National Institute of Oceanography,

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR),

Haifa, 31080, Israel.

PO Box 8030.

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Tamar Guy-Haim

Ph.D. 

 

I study the ecological and physiological effects of climate change on benthic communities, at two different marine ecosystems: the Baltic Sea and the Levant Basin. Working in different geographical ecosystems and at multiple scales, from micro- to macro- (whole-community) scale, allows me to test the generality of ecological responses to environmental change, and to investigate the relationships between different ecosystem components. In my research, I apply and integrate approaches from different scientific disciplines, including benthic ecology, eco-physiology, and biogeochemistry.

 

Ph.D. thesis: The impact of ocean warming and acidification on coastal benthic species and communities.

Co-supervisors Prof. Martin Wahl (GEOMAR, Germany), Dr. Jacob Silverman (IOLR).

 

BSc - Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

MSc - Marine Ecology, Bar-Ilan University.

Dr. Dor Edelist
Post Doc

 

My two main research interests in Rilov Lab in IOLR include Ecosystem Services in the Med and Red seas (in collaboration with the Israeli Academy of Sciences), and a Citizen Science outreach initiative (EU Mare Nostrum project) to increase public awareness and map human uses via a smartphone application in the Shikmona Marine Reserve, just south of the institute.

 

B.Sc- Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Ruppin Academic Center.

M.A - Marine Ecology - Dept. of Maritime Civilizations, University of Haifa.

Ph.D - Marine Ecology - Dept. of Maritime Civilizations, University of Haifa.

Regina Iscovich

M.Sc. 

 

Settlement and recruitment patterns of the invasive mussel Brachidontes pharaonis in the rocky intertidal.

 

B.Sc- Marine biology, Ruppin Academic Center.

M.Sc.-  The Department of Marine Biology, University of Haifa.

Lior Klein 

M.Sc. 


Thesis: The effects of temperature changes on grazer gastropod species alnog the rocky shores of the Eastern Mediterranean.

 

B.Sc.- Life sciences in Bar-Ilan University

M.Sc.- In Bar-Ilan University - co supervior Prof. Zvi Dubinsky

Reut Zamir

M.Sc. Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University.

 

Thesis: The Impact of Extreme Desiccation Events on the Vermetid Reef Ecosystem in the Face of Climate Change

 

Co-supervisor: Professor Pinhas Alpert, The Department of Geophysics And Planetary Sciences (Tel Aviv University).

Tal Garval

M.Sc. 

 

Thesis: Population dynamics and ecological impacts of the alien macroalgae Galaxaura rugosa (J. Ellis & Solander) J.V.Lamouroux on the Israeli shore

B.Sc- Marine biology, Ruppin Academic Center.

M.Sc. - The Department of Marine Biology, University of Haifa.

Adi Barash

M.Sc. student (University of Haifa) and Database Analysis

 

Thesis: Species identification, phylogeography and spatio-temporal distribution of requiem sharks (genus carcharhinus) along the Israeli Mediterranean coast

 

Co-supervisor Prof. Leon Blaunstein (University of Haifa)

B.Sc- Marine biology, Ruppin Academic Center.

 

 

Ofrat Raveh

Lab Technician

 

Led the rocky shore monitoring program between 2012-14

 

B.Sc- Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Ruppin Academic Center.

Gidi Levi

Lab Technician

 

Led the subtidal survey program between 2013-15

 

B.Sc- Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, Ruppin Academic Center.

M.Sc- Coral Restoretion, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, Haifa University.

Kate Kaufman

Lab Intern

Hailing from the United States, Kate is an ambitious assistant to the lab members and can be found either at IOLR or in the field.

 

B.A.- Environmental Science & Policy, Florida State University. 

 

 

Inbal Gamliel

M.Sc.

 

Predicting species distributions under climate change by combining lab experiments and species distribution models

 

Co-supervisor Dr. Jonathan Belmaker (Tel Aviv University)

Olga Vadov
MSc. Student 

 

Thesis: The Linkage Between Environmental Heterogeneity and Biodiversity in Algal Assemblages on the Rocky Shore

 

Co-supervisor Prof. Yohai Carmel (Technion)

Ateret Shabtai

MSc. Student 

 

Thesis: The invasive oyster Spondylus spinosus Schreibers, 1793 in the Israeli Mediterranean coast

 

Co-supervisor Prof. Yehuda Benayahu (Tel Aviv University)

 

Sarah Clydon
MSc. Student 

 

Thesis: Characterization of the population of the invasive mussel Brachidontes pharaonis and the effect on the biodiversity at the rocky shores

 

Co-supervisor Prof. Ehud Spanier (University of Haifa)

Natali Shalev
MSc. Student 

 

Thesis: Recruitment and development of benthic communities onto a planned artificial reef two decades post-deployment

 

Co-supervisor Prof. Yehuda Benayahu (Tel Aviv University)

Ohad Peleg

Lab Technician and M.Sc. 

My research focuses on the effects of change in biodiversity on ecosystem functions. I characterized three distinctive rocky benthic community types existing along the Israeli Mediterranean coast: ‘Native Canopy’, characterized mostly by canopy forming macroalgae, which is the closest to the past dominating rocky Mediterranean community; and two other community types which deviate from the first and are dominating at present: ‘Turf Barrens’, which are created by the invasive herbivorous Rabbit fish; and ‘Invasive Frondose’ - low laying invasive macroalgae. I conduct in-situ incubations, using custom made incubation systems (i.e. Bell-jars) within each community type and compare their carbon budget and biomass production. Finally, I try to examine whether certain functional traits may explain variances between community types.

 

B.Sc- Marine Biology, Ruppin Academic Center.

M.Sc.-  Marine biology, Haifa University.

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.

Luisa Düsedau
I’m a visiting student from Germany and during my 6 months in the Rilov lab I’m studying the effects of climate change on the performance of the invasive gastropod Conomurex persicus for my master thesis. I’m in Israel within the framework of the unique global research and training programme GAME (Global Approach by Modular Experiments), founded by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. It is a binational team project and under: 
http://www.oceanblogs.org/game/2017/10/27/middle-east-times-news-from-israel
you can read about Erez Yeruham and my research and our time as Team Israel 2017.
 
B.Sc – Biosciences, Rostock University, Germany
M.Sc Candidate – Ecology and Evolution, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Lisa Gassen

I’m a foreign student from Germany and participate in the same project like Laura Argens. Together we build a team and work on the same topic of this year’s GAME programme (http://www.geomar.de/forschen/fb3/fb3-eoe/fb3-eoe-b/game/game-infos-fuer-studies/).

We are investigating the influence of extreme heat events on the feeding preferences of marine grazers. The coast of Israel is one of the most affected regions by the global change. So we are very happy to have the chance to do our research in the Rilov Lab!

B.Sc. – Biology, University of Rostock, Germany

M.Sc. Candidate – Marine Biology, University of Rostock, Germany

Laura Argens

I´m a German student visiting Rilov lab for 6 month. Together with my Teampartner Lisa Gassen, I´m working on the effects of heat events on the feeding behaviour of marine invertebrates. The main question is, whether the food preferences of herbivore molluscs are changing with increasing temperature. This is part of a global research project, which is organised by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel.

B.Sc – Biology, Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

M.Sc Candidate – Ecology and Evolution, Goethe-University Frankfurt a. M., Germany

Eyal Amsalem

M.Sc. 

 

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.