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.
Lior is responsible for the national intertidal biodiversity monitoring and database along the Israeli coast. She is 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.
B.Sc- Marine Biology, Ruppin Academic Center.
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.
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
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
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.
Master student in Marine Biology Department, Leon Charney School of Marine sciences, University of Haifa. Main research interest: reef ecology, 3D models, conservation