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Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences

University of Haifa

Ocean Science & Technology


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Abba Hushi 199, Mt Carmel, HAIFA University
Haifa ISR

I am currently the Director of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa. I transferred to the University of Haifa in 2018 after heading the Aquatic Ecology and Biological Oceanography laboratory at the Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University for >15 yrs. Research at the Berman-Frank laboratory is dedicated to the impact of aquatic ecosystems on the environment and society, ranging from the local to the global scales, from Lake Kinneret to the Mediterranean and Red Seas, to the South Pacific Ocean. Research is focused on how global changes and environmental stressors influence the organisms forming the base of the aquatic food-webs. Other research projects at the Berman-Frank laboratory are more locally relevant to issues specifically affecting our local marine environments of the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and include examining the impacts of discharges from the rapidly expanding desalination industries on microbial coastal populations. I also have extensive experience in local and international capacities promoting marine sciences. I have served as President of the Israeli Association of Aquatic Sciences; Chair of the Education Committee, Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel (MERCI - a consortium of all Israeli Universities focusing on Mediterranean Sea research and education); Co-Chair of the International Group of Aquatic Primary Productivity (GAP); member of the International Association of Limnology and Oceanography(ASLO) ethics and scientific organizing committees; member of the Board of Directors for "EcoOcean" an environmental NGO promoting marine research and education.

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