Dr. Bar-David completed her undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Life Sciences (1992) and earned her MSc. in Genetics (1995) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She obtained her PhD in Ecology (2003) from Tel-Aviv University, studying the reintroduction of the Persian fallow deer in Israel. During her postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley, she studied disease dynamics in natural and colonizing wildlife populations, and at the University of Haifa, she integrated ecological and genetic data to study space use patterns of the endangered fire salamander. Since 2007, Dr. Bar-David has been a faculty member at the Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and the head of the Conservation and Ecological Genetic Lab. Her research focuses on the field of spatial ecology and spatial genetics and their implications for conservation biology and wildlife management. Specific topics of interest include the spatial and genetic structure of populations, wildlife reintroductions as a conservation tool, factors affecting range expansion of populations, and movement patterns of individuals under different landscape scenarios.