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.

Lior Bartal

Lab Technician

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.

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.


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


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.

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)


Elena Bogdanova


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

National Institute of Oceanography,

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR),

Haifa, 31080, Israel.

PO Box 8030.

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