Lab members

Gil Rilov

Prof. 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), overfishing, bioinvasions, climate change. I also study how marine communities function and what ecosystem services they provide. I am investigation nature base solution designed to protect these fascinating communities, their functions and services (including Blue Carbon) through, for example marine protected areas. ​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, Crete, Cyprus and Italy (Ischia). I have worked on rocky shores, subtidal reefs, coral reefs and seagrass.

 

I am also a Professor in the Marine Biology Department in the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa.  I teach there a marine ecology course. 

 

Research Assistants

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Guy Raanan

Lab Manager

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- Analysis of Late Cretaceous Tsunami event deposits, The Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa.   

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Shai Zilberman

Lab Technician

Managing the national intertidal biodiversity monitoring and database along the Israeli coast. involved in conducting 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 by utilizing advanced data approach research.

B.Sc - Biology and Earth Sciences ,Hebrew University

M.Sc- Biology, Bar-Ilan University.

Current Students

Martina Mulas

Ph.D. candidate

 

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

 

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Iris Preiss 

Ph.D. candidate 

 

The current climate change, the resulting rapid warming of seawater and increase in extreme weather events influence dramatically the composition and functioning of species of intertidal, and subtidal rocky shore communities. Within the context of a large European project, FutureMARES, I will study the vulnerability, resilience and adaption of these ecosystems to warming at local and regional scales, focusing on sea urchins, intertidal gastropods, and algae using ecological and molecular methods. This knowledge would serve as input for advanced ecological models assessing the current and future status of eastern Mediterranean costal ecosystems compared to those in the western Mediterranean and the European Atlantic. The results will be use to inform management and to develop nature-based solutions within the FutureMARES context. 

 

Co-supervisor: Prof. Ilana Berman-Frank, Marine Biology, Haifa University 

   

B.Sc. – Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University  

M.Sc. - Life Sciences, Zoology, Tel Aviv University

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Khristina Ermak

M.Sc. candidate

 

My master's research focuses on interactions between two closely related species of Cerithium sea snails. In the context of climate change and growing bioinvasions, I want to compare the seasonal dynamics of the Cerithium populations in the field (abundance and size distribution) and compare thermal performance of the invasive and native Cerithium species to observe  their adaptations to different temperature conditions.

 

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Elena Bogdanova

M.Sc. candidate

Master student in Marine Biology Department, Leon Charney School of Marine sciences, University of Haifa. Main research interest: reef ecology, 3D models, conservation 

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Aliza Leit

M.Sc. candidate

Masters Student in Department of Zoology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University. 

Main research interest: conservation, vermetid reefs, intertidal resource management

Erez Yeruham

Ph.D. Candidate

 

My PhD project deals with the physiological mechanisms behind range distribution shifts of herbivorous fish, as a result of climate change.

 

Co-supervisor Dr. Daniel Chernov (University of Haifa)

 

B.Sc- Marine Biology , Ruppin Academic Center.

M.Sc- Zoology, Tel Aviv University.

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NetaLy Lipkin

M.Sc. candidate

Netaly, a bachelor’s in marine biotechnology from Ruppin academic center, was always curious about the great mysteries of the ocean and since she was a teenager integrated diving as a part of her life. My  research concentrates on the Spatial-temporal plasticity of the native seagrass Halophila stipulacea under changing environment, regarding its responses to contemporary and future environmental trends.  H.stipulacea is particularly interesting as it is the only seagrass species to migrate from the Indian ocean and establish itself in the Caribbean 

 

Co-supervisor Dr. Gidon Winters (DSASC)

 

B.Sc- Marine Biology , Ruppin Academic Center.