Personal Details:


E-mail: armini@post.tau.ac.il

Born 24.12.1955, Petresti-Sebes, Romania; Married, two children

Aliyah 23.02.1989


Academic background:


1994-2001: Ph.D. - The behavioral ecology of foraging in the large carpenter-bee.Xylocopa pubescens. Thesis submitted under the direction of Prof. A. Hefetz and Prof. D. Eisikowitch, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.


1980-1981: M.Sc. specialization in environmental ecology and protection – Behavioral studies in several pest insects (in Romanian). Research conducted in the laboratory of Prof. N. Tomescu, Faculty of Biology, Geography and Geology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


1976-1980: M.Sc. in Biology – The rhythmicity of locomotion, foraging and reproductive behaviors in Hylobius abietis L. (Insecta, Coleoptera) and Mamestra brassicae L. (Insecta, Lepidoptera) (in Romanian). Thesis submitted under the direction of Prof. N. Tomescu, Faculty of Biology, Geography and Geology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


Work experience:


2002-present: Technician at the Zoological Museum, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv; curator of Hymenopter Parasitica and ants.


1994-1997: Teaching assistant, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University. Teaching in laboratory for courses of Social Insects and Invertebrate Zoology.


1990- 2007: Research assistant, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University. Working in laboratories of Prof. A. Hefetz, Prof. D. Eisikowitch and Prof. D. Gerling.


1987-1988: Researcher in the Laboratory of Biosensorics, Faculty of Biology, Geography and Geology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


1981-1987: Teaching high school students in the Industrial High School no.1 Hunedoara, Romania.


Membership in Professional Societies:


The Entomological Society of Israel


Professional experience:


Experienced in behavioral bioassays (honey bees, ants and beetles) and insect rearing.


Experienced in laboratory techniques of microscopy and chromatographic analyses.


Publications:


Petrean, O. and Ionescu, A. (1983). Statistical method for pattern recognition. (abstract in English) in vol. "INFO - IASI'83”, p. 243, Iasi.


Ionescu, A. (1985). Aggressivity and adaptation. (abstract in French) in vol. "Evolutie si adaptare", p.128, Edit. Dacia, Cluj-Napoca.


Cristea, O., Ionescu, A., Aciu, I. and Piso, M. (1988). Principles of bioelectronic systems. (abstract in English) in vol. "Senzori si traductoare", p. 67, Bucuresti.


Cristea, O., Ionescu, A. and Bende, S. (1988). Principles of biosensors. (abstract in English) in vol. "Conferinta Nationala de Biofizica", p. 327, Bucuresti.


Ionescu-Hirsch, A., Hefetz, A. and Eisikowitch, D. (1995). Does learning to avoid unrewarding flowers diminish foraging efficiency? (abstract in English) Israel Journal of Zoology. 41: 92


Katzav-Gozansky, T., Soroker, V., Ionescu, A., Robinson, G.E. and Hefetz A. (2001). Task-related chemical analysis of labial gland volatile secretion in worker honeybees (Apis mellifera ligustica). Journal of Chemical Ecology. 27: 919-926


Kugler, J. and Ionescu, A. (2007). Anochetus bytinskii, a new ant species from Israel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Israel Journal of Entomology. 37: 287-298


Hora R, R., Ionescu-Hirsh, A., Delabie, J., Robert, J., Hefetz, A and Fresneau, D. (2008). Postmating changes in cuticular chemistry and visual appearance in Ectatomma tuberculatum queens (Formicidae: Ectatomminae). Naturwissenschaften. 95(1): 55-60


Katzav-Gozansky, T., Boulay, R., Ionescu, A. and Hefetz, A. (2008) Nest volatiles as modulators of nestmate recognition in the ant Camponotus fellah. Journal of Insect Physiology. 54(2):378-85


Vonshak, M., Dayan, T., Ionescu, A., Freidberg, A. and Hefetz, A. (2009) The little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata: a new invasive species in the Middle East. Biological Invasions. (accepted for publication)