Dr. Roi Holzman
Ph.D.: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2006r
Phone: (Office) + (972)-8-6360-134
E-mail: holzman@post.tau.ac.il
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Personal Information


I am a resident scientist at the Inter-University Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (IUI). The bulk of the work in my group is carried out at IUI. If you need more details on IUI, please go to iui-eilat.ac.il

2010-Present, senior lecturer, the department of Zoology in Tel Aviv University and the Inter-University institute for marine science in Eilat.

2007-2010, Post-doctoral fellow. University of California in Davis, Dept. of Evolution and Ecology. Host: Prof. Peter Wainwright.

2006-2007, Rothschild post-doctoral fellow. University of California in Davis, Dept. of Evolution and Ecology. Host: Prof. Peter Wainwright.

2001-2006, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dep of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, Doctorate degree. Supervisor: Prof. Amatzia Genin.

1999-2001, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dep of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, Master’s degree. Supervisor: Prof. Amatzia Genin. A “direct route” transfer to Doctorate program (no thesis)

1995-1998, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Biology Bachelor’s degree, Graduated with distinction (MAGNA CUM LAUDE).

Funding :

2012-2015: Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection. First assessment of biological diversity of the larval pool of reef fishes in the northern gulf of Eilat as a baseline for assessing environmental perturbations. Co-PI: Moshe Kiflawi (BGU). 50,000 NIS/Year. Funding period: 36 months.

2011-2015: Israel Science Foundation. Suction feeding at low Reynolds numbers: Hydrodynamic and biomechanic constraints on larval fishes feeding. 288,000 NIS/Year. Funding period: 48 months.

2011-2012: Israel Science Foundation equipment grant. 3-D PIV system for measuring biological flows. $103,000. Funding period: 12 months.

2010- IRG: International reintegration grant, FP7 framework – €100,000. Funding period: 48 months.

2006: Rothshield postdoctoral fellow for 2006-2007 – $35,000. Funding period: 12 months.

Teaching Experience:
Assistant and Lecturer in the Following Courses:
1.“Introduction to Marine Invertebrates”- 2000.
2. “Introduction to Ecology” -2000
3. “Introduction to the Ecosystem of the Gulf of Eilat”- 2001-2003, 2005, 2006
4. “Introduction to Plankton Systematics and Biology”- 2002
5. “Marine Animal Behavior”- 2002 - 2003
6.“Quantitative Methods in Marine Ecology” - 2002, 2004, 2006
7. “Vertebrate anatomy”- Advanced undergraduate class and laboratory. 2011-present, Tel Aviv University.
8. “Selected reading in Evolution and Ecology”- Advanced undergraduate class. 2012-present, Tel Aviv University.
9. “Quantitative Methods in Marine Ecology”- Advanced graduate course. 2012-present. Inter-University institute for marine sciences, Eilat.


Responsible for the 2001-2002 seminar series, Marine Biology Laboratory, Eilat

Awards and Fellowships :
2001 - Rector’s Award for Excellence in Master’s Study, Hebrew University.
2003 – Fiedler Award for Exellence in Research, Marine Biology Laboratory.
2003- Rieger JNF Fellowship in Environmental Studies 2003-2004.
2004- Rieger-JNF Fellowship in Environmental Studies 2004-2005.
2004- “Jack Ward” Award for best student oral presentation. Ecological and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes Meeting, Iceland.
2006- Rothshield postdoctoral fellow for 2006-2007.


 

Research Interests

I tend to think about myself as a comparative functional morphologist, interested in the ways animals use their “toolkits” to function in ecologicaly-relevant situations, and in the evolutionary implications of these “toolkits” on their ecology. Currently, I am interested in the ways hydrodynamics modulates the relationship between form and function; interpretation of these relationships that seem intuitive on land are not at all trivial in water...
I work mostly on marine and freshwater fish, but I have also worked on corals and zooplankton.




Full Publications

Staab, K. L., R. Holzman, P. Hernande and P. C. Wainwright (2012). Independently evolved upper jaw protrusion mechanisms show convergent hydrodynamic function in teleost fishes. Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 1456.

Holzman, R., D.C. Collar, S.A. Price, C.D. Hulsey, R.C. Thomson and P.C. Wainwright (2012). Biomechanical trade-offs bias rates of evolution in the feeding apparatus of fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279, 1287-1292.

Holzman, R., D.C. Collar, R.S. Mehta and P.C. Wainwright (2012). An integrative modeling approach to elucidate suction feeding performance. Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 1-13.

Price, S.A., R. Holzman, T.J. Near and P.C. Wainwright. (2011). Coral Reefs Promote the Evolution of Morphological Diversity and Ecological Novelty in Labrid Fishes. Ecology Letters 14: 462-469.

Holzman, R., D.C. Collar, R.S. Mehta. and P.C. Wainwright. (2011). Functional complexity mitigates evolutionary trade-offs. American Naturalist 177 :E69-83.

Monismith S.G., Davis K.A., Shellenbarger G.G., Hench J.L., Nidzieko N.J., Santoro, A.E., Reidenbach M.A., Rosman J.H., Holtzman R, Martens C.S., Lindquist N.L., Southwell M.W., and Genin A. (2010) Flow effects on benthic grazing on a tropical reef. Limnology & Oceanography 55, 1881–1892.

Hulsey C. D. Hollingsworth P. R. jr, and Holzman R (2010). Co-evolution of the premaxilla and jaw protrusion in cichlid fishes (Heroine: Cichlidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 100, 619-629.

Steinbuck, J.V., A. Genin, S.G. Monismith, J.R. Koseff, R. Holzman and R.G. Labiosa (2010). Turbulent mixing in fine-scale phytoplankton layers: Observations and inferences of layer dynamics. Continental Shelf Research 30, 442–455.

Winters, G., R. Holzman, A. Blekhman, S. Beer, and Y. Loya. (2009) Photographic assessment of coral chlorophyll contents: implications for ecophysiological studies and coral monitoring. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 380, 25-35.

Holzman, R., and P.C. Wainwright (2009). How to surprise a copepod: Strike kinematics reduce hydrodynamic disturbance and increase stealth of suction feeding fish. Limnology & Oceanography. 54, 2201–2212

Holzman, R., S.W. Day, Mehta R.S. and P.C. Wainwright. (2008) Jaw protrusion enhances forces exerted on prey by suction feeding fishes. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface 5: 1445–1457. [news coverege of this paper on ScienceNow: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/33079/title/Suction_hunters_].

Holzman, R., S.W. Day, R.S. Mehta and P.C. Wainwright. (2008) Integrating the determinants of suction feeding performance in centrarchid fishes. Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 3296-3305. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.020909

Holzman, R., D.C. Collar, S.W. Day, Bishop K.L. and P.C. Wainwright. (2008) Scaling of suction-induced flows in bluegill: morphological and kinematic predictors for the ontogeny of feeding performance. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:2658-2668.

Bishop, K.L., P.C. Wainwright and R. Holzman. (2008) Anterior to posterior wave of buccal expansion in suction feeding fish is critical for optimizing fluid flow velocity profile. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface 28:1309-1316.

Holzman, R., S.W. Day and P.C. Wainwright. (2007) Timing is everything: coordination of strike kinematics affects the force exerted by suction feeding fish on attached prey. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 3328-3336.

Holzman, R., M. Ohavia, R. Vaaknin and A. Genin. (2007) The abundance and distribution of nocturnal fishes over a coral reef during the night. Marine Ecology Progress Series 342: 205-215.

Kiflawi, M., J. Belmaker, E. Brokovich, S. Einbinder and R. Holzman. (2007) Species diversity can drive speciation: comment. Ecology 88: 2132–2135.

Wainwright, P.C., A.M. Carrol, D.C. Collar, S.W Day, T.E. Higham and R. Holzman. (2007) Suction feeding mechanics, performance and diversity in fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology 47: 96-106

Kent, R., R. Holzman and A. Genin. (2006) Group-size dependent feeding success in the damselfish Dascyllus marginatus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 323: 299–303.

Kiflawi, M., J. Belmaker, E. Brokovich, S. Einbinder and R. Holzman. (2006). Species-richness determinants of a relatively young coral-reef ichthyofuana. Journal of Biogeography 33:1289–1294.

Holzman, R., H. Howland, N. Shashar and G. Katzir. (2006) Accommodation during prey capturing strikes under low light levels in the cardinalfish Apogon annularis (Pisces; Apogonidae). Vision Research 46: 2094 –2101.

Holzman, R. and A. Genin. (2005). Mechanisms of selectivity in nocturnal fish: a minor role for active prey choice. Oecologia 146:329-336.

Holzman, R., M.A. Reidenbach, S.G. Monismith, J.R. Koseff, and A. Genin. (2005). Near-bottom depletion of zooplankton over a coral reef: II. Relationships with zooplankton swimming ability. Coral Reefs 24:87-94.

Goldshmid R., R. Holzman, D. Weihs, and A. Genin. 2004. Aeration of corals by sleep-swimming fish. Limnology & Oceanography 49, 1832-1839. [see news coverage in Science Editors' Choice: Highlights of the recent literature; Sugden, A.M. 2004. Rapid Fin Movement Sleep. Science 305: 1533]

Fishelson L., G. Ayalon, Zverdling A, and R. Holzman. 2004. Comparative Morphology of the Eye (With Particular Attention to the Retina) in Various Species of Cardinal Fish (Apogonidae, Teleostei). The Anatomical record part A 277A:249 –261.

Holzman, R. and A. Genin. 2003. Zooplanktivory by nocturnal coral-reef fish: effects of light, flow, and prey density. Limnology & Oceanography 48: 1367-1375. pdf


Fishelson L., G. Ayalon, Zverdling A, and R. Holzman. 2004. Comparative Morphology of the Eye (With Particular Attention to the Retina) in Various Species of Cardinal Fish (Apogonidae, Teleostei). The Anatomical record part A 277A: 249 –261. pdf


Goldshmid R., R. Holzman, D. Weihs, and A. Genin. 2004. Aeration of corals by sleep-swimming fish. Limnology & Oceanography 49: 1832-1839. pdf


Holzman, R., M.A. Reidenbach, S.G. Monismith, J.R. Koseff, and A. Genin. (2005). “Near-bottom depletion of zooplankton over a coral reef: II. Relationships with zooplankton swimming ability”. Coral Reefs 24: 87-94. pdf


Holzman, R. and A. Genin. (2005). Mechanisms of selectivity in nocturnal fish: a minor role for active prey choice. Oecologia 146: 329-336. pdf


Holzman, R., H. Howland, N. Shashar and G. Katzir. (2006) Accommodation during prey capturing strikes under low light levels in the cardinalfish Apogon annularis (Pisces; Apogonidae). Vision Research 46: 2094 –2101. pdf


Kiflawi, M. J. Belmaker, E. Brokovich S. Einbinder and R. Holzman. (2006). Species-richness determinants of a relatively young coral-reef ichthyofuana. Journal of Biogeography 33: 1289–1294. pdf


Kent, R. R. Holzman and Amatzia Genin. (2006) Group-size dependent feeding success in the damselfish Dasyllus marginatus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 323: 299-303. pdf


Wainwright, P.C, A.M. Carrol, D.C. Collar, S.W Day, T.E. Higham and R. Holzman. (2007) Suction feeding mechanics, performance and diversity in fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology 47: 96-106. pdf


Kiflawi, M. J. Belmaker, E. Brokovich S. Einbinder and R. Holzman. (2007) Diversity, diversification and sampling effects: Comment. Ecology 88: 2132–2135. pdf


Holzman, R. M. Ohavia, R. Vaaknin and A. Genin. (2007) The abundance and distribution of nocturnal fishes over a coral reef during the night. Marine Ecology Progress Series 342: 205–215. pdf


Holzman, R., S.W. Day and P.C. Wainwright. (2007) Timing is everything: coordination of strike kinematics affects the force exerted by suction feeding fish on attached prey. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 3328-3336. pdf


Bishop, K.L., P.C. Wainwright and R. Holzman. (in press) Anterior to posterior wave of buccal expansion in suction feeding fish is critical for optimizing fluid flow velocity profile. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface. pdf


Holzman, R., S.W. Day, Mehta R.S. and P.C. Wainwright. (in press) Jaw protrusion enhances forces exerted on prey by suction feeding fishes. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface.


Holzman, R., D.C. Collar, S.W. Day, Bishop K.L. and P.C. Wainwright. (in press) Scaling of suction-induced flows in bluegill: morphological and kinematic predictors for the ontogeny of feeding performance. Journal of Experimental Biology.


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