Keren is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, working with Dr. Dror Hawlena and the National Natural History Collections on strategic conservation planning to help ensure the survival of the critically endangered Be’er Sheva fringe-fingered lizard, and other projects. The work includes developing approaches for species distribution modelling across modified habitats, and incorporating population viability analyses that account for dispersal, gene-flow, and multiple threats that vary across the habitat. Her research interests centre on integrating practical ecology with well-founded conservation policy and informed decision-making for improved conservation outcomes.
Keren completed her PhD in 2016 at the University of Western Australia, in collaboration with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship. In her PhD, Keren investigated the ecological ramifications of resource development and developed conceptual approaches for environmental impact assessment to advance conservation policy. Keren has worked as an environmental scientist in the Western Australian government on management of the ecological impacts of mining and infrastructure development, climate change, and silviculture, including threatened species and ecosystem management, eco-hydrology, and environmental impact assessment. Keren is now a affiliate researcher with CEED.