I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1962.  I lived there until the age of 20, completing my schooling and first year of college at the University of the Witwatersrand.  I moved to Israel in 1982, and completed my undergraduate B.Sc. degree in Geophysics and Atmospheric Science, at Tel Aviv Universtiy, in 1985.  I continued on with a M.Sc. degree in Atmospheric Sciences at TAU working on cloud physics, sulfate aerosols, and acidic precipitation.  After the completion of my masters degree in 1988, I moved on to Columbia University in New York,where I completed my Ph.D. in Atmopsheric Sciences via the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space  Studies in  New York. My Ph.D. research dealt with global climate change, having a special  focus  on  global  lightning activity.  After getting my Ph.D. in 1993, I moved to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for a 2 - year postdoc in the Atmospheric  Sciences  Division.  My  postdoc  dealt  with  lightning - produced NOx and the implications for tropospheric chemistry.  Since 1995 I am a faculty member of the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences at Tel Aviv University.  I am married and the proud father of three beautiful girls.  Besides sports (running) I enjoy painting and cooking.

My Office Phone is:  972-3-6405689

My Fax is: 972-3-6409282

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From - to Institute Degree Specialization
1988-1993 Columbia University, New York Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, Climate Change
1985-1988 Tel Aviv University M.Sc. Geophysics and Cloud Physics
1982-1985 Tel Aviv University B.Sc.  Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences
1981-1982 University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

From - to Institute Position  Specialization
Tel Aviv University,
Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences
Full Professor Lightning, Climate Change, Severe Weather,
Natural Electromagnetic Radiation,
09/2003 - 03/2007
Tel Aviv University,
Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences
Associate Professor
Lightning, Climate, Severe Weather,
Natural Electromagnetic Radiation
09/2001 - 09/2002
Meteorological Service of Canada,
 Downsview, Canada
Visiting Professor
Lightning and severe weather, nowcasting
04/1998 - 09/2003 Tel Aviv University, 
Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences
Senior Lecturer Lightning, Thunderstorms, Climate Change
09/1995 - 03/1998 Tel Aviv University, 
Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences
Lecturer Climate Change, Global Lightning, El Nino
06/1993 - 07/1995 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
California, USA
Postdoctoral Research
Atmospheric Chemistry, Lightning,
Climate Change
08/1988 - 05/1993


NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies,
Columbia University, NY

Graduate Research
Climate Modeling, Lightning, Fires



American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
Israel Meteorological Society
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science (IAMAS)
International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA)
International Commision on Atmospheric Electricity (ICAE)
Union of Radio Science International (URSI)

Sigma Xi (Research Scientists Honour Society)


2001            Environment and Living Foundation Science Award, LSB Baden Wuerttemberg and Konstanz University (Konstanz, Germany)

2007            Discovery Magazine Top Science Stories of 2007 (ranked 25th in top 100 stories)

2007             Elected to Executive Council of the International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity (ICAE)

2008            Outstanding Referee Citation - Geophysical Research Letters (American Geophysical Union)

2008            TELFED Yakir Zion Award for South African Immigrants (Tel Aviv, Israel)

2011            Elected to Executive Council of the International Association of Meterology and Atmospheric Science (IAMAS)

2011            Elected to Chair Commission E1 of the International Radio Science Union (URSI)

2012            Elected Associate Editor of Journal of Geophsyical Research - Atmospheres