Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham
  coring campaign, Dead Sea
Haim Shulman
Daniela Vida

Dr. Hillel Wust-Bloch
 Yoav Lehahn
 Dr. Freddy Alderson
Vicky Ilin
Dr. Michael Lazar
Tal Goldstein
 Shachak Pe'eri
Carmi Zion
Uri Schattner
Dr. Uri Basson
Boaz Getenio
Anat Kedem
Arik Golan
Odelya Toledano

Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham - Head, Minerva Dead Sea Research Center(

Zvi aboard the RV METEOR

Professor of Geophysics, the Incumbent of the Nebenzahl-Grossberg Chair in Geodynamics and Director of the Minerva Dead Sea Center in the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978, Israel. Holds the Max Sonnenberg Professor of Marine Geoscience, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town. Visit my home page.
Haim Shulman - Senior Scientist  (
Haim, a petroleum geologist, is currently reinterpreting the seismic data from the Dead Sea with special emphasis on salt distribution. The study includes the area between En-Geddi in the north to the northern Arava (Iddan fault) in the south. He is also working on the interpretation of merged seismic lines across the Israeli-Jordanian international border and providing new insights into the geology of the Golan Heights.

Dr. Hillel Wust-Bloch - Scientist (

Hillel Wust-Bloch
Hillel received his Ph.D. from the ETH Zurich. Hillel's fields of interest are seismic hazard and risk assessment. He is currently working with Prof. Manfred Joswig on the development of a unique seismic detection system, able to detect micro and even nano earthquakes.

Dr. Freddy Alderson
Freddy Alderson
Freddy, originally from Belgium, has just finished his Ph.D. on the crustal structure of the Dead Sea region using local earthquake tomography. Freddy currently resides in New York with his wife and family.
Dr. Michael Lazar (
michael lazar
Michael recently completed his Ph.D. combining numerous techniques (seismic, remote sensing and submarine) to examine tectonic processes along the northern edges of pull-apart basins along the Dead Sea fault, using the northern Dead Sea as a case study. He received his M.Sc. from the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel, in hyperspectral remote sensing, atmospheric corrections and water quality (Magna Cum Laude). The research was carried out in cooperation with the GFZ, Potsdam Germany. Currently, he is working in cooperation with the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) on an interdisciplinary, multinational project.

Michael is the Minerva Dead Sea Research Center's expert on remote sensing and an expert on the tectonics of the Dead Sea.

Shachak Pe'eri (
Shachak Pe'eri
Shachak received his M.Sc for research on the GPS network in Israel. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in the field of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). Shachak is combining interferometric data with precise leveling and GPS data in order to evaluate the uplift of the Mount Sodom salt diapir in the southern Dead Sea.
Uri Schattner (
Uri in the field
Uri studied geology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and obtained his M.Sc. from Tel Aviv University using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to shed light on the geo-hydrological problem of sinkholes along the shores of the Dead Sea. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in marine geophysics. His thesis topic deals with the offshore continuation of the Carmel Fault and the tectonic regime of the north-eastern Mediterranean. Visit my homepage.
Daniela Vida (
daniela vida

Daniela received her B.Sc in Geology and Environmental Sciences from Ben Gurion University in the Negev. She is currently working towards an M.Sc in the field of seismology. Her research questions the possibility of salinitization of the Judea aquifer from the Mediterranean Sea. The research focuses on tectonic processes along the continental shelf. 

Yoav Lehahn (
Yoav Lehan

Yoav received his M.Sc on detection of chlorophyll and suspended matter in the Southeastern Mediterranean using remote sensing methods. The work was carried out in collaboration with Dr. Dan Blumberg from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Yoav began his Ph.D.  on analysis of small scale oceanic features and of their impact on the transport of tracers, through multi-spectral satellite images. This project is in cooperation between Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham and Dr. Eyal Heyfets from Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Marina Levy  from Laboratoire d'Océanographie Dynamique et de Climatologie (LODYC) in Paris.

Vicky Ilin (
Vicky Ilin

Vicky completed her masters on the subject of bathymetric and bottom type mapping in the northern coastal and inner shelf area of Israel using Hyperspectral remote sensing data from the Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI) and in situ measurements. She is currently working for Paradigm Geophysical in Australia.

Tal Goldstein (
Tal Goldstein

Tal has just completed her masters degree. Her research dealt with monitoring microearthquakes by mini seismic arrays for mapping active faults. The research focuses on utilizing sensitive seismometers for recording, recognition and location of small events originating on active fault segments. Tal's research is being conducted in cooperation with Prof. Manfred Joswig and Dr. Hillel Wust-Bloch.

Carmi Zion (

Carmi Zion
Carmi is currently working on his master thesis on earthquake induced landslide risk analysis in the Arbel area and in the city of Tiberias. In his work, he is analyzing susceptibility for slope failure by cumulative displacement analysis, using G.I.S. Carmi’s research is being conducted under the supervision of Professor Zvi Ben-Avraham and Dr. Oded Katz from the Geological Survey of Israel.

Dr. Uri Basson (
Uri conducting a GPR survey

Uri has about 10 years experience in geophysical exploration applied to a wide range of disciplines, including civil engineering, environment and archeology. Uri received his M.Sc. in geophysics, on the topic of GPR, from Tel Aviv University, Israel has just finished his Ph.D.: "Imaging of an Active Fault Zone in the Dead Sea Rift: The Evrona Fault Zone as a Case Study". He is also the founder of Geo-Sense - Environmental & Engineering Geophysical Center Ltd.