Dr. Gil Rilov
Senior Researcher, Head of Lab
My research explores the patterns, dynamics and processes that shape marine communities, especially rocky shores and subtidal reefs. I am interested in the structure of communities and what affects their diversity, including larval recruitment, species interactions (predator-prey, competition, facilitation), bioinvasions, climate change. Recently I have become interested in how communities function and what ecosystem services they provide. I am also very interested in studying ways to protect these fascinating communities, through, for example marine reserves and artificial reefs. So far, I have been fortunate to conduct research on the shores of Israel (Mediterranean and Red Sea), the USA, New Zealand, Brazil, Chile and South Africa, and recently also Crete, Cyprus and Italy (Ischia). I have worked on rocky shores, subtidal reefs, coral reefs and seagrass.
Main responsibilities: Operation and maintenance of experimental facilities: benthocosm, temperature and acidification microcosms and the tidalcosom. Execution of the subtidal diving surveys. Processing of photoquadrats.
B.Sc- Marine Biology, Ruppin Academic Center.
M.Sc- Coral Restoretion, Marine Biology, Ben-Gurion University of The Negev.
Maura is responsible for the national intertidal biodiversity monitoring and database along the Israeli coast. She is also focusing on initiating new methodologies and experiments for research concerning climate change, ecosystem functions, and biodiversity community structure for native and invasive organisms , all while gaining a better understanding of the Mediterranean rocky reef ecosystem.
The purpose of my PhD project is to determine how fine-scale variation in thermal and desiccation stresses affect the distribution of intertidal species, which range from the local to the biogeographical scale. The data from the field surveys and lab experiments will help us to make projections of how species and communities will be affected by climate change under different scenarios.
Co-supervisor: Dr. Tamar Lotan (University of Haifa)
B.Sc- Marine Biology , Ruppin Academic Center.
M.Sc- Zoology, Tel Aviv University.
Sea-level rise and ocean acidification effects on biodiversity of vermetid reefs.
BA- Multidisciplinary Studies , faculty of social sciences and humanities, Ben Gurion University.
MA- Magna cum laude, Security and Diplomacy, department of political science, Tel-Aviv university.
MA and PhD (candidate)- Marine ecology, department of maritime civilizations, Leon H. Charney school of marine sciences, University of Haifa.
Co-supervisor Dr. Dorit Sivan (University of Haifa)
My research mainly focuses on biological invasions and interactions (i.e. grazing, predator-prey, competition) between native and invasive species. I am currently working on the interactive effects of climate change (warming and acidification), bioinvasions and epiphytism on species interactions (i.e. competition and grazing) in macrophyte-based assemblages in the Mediterranean Sea."
B.Sc - Biological Sciences - University of Palermo, Italy.
M.Sc - Marine Ecology - University of Palermo, Italy
Ph.D - Earth and Marine Sciences - University of Palermo, Italy
My PhD project is focused on the effect of biodiversity shifts-driven by climate change and bioinvasions on reef ecosystem functions. My research is a continuance of Peleg’s research and the goals start from the principal hypothesis we have regarding the change in the Levant reef benthic community functions. I will define the species and functional diversity of four different rocky reef community types with a major focus on Cystoseira’s forests thanks to laboratory and in situ experiments.
B.Sc. – Ecology,University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy
M.Sc. - Marine Biology, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy
Co-supervisors: Dr. Smadar Ben Tabou de Leon, Department of Marine Biology
Dr. Jacob Silverman, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research
Sea Turtle Conservation, Life history and ecology of the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles populations in the Mediterranean Sea.
Current researches involves fishery impact on sea turtles and practical methods to medically treat rehabilitating turtles.
Co-supervisor Dr. Daniel Chernov (University of Haifa)
In my research, I evaluate several important services (supporting-regulating, provisional and cultural) of the Mediterranean rocky reef ecosystem on the Israeli coast, using a marine protected area (MPA) as a case study to estimate the value of relatively healthy reefs. The study sites are the Akhziv-Rosh Hanikra marine reserve off the north coast, and adjacent unprotected areas that serve as reference and represent the state of the system along most of the coast. The data could be useful for decision-makers and conservationists for planning marine reserves and their monitoring, as well as for evaluating damage and its compensation in case of ecological disaster.
Co-supervisor Prof. Hillel Frumm (Tel Aviv University)
Physiological and behavioral performance of the rockpool shrimp Palaemon elegans in the context of climate change
B.Sc- Marine Biology , Ruppin Academic Center.
M.Sc.- The Department of Marine Biology, University of Haifa.