Non-Resident Researchers

Full List of IUI Non-Resident Researchers (pdf)

Most Active IUI Non-Resident Researchers

1. CV and significant publications (pdf)

2. Additional informaiton and links to home-pages

Prof. Abelson Avigdor

Dept. of Zoology, Tel Aviv University
Ecology and design of artificial reefs. Effects of recruitment on coral-reef communities. Connectivity among benthic ecosystems. The use of marine organisms for pollution biomonitoring in coastal areas. Marine bio-invasion. Effects of sediment on benthic organisms. Phase-shift in benthic marine ecosystems. Marine Protected Areas.

Prof. Abramovich Sigal

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences, Ben-Gurion University

Paleoecology, Paleoceanography. Foraminifera as indicators of climatic and marine environmental variations

Prof. Agnon Amotz

Dept. of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Tectonics and global bathymetry. Rifting and sea floor spreading. Paleomagnitism and archaeomagnetism. Rupture and earthquakes along the Dead Sea transform.

Dr. Almogi Labin Ahuva

Geological Survey of Israel

Red Sea and Eastern Mediterranean ecology of living foraminifera in shallow & deep water, paleoceanography of the Quaternary.

Dr. Amrani Alon

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Organic geochemistry and biogeochemistry, stable isotopes, sulfur cycle, organic-inorganic interactions.

Prof. Angel Dror

Department of Maritime Civilizations, University of Haifa

Marine plankton ecology, jellyfish research, impacts of climate change on marine systems, environmental interactions between man and the sea, multi-disciplinary research into marine resource management, aquaculture-environment interactions, sediment biogeochemistry.

Prof. Appelbaum Lior

The Faculty of Life Sciences and The Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University

Molecular neuroscience and endocrinology in marine and freshwater animals.  Understanding brain function across evolution ranging from cnidarian to zebrafish to humans. Specificially, the mechanisms and treatments of neurodevelopmental and sleep disorders.  Techniques: Genetic manipulations, imaging of single molecules, chromosomes, and synapses in single cell of live animals using two-photon microscope, and highthroughput video tracking of behavior.


Prof. Beer Sven

Dept. of Plant Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Photosynthetic carbon fixation in seagrasses and photosymbiont-containing corals and sponges.

Prof. Beja Oded

Faculty of Biology, Technion

Marine microbial metagenomics.

Prof. Belkin Shimshon

Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Environmental microbiology; whole-cell biosensors.

Prof. Belmaker Jonathan

Dept. of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Community ecology, biodiversity and biogeography.

Prof. Benayahu Hudi

Dept. of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Octocorals, life history strategies, larval biology, symbiosis, marine biology and ecology, artificial reefs, conservation biology, invasive species, biolfouling, marine natural products, effect of recreational fishing.

Prof. Berman-Frank Ilana

Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa

The impact of aquatic ecosystems on the environment and society, ranging from the local to the global scales.


Dr. Bitan Amir

National Center for Mariculture, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research

Fish nutrition and epigenetic manipulations via nutritional programming, physiology & target directed oral administration. Molecular mechanisms for peptide absorption in the digestive system.  Nutritional programming and epigenetic manipulations on fish embryos and larvae using zebrafish and the gilthead seabream as model species.  Development of targeted oral administration solutions for aquaculture.

Prof. Brenner Steve

Bar Ilan University

Meteorology and climatology. Oceanography.

Dr. Brickner Itzchak

Dept. of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Working on ecology, systematic, and phylogenetics of coral inhabiting barnacles. Current research focus on marine symbiotic associations, including protozoan, acoel worms, barnacles, and corals. I have great interest in invertebrate reproduction.

Dr. Bronstein Omri

School of Zoology and Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University

Molecular ecology, biogeography, phylogeny and evolution of benthic marine taxa focusing on echinoderms as model organisms. Sexual reproduction of broadcast spawning marine invertebrates: environmental regulation of gametogenesis and spawning, fertilization dynamics and hybridization, gamete incompatibility and reproductive barriers.



Prof. Diamant Ariel

Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa
Marine parasitology. Fish and shellfish diseases. Health management in coastal and offshore mariculture systems. Disease interactions between aquaculture and the environment. Marine fish ecology.

Prof. Dubinsky Zvy

Dept. of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University

Algal biotechnology, corals, photoacclimation, photoacoustics, photosynthesis, symbiosis.

Dr. Edelman-Furstenberg Yael

Geological Survey of Israel

Paleoecology of marine environments, especially of differing nutrient gradients. Taphonomy and molluscan shell preservation. Marine geology and paleontology.

Prof. Erez Jonathan

Dept. of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Stable isotopes fractionations and trace element geochemistry in live foraminifera. Photosynthesis, calcification, internal carbon cycling and stable isotopes in symbiotic associations. Carbon isotopic fractionation and carbon limitation in algae during photosynthesis. Nutrient fluxes between coral reefs and the open ocean. CaCO3 dissolution kinetics in the deep ocean and in shallow carbonate shelves.

Dr. Feldstein Tamar

Molecular Systematics Laboratory, The Steinhardt Museum

Sponges, molecular phylogeny/taxonomy.

Prof. Gildor Hezi

Dept. of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Physical oceanography, ocean mixing, radiowave oceanography, climate dynamics.

Dr. Goodman Beverly

Dept. of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa

Marine micropaleontology, geoarchaeology and sedimentology.

Prof. Goulet Tamar

Dept. of Biology, University of Mississippi

Ecology and evolution of symbiotic systems and clonal organisms.

Prof. Guterman Hugo

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Computer engineering: Signal Processing, Biotechnology, Neural Networks, Image processing.

Prof. Hochner Benny

Dept. of Neurobiology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Motor control of flexible arms and neurophysiology of learning and memory in cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish).

Prof. Ilan Micha

Dept. of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Biology, microbiology and biotechnology of sponges (and other invertebrates), with emphasis on symbiosis and natural products.

Dr. Kamyshny Alexey

Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Study of biogeochemistry of modern analogs of ancient ocean; evolution of sulfur cycle through the Earth history; research of impact of sulfur cycle on cycling of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and metals on local and global scales; elucidation of sulfide oxidation intermediates role in sulfur biogeochemistry

Prof. Kaplan Aaron

Dept. of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Interspecies interactions. Role of cyanobacterial toxins. Oxidative stress as a driver of cell death. Cyanobacterial molecular biology. Photosynthetic activity as affected by ambient conditions. C02 concentrating mechanisms. C02 dependent gene expression. Stable isotopes in oceanographic research. Acclimation of diatoms to changes in the light field.

Dr. Katz Timor

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, Haifa

Marine sedimentological processes including sediment fluxes, resuspension transport, accumulation and geochemical interactions with the water column.

Prof. Katzir Gadi

Dept. of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, University of Haifa

Animal behaviour, neuroethology, sensory ecology, vision and visually guided behaviour in vertebrates including fishes, fish eating birds and chameleons.  A main subject of research is vision through the air-water interface of birds and fishes.

Prof. Koren Ilan

Weizmann Institute of Science

Cloud physics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, nonlinear dynamics.

Prof. Kushmaro Ariel

Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Sciences and National Institute of Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN), Ben-Gurion University

Marine microbial ecology, coral microbiology and drugs discovery

Prof. Lazar Boaz

Earth Science Institute, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Geochemistry of water rock interactions. Open sea nutrients dynamics. U-Th dating of fossil and replaced reef corals. Ra isotopes study of adsorption/desorption and redox processes. Meteoric cosmogenic isotopes C-14, Be-10 and Be-7 in the Dead Sea system.

Prof. Lensky Nadav

Geological survey of Israel
  • Limnology of the Dead Sea – field measurements, lab and model.
  • The Dead Sea balances – heat, water and salt.
  • Landscape evolution of the Dead Sea vicinity as response to level decline of the lake.
  • Sedimentation of halite – in situ field measurements, lab, model.

Dr. Lerner Amit

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, Haifa

Ocean optics, visual ecology, marine animal vision, polarization and polarization vision in ocean, radiative transfer.

Prof. Levy Oren

The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences; Bar Ilan University

Biology and ecology of coral reefs, circadian clocks and photobiology.

Prof. Lindell Debbie

Faculty of Biology, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Host-virus interactions in marine cyanobacteria: Ecology, physiology and genome evolution

Dr. Lotan Amit

Nidaria Technology

Marine biotechnology.

Prof. Lotan Tamar

Dept. of Marine Biology, University of Haifa

Marine sedimentological processes including sediment fluxes, transport, accumulation and geochemical interactions with the water column.

Prof. Loya Yossi

Dept. of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Coral reef ecology, coral reproduction, coral diseases and bleaching, sex change in corals, mesophotic reefs, coral connectivity.

Prof. Luz Boaz

Dept. of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Biogeochemistry, global climate change, three stable isotope systems as tracers of the biosphere and atmospheric/ocean interaction.

Prof. Mass Tali

Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa

Research interests: Coral physiology and ecology, biomineralization, using molecular and proteomic tools to understand coral calcification mechanism and how calcifying marine organisms respond physiologically and morphologically to changes in their environment.

Dr. Neori Amir

Morris Kahn Marine Research Station, Dept. of Marine Biology, Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa

Blue tech technologies -  sustainable mariculture, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), the scale up of aquaculture, in particular algae, to match agriculture, with the production of food/feed, bio-fuel and ecosystem services. Ecology of wetlands.


Prof. Oren Aharon

Dept. of Plant & Environnmental Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ecology, physiology and taxonomy of halophilic microorganisms.

Prof. Paldor Nathan

Dept. of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Large scale non-harmonic waves - theory and its application to satellite observations and physical oceanography of the Gulf of Elat.

Dr. Ribak Gal

Dept. of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Biomechanics of animal locomotion and interactions of animals with flow phenomena.  

Prof. Rinkevich Buki

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, Haifa

Marine Invertebrate developmental biology and immunology; cell culture from marine invertebrates; stem-cells in marine organisms; genotoxicity; coral reef biology and restoration.

Dr. Roll Uri

Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Ben-Gurion University

Conservation Biology, Macroecology, Spatial Ecology, Conservation Culturomics


Prof. Schwarz Rakefet

Bar Ilan University

Cyanobacterial stress responses.

Prof. Shashar Nadav

Eilat Campus, Ben Gurion University

Sensory ecology, polarization vision, and habitat restoration.

Prof. Shavit Uri


Environmental, Water and Agricultural Engineering

Prof. Shemesh Aldo

Dept. of Environmental Sciences, The Weizmann Institute of Science

Paleoceanography; Paleoclimate.

Prof. Shenkar Noa

Dept. of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University

Ecotoxicology, ascidians as biological indicators of marine environments.  Marine bioinvasion, regenerative biology, and ecology and taxonomy of ascidians.

Prof. Sher Daniel

The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa

Marine chemical ecology: chemically mediated interactions between marine bacteria and phytoplankton, cnidarians toxins and venoms.

Dr. Silverman Jack

National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research

Marine biogeochemistry, ocean acidification, coral reef metabolism, coastal water and sediment quality, biogeochemical modelling.

Dr. Steindler Laura

Dept. of Marine Biology, University of Haifa

Marine Microbiology.

Prof. Tarazi Ezri

Industrial Design Dept., Technion

As an Industrial Designer my focus is how design and design thinking can support scientific research. My research interest is in equipment design, 3D underwater design, user interface and man-machine ergonomics, materials, algorithm  and shapes relationship.


Prof. Tchernov Dan

Marine Biology Dept., University of Haifa

The long and short-term environment changes that effect and modify complex biological systems on a multitude of levels, with emphasis on the study of corals and marine phytoplankton. The enhancement of our understanding of the fundamental effects of global climatic changes on the marine environment.

Dr. Treibitz Tali

Dept. of Marine Technologies, Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa

Marine imaging and computer vision, novel instruments for in situ ocean research

Prof. Weiner Steve

Dept. of Structural Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science

Biomineralization.  Microarchaeology.

Dr. Winters Gidon

Dead Sea and Arava Science Centre (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)

Seagrass - ecology of seagrass meadows in the Gulf of Aqaba, responses of seagrasses to thermal and salinity stress, seagrass mapping, seagrasses as bio indicators.

Prof. Yahel Gitai

The School for Marine Sciences and Marine Environment, Ruppin Academic Center

Suspension feeders, benthic-pelagic coupling, sediment resuspension, selectivity.

Prof. Yarden Oded

Dept. of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Fungal growth and development.  Fungi from marine environments.

Prof. Yarom Yosi

Dept. of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Cellular physiology of central neurons. Subthreshold oscillations, resonance frequencies and rhythm generation in mammalian central nervous systems.

Prof. Yuval Boaz

Dept. of Entomology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Behavioral ecology of invertebrates; insect-bacteria interactions.

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