Hiss, J., Freund, M., Motro, U. & Kahana, T. (2003). The forensic pathology of terrorism in Israel – two years of suicide bombings. In: Terror and Medicine - Medical Aspects of Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Terrorism (J. Shemer and Y. Shoenfeld, eds.), pp. 446–455. Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.


Hiss, J., Freund, M., Motro, U. & Kahana, T. (2002). The medico-legal investigation of the El Aqsah Intifada. Israel Medical Association Journal 4:549–553.  PDF


Miriami, E., Motro, U., Sperling, R. & Sperling, J. (2002). Conservation of an open reading frame as an element affecting 5’ splice site selection. Journal of Structural Biology 140:116–122.  PDF


Vardi, A., Schatz, D., Beeri, K., Motro, U., Sukenik, A., Levine, A. & Kaplan, A. (2002). Dinoflagellate-cyanobacterium communication may determine the composition of phytoplankton assemblage in a mesotrophic lake. Current Biology 12:1767–1772.  PDF


Zamir, A.,  Shpitzen, M., Oz, C., Motro, U., Meiner, V. & Gafny, R. (2002). Presentation of a three-banded allele pattern – analysis and interpretation. Journal of Forensic Sciences 47:824–826.  PDF


Motro, U., Oz, C., Adelman, R., Davidson, A., Gast, A., Hermon, D., Shpitzen, M., Zamir, A. & Freund, M. (2002). Allele frequencies of nine STR loci of Jewish and Arab populations in Israel. International Journal of Legal Medicine 116:184–186.  PDF


Werner, Y.L., Sivan, N., Kushnir, V. & Motro, U. (1999). A statistical approach to variation in Cerastes (Ophidia: Viperidae), with the description of two endemic subspecies. Kaupia 8:83–97.  PDF


Heller, J., Sivan, N. & Motro, U. (1999). Systematics, distribution and hybridization of Melanopsis from the Jordan Valley (Gastropoda: Prosobranchia). Journal of Conchology 36:49–81.


Amar, A., Kwon, O. J., Motro, U., Witt, C.S., Bonne-Tamir, B., Gabison, R. & Brautbar, C. (1999). Molecular analysis of HLA class II polymorphisms among different ethnic groups in Israel. Human Immunology 60:723–730.  PDF


Amar, A., Brautbar, C., Motro, U., Fisher, T., Bonne-Tamir, B. & Israel, S. (1999). Genetic variation of three tetrameric tandem repeats in four distinct Israeli ethnic groups. Journal of Forensic Sciences 44:983–986.


Reshef, A., Brauner, P., Shpitzen, M., Gallili, N., Marbach, A., Motro, U., Shmueli, E. & Meiner, V. (1999). Chorionic villus sampling prior to pregnancy termination, a tool for forensic paternity testing. Journal of Forensic Sciences 44:1065–1068.


Oz, C., Levi, J.A., Novoselski, Y., Volkov, N. & Motro, U. (1999). Forensic identification of a rapist using unusual evidence. Journal of Forensic Sciences 44:860–862.  PDF


Eshel, I., Motro, U. & Sansone, E. (1997). Continuous stability and evolutionary convergence. Journal of Theoretical Biology 185:333–343.  PDF


Keasar, T., Bilu, Y., Motro, U. & Shmida, A. (1997). Foraging choices of bumblebees on equally rewarding artificial flowers of different colors. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences 45:223–233.  PDF


Keasar, T., Shmida, A. & Motro, U. (1996). Innate movement rules in foraging bees: flight distances are affected by recent rewards and are correlated with choice of flower type. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 39:381–388.  PDF


Keasar, T., Motro, U., Shur, Y. & Shmida, A. (1996). Overnight memory retention of foraging skills by bumblebees is imperfect. Animal Behaviour 52:95–104.  PDF


Ron, T., Henzi, S.P. & Motro, U. (1996). Do female chacma baboons compete for a safe spatial position in a southern woodland habitat? Behaviour 133:475–490.  PDF


Motro, U. & Shmida, A. (1995). Near-Far Search: an evolutionarily stable foraging strategy. Journal of Theoretical Biology 173:15–22.  PDF


Thomson, G. & Motro, U. (1994). Affected sib pair identity by state analyses. Genetic Epidemiology 11:353–364.  PDF


Motro, U. (1994). Evolutionary and continuous stability in asymmetric games with continuous strategy sets: the parental investment conflict as an example. American Naturalist 144:229–241.  PDF


Ron, T., Henzi, S.P. & Motro, U. (1994). A new model of fission in primate troops. Animal Behaviour 47:223–226.  PDF


Motro, U. (1993). Helpers at parents' nest: a game theoretic approach. Journal of Theoretical Biology 163:127–134.  PDF


Ritte, U., Neufeld, E., Broit, M., Shavit, D. & Motro, U. (1993). The differences among Jewish communities – maternal and paternal contributions. Journal of Molecular Evolution 37:435–440.  PDF


Motro, U. & Soller, M. (1993). Sequential sampling in determining linkage between marker loci and quantitative trait loci. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 85:658–664.  PDF


Bouskila, A., Ehrlich, D., Gershman, Y., Lampl, I., Motro, U., Shani, E., Werner, U. & Werner, Y.L. (1992). Activity of a nocturnal lizard (Stenodactylus doriae) during a lunar eclipse at Hazeva (Israel). Acta Zoológica Lilloana 41:271–275.  PDF


Motro, U. & Thomson, G. (1991). Affected kin pair IBD methods: genetic models. Genetic Epidemiology 8:317–327.  PDF 


Ben-Shlomo, R., Motro, U. & Ritte, U. (1991). The influence of the ability to disperse on generation length and population size in the flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Ecological Entomology 16:279–282.  PDF


Motro, U. (1991). Cooperation and defection: playing the field and the ESS. Journal of Theoretical Biology 151:145–154.  PDF


Motro, U. (1991). Avoiding inbreeding and sibling competition: the evolution of sexual dimorphism for dispersal. American Naturalist 137:108–115.  PDF


Ritte, U., Neufeld, E., Motro, U., Figueroa, F. & Klein, J. (1991). Possible MHC associated heterozygous advantage in wild mouse populations. In: Molecular Evolution of the Major Histocompatibility Complex (J. Klein and D. Klein, eds.). NATO ASI Series, Vol. H59, pp 435–440.  PDF


Motro, U. & Cohen, D. (1990). Selfish cooperation in social roles: the vigilance game in continuous time. In: Sociobiology and Conflict (J. van der Dennen and V. Falger, eds.). London: Chapman and Hall, pp 55–61.  PDF


Motro, U. & Cohen, D. (1989). A note on vigilance behavior and stability against recognizable social parasites. Journal of Theoretical Biology 136:21–25.  PDF


Cohen, D. & Motro, U. (1989). More on optimal rates of dispersal: taking into account the cost of the dispersal mechanism. American Naturalist 134:659–663.  PDF


Motro, U. (1989). Should a parasite expose itself? (some theoretical aspects of begging and vigilance behavior). Journal of Theoretical Biology 140:279–287.  PDF


Motro, U., Thomson, G., Kuhner, M.K. & Robinson, W.P. (1989). Affected sib pair IBS methods: detection of linkage and genetic models. In: Multipoint Mapping and Linkage Based Upon Affected Pedigree Members: Genetic Analysis Workshop 6

(R. C. Elston, M. A. Spence, S. E. Hodge and J. W. MacCluer, eds.). New York: Alan R. Liss, pp 105–110.


Robinson, W.P., Kramer, P., Payami, H., Motro, U., Esposito, M.S. & Thomson, G. (1989). Disease associations and disequilibrium mapping. In: Multipoint Mapping and Linkage Based Upon Affected Pedigree Members: Genetic Analysis Workshop 6 (R. C. Elston, M. A. Spence, S. E. Hodge and J. W. MacCluer, eds.). New York: Alan R. Liss, pp 57–62.


Motro, U. (1988). Evolutionarily stable strategies of mutual help between relatives having unequal fertility. Journal of Theoretical Biology 135:31–40.  PDF


Eshel, I., Weinshall, D. & Motro, U. (1988). On the evolution of altruistic cooperation. In: Biomathematics and Related Computational Problems  (L. M. Ricciardi, ed.). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp 279–282.  PDF


Motro, U. & Eshel, I. (1988). The three brothers' problem – kin selection with more than one potential helper: II. the case of delayed help. American Naturalist 132:567–575.  PDF


Eshel, I. & Motro, U. (1988). The three brothers' problem – kin selection with more than one potential helper: I. the case of immediate help. American Naturalist 132:550–566.  PDF


Payami, H., Thomson, G., Motro, U., Louis, E.J. & Hudes, E. (1985). The affected sib method: IV. sib trios. Annals of Human Genetics 49:303–314.  PDF


Motro, U. & Thomson, G. (1985). The affected sib method: I. Statistical features of the affected sib pair method. Genetics 110:525–538.  PDF


Thomson, G., Motro, U. & Selvin, S. (1983). Statistical aspects of measuring the strength of association between HLA antigens and diseases. Tissue Antigens 21:320–328.  PDF


Motro, U. (1983). Optimal rates of dispersal: III. parent-offspring conflict. Theoretical Population Biology 23:159–168.  PDF


Motro, U. & Thomson, G. (1982). On heterozygosity and the effective size of populations subject to size changes. Evolution 36:1059–1066.  PDF


Motro, U. (1982). The courtship handicap – phenotypic effect. Journal of Theoretical Biology 97:319–324.  PDF


Motro, U. (1982). Optimal rates of dispersal: II. diploid populations. Theoretical Population Biology 21:412–429.  PDF


Motro, U. (1982). Optimal rates of dispersal: I. haploid populations. Theoretical Population Biology 21:394–411.  PDF


Eshel, I. & Motro, U. (1981). Kin selection and strong evolutionary stability of mutual help. Theoretical Population Biology 19:420–433.  PDF


Gerling, D., Motro, U. & Horowitz, R. (1980). Dynamics of Bemisia tabaci (Gennandius) (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) attacking cotton in the coastal plain of Israel. Bulletin of Entomological Research 70:213–219.  PDF


Motro, M., Motro, U., Ishay, J. S. & Kugler, J. (1979). Some social and dietary prerequisites of oocyte development in Vespa orientalis L. workers. Insectes Sociaux 26:155–164.  PDF































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