National Institute of Oceanography,

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR),

Haifa, 31080, Israel.

PO Box 8030.

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Lab members

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.

 

I am also a faculty member (Senior Lecturer) of the Marine Biology Department in the The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa.  I teach there a marine ecology course. 

Research Assistants

Dar Golomb

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- Coral Restoretion, Marine Biology, Ben-Gurion University of The Negev.

Maura Schonwald

Lab Technician

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.

Current Students

Chen Rabi
Ph.D. Candidate

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.

 

Niv David

Ph.D. Candidate

 

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)

 

Simona Noè

Post Doc

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

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

 

Yaniv Levi

Ph.D. Candidate

 

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)

Patrick Chavel

Ph.D. Candidate

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)

 

Eyal Amsalem

M.Sc. Candidate

 

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.