Dr. Elli Groner

Director of the Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology
Academic Director at the Arava Institute

Dr  Elli Groner completed his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Environmental Biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He then went on to complete a Ph.D. in Ecology at Leeds University in the United Kingdom.

Elli specializes in desert biodiversity and ecosystem services.  His research involves comparing arid and hyper-arid ecosystems in their structure, function and services. Elli investigates food-webs and the integrity of ecosystems and how they are self-organized differently in arid and hyper-arid ecosystems. He specializes in desert arthropods and his favorite creatures are darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae). He recently found a new species to science of weevil that was named Brachycerus groneri.

Elli is involved in environmental direct action and lives in Mitzpe Ramon with his wife and three children.