The Arava Science Center in collaboration with CCME offers MSc or PhD research programs through Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities. It is located within the Shezaf Nature Reserve, a unique ecosystem and an important ecological corridor, situated in a hyper-arid environment of southern Israel. Part of the Syrian-African Rift Valley, the thirteen thousand acre reserve is a haven for wildlife, including large mammals such as striped hyenas, Arabian wolves, caracals, the reintroduced wild ass, and desert gazelles. Israel is the second largest bird migration route in the world, and the reserve is an important stopover site along this pathway. Many species, including Arabian babblers, hoopoes, little green bee-eaters, desert larks, desert finches, and great grey shrikes (among others) can be seen regularly. The reserve is also home to the largest resident population of the Negev subspecies of Arabian warblers and the world renown Arabian Babbler Research Project.
The center has accommodation and lab facilities. We encourage researchers to spend time and conduct research in this beautiful and ecologically diverse part of Israel.
Dead Sea & Arava Science Center, central Arava branch, Hazeva.