Dr. Eran Levin

School of Zoology
ביה"ס לזואולוגיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Eran Levin
Office: Sherman - Life Sciences, 205

Research Interests

Eran Levin’s research brings together physiology ecology and nutrition to address questions regarding how form and function enable an organism's adaptation to changing environments at both ecological and evolutionary time scales. In his research he uses hypotheses-driven experimental testing of proximate mechanisms and species-level comparative physiology in both field and lab settings. Eran is firmly believes in the necessity of integrating across multiple scales of inquiry, from the broad scale of the natural ecological setting to the fine scale of molecular and biochemical mechanism focusing on animal models that display extreme adaptations, such as very high or very low metabolic rates and adaptation to extreme climate conditions.


 Specific research interests are: 

  • Metabolic adaptations in nectar feeding animals
  • The effect of environment and climate on the body lipids of animals
  • Amino acids as fuel source for animals
  • Extreme metabolic rates (high and low)
  • Bats ecology and physiology
  • Insect migration
  • Ecotoxicology

Recent Publications


Levin E, Barnea A, Yovel Y and Yom-Tov Y (2006). Have introduced fish initiated piscivory among the long-fingered bat? Mammalian Biology 71, 139-143.

Levin E, Yom-Tov Y, Barnea A and Huchon D (2008). Genetic diversity and phylogeography of the greater mouse-tailed bat Rhinopoma microphyllum (Brünnich, 1782) in the Levant. Acta Chiropterologica 10, 207-212.

Levin E, Yom-Tov Y and Barnea A (2009) frequent nuptial flights of ants provide a primary food source for bats. Naturwissenschaften 96, 477-483.

Yuan L, Zuo X, He L, Racey P, Levin E and Zhang S (2009). Cloning and Characterization of Novel Isoforms of the BOULE Gene in Bats. Biochemical Genetics 48, 173-180.

Kanfi Y, Peshti V, Gil R, Naiman S, Nahum L, Levin E, Kronfeld-Schor N, and HY. Cohen. (2010). SIRT6 protects against pathological damage caused by diet-induced obesity. Aging Cell, 1-12 (best paper prize for 2010).

Amichai E, Levin E, Yom-Tov Y, Kronfeld-Schor N (2013) Natural history, physiology and energetic strategies of Asellia tridens (Chiroptera). Mammalian Biology 78, 94-103.

Levin E, Yom-Tov Y, Hefetz A, Kronfeld-Schor N (2013) Changes in diet, body and fatty acids composition during pre-hibernation in a subtropical bat, in relation to NPY and AgRP expression. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 183, 157-166.   

Levin E, Roll U, Dolev A, Yom-Tov Y, Kronfeld-Schor N (2013) Bats of a gender flock together: sexual segregation in a subtropical bat. PLoS one. 8:e54987

Cvikel, N., Berg, KE., Levin E., Hurme E., Borissov I., Boonman A., Amichai E. and Yovel Y. (2015) Bats aggregate to improve preysearch but might be impaired when density becomes to high. Current Biology 25, 201-206.

Cvikel N, Greitzer K, Levin E, Hurme E, Borrisov I, Boonman A, Amichai E and Yovel Y. (2015) On board recordings reveal no jamming avoidance in wild bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 282, 20142274.

Levin E, Plotnik B, Amichai E, Braulke LJ, Yom-Tov Y and Kronfeld-Schor N. (2015) Subtropical mouse-tailed bats using geothermal heated caves for winter hibernation at warm temperatures in. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 282, 20142781.

Levin E, Mitra C and Davidowitz G (2016) Fed males increase oviposition in female hawk moths via male-provided non-nutritive direct benefits. Animal Behaviour. 112, 111-118.

Levin E, McCue M, Davidowitz G. (2017) More than just sugar: allocation and metabolism of nectar amino acids and fatty acids in a Lepidopteran. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20162126

Levin E, Lopez G, Fane B, Davidowitz G. (2017) Hawkmoth use sugar to reduce oxidative damage from flight. Science 355: 733-735.

Levin E, McCue M, Davidowitz G. (2017) Sex Differences in the Utilization of Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids in Lepidoptera. Journal of Experimental Biology,. 154757.


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