A Little About Me...

Professor of Geophysics, Director of the Minerva Dead Sea Research Center in the Department of Geophysical, Atmosperic 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,
Founding Director, Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa
Head, Israel Center for Mediterranean Sea Research

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B.Sc. with honors, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Geology), 1969.
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Geophysics), 1973.

Academic And Professional Experience:

Duties held: 1985-1986 President, Israel Geological Society.
1987-1991 Chairman, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University.
2004-         Chairman, Israel National Committee IUGS
2008-         Scientific Advisor to the President of the State of Israel
Research Topics:
  • Continental Margins.
  • Structure and evolution of passive continental margins.
  • * Levant continental margin.
  • Tectonic processes at active continental margins.
  • * Pacific and Indian Oceans active margins.
    * Calabrian, Hellenic and Cyprean Arcs, eastern Mediterranean.
  • Sheared continental margins.
  • * Agulhas margin.
  • Continental Transforms.
  • Dead Sea fault.
  • San Andreas fault.
  • Philippine fault.
  • Collisional Processes at plate margins.
  • Membership in National and International Committees -- partial list: Editorial Boards: Membership in Educational Committees -- Tel Aviv University.
  • Departmental Ph.D. Committee, Chair
  • Departmental M.Sc. Committee, Chair
  • Departmental B.Sc. Committee
  • Dean's Committee
  • Honors and Awards:

    1976 Grader Prize, Israel Geological Society
    1981 Fellow, Geological Society of America
    1984 Citation of excellence, USSR Academy of Sciences
    1985 Freund Prize, Israel Geological Society
    1985 Invited Lecture, Royal Astronomical Society, London
    1996 Foreign member, Academia Europaea
    1998 Incumbent of the Nebenzahl and Grossberg Chair in Geodynamics
    1999 Fellow, American Geophysical Union
    2000 Corresponding member, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
    2000 Member, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
    2003 Israel Prize
    2003 Honorary member, World Jewish Academy of Sciences
    2004 L.Meitner-A.v. Humboldt Research Award
    2006 Foreign member, Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
    2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Israeli Association for Aquatic Sciences

    Professional Societies:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Sigma Xi (M.I.T. Chapter)
  • European Geophysical Society
  • Israel Geological Society
  • Scientific Publications:

    Over 230 publications in scientific journals and ten books and special  issues. To see the list of publications press here.
    Supervision of PhD and MSc Students and of Post Doctoral Fellows:

    29 PhD Students
    35 MSc Students
    6 Post Doctoral Fellows  


    Last Updated: April, 2013.