Gil Sapir was a Ph.D. student in the Ecology lab. He had a B.Sc. in Biology and a M.Sc. in Botany from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His Ph.D. research was about modeling the regeneration of vegetation 15-20 years after wildfires in planted pine forests in Mediterranean Israel, by using different statistical methods. Gil worked as a forester in the Forest Department of Keren Kayemet Le’Israel, and resigned after 28 years as the head of the Forestry Unit.
In December, 2008 Gil passed away after long and tough struggle with cancer.