Personal Details:

 

Date and place of birth: 25 July 1967, Israel.

Address at work: Zoological Museum, Department of Zoology, TelAvivUniversity, Ramat Aviv 69978, Israel

Tel: + 972-3-6408613.

Email: shef@post.tau.ac.il  

 

Education

 

B.Sc 1989-1992           The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.Biology (with distinction)

M.Sc. 1992-1994          The HebrewUniversity, Jerusalem, Department of Evolution,

                                        Systematics and Ecology, Marine Ecology, (with distinction) Supervisor:
                                        Dr. A. Genin, The HebrewUniversity, Jerusalem. Title of thesis: "The
                                        ecology of tissue recovery in stony corals"   

Ph.D. 1996-2003         Institute for Nature Conservation Research, Tel-AvivUniversity
                                        Advisors: Dr. A. Abelson and Dr. E. Geffen. Title of Thesis: “Factors and
                                        processes facilitating the invasion of Brachidontes pharaonis to the
                                        LevantBasin"

 
Professional Activities

 

2003-present     Lab management and research assistance in the laboratory of Prof. Micha
                                 Ilan. Department of Zoology, TelAvivUniversity. 

2010                    Management and research of the Porifera and Bryozoa collections, Natural
                                 History Collections, Department of Zoology,Tel Aviv University

2006- 2010         Lecturer, School of Marine Science and  Marine environment,  Ruppin
                                 AcademicCenter

2004-2006         Academic supervisor, MarineScienceProgram  RuppinAcademicCenter

2003                    Lecturing and scientific support for the Multinational education project of
                                marine bio-invasions in the eastern Mediterranean Sea (MEAL).

1996-2002         Marine ecological works with Dr. Avigdor Abelson (The Institute for Nature
                                conservation Research, Tel-AvivUniversity)

1997-2002         Molecular work with Dr. Ofer Mokady, including variety of cloning and analytical tools (The Institute for Nature Conservation Research, Tel-AvivUniversity)

1998-2002         Analysis of molecular data with Dr. Eli Geffen, Including phylogenetics and population biology  (The Institute for Nature Conservation Research, Tel-AvivUniversity)

1990-1992         Marine ecological research (research assistant), in Dr. A. Genin’s laboratory. (H. Steinitz Marine Biology Laboratory, The Interuniversity Institution for Marine Sciences of Eilat, Israel)

 

Educational  Activities:

 

Courses taught

 

2002-2010         Instructor, General Biology course, The Open University, Israel

1999- 2010        Teaching , The littoral of the Mediterranean Sea; Littoral – Projects, Introduction of the marine environment, School of Marine Sciences, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

1996- 2001        Teaching assistant, Vertebrates Anatomy; Invertebrate Zoology (Head of the teaching assistant staff), Tel-AvivUniversity for undergraduate and graduate courses

1992-1994         Teaching assistant, From Organism to Community – Field course for B.Sc. students,  The Hebrew University, Jerusalem:

1991-1992         Teaching enrichment, Zoology and Marine Biology – Courses in the Unit for Science Oriented Youth. The HebrewUniversity, Jerusalem

 

Awards, Citations, Honors Fellowships

 

2000                 The E. Karten award for tutorial achievements

1999                 The Henry Ford European Conservation Award

1998                 The Interuniversity fund for Ecology – Ph.D. fund

1998                 The Reiger foundation for Environmental Studies

1997                 The Internal Tel-AvivUniversity Fund

1996-2000       Ph.D. scholarship of the Tel-AvivUniversity

1993                 The Interuniversity fund for Ecology – M.Sc. fund

 

Scientific Publications

 

  1. Hizi-Degany, N., E. Meroz-Fine, S. Shefer, and M. Ilan (2007) Tale of Two Colors - Cladopsammia gracilis (Dendrophylliidae) color morphs distinguished also by their genetics and ecology Marine Biology. DIO: 10.1007/s00227-007-0653-9.

  2. Meroz-Fine, E., S. Shefer, and M. Ilan (2005) Changes in morphology and physiology of an East Mediterranean sponge in different habitats. Marine Biology. 147:243-250. 

  3. Shefer, S., A. Abelson, O. Mokady, and E.Geffen (2004). Red to Mediterranean Sea bioinvasion: natural drift through the Suez Canal, or anthropogenic transport? Molecular Ecology. 13(8): 2333-2343.

  4. Genin, A., S. Ramati (Shefer), M. Albert, and A. Shemesh (1996). Stable isotopes indicate a greater effect of flow on heterotrophy than phototrophy in exposed corals. Proceedings of the 8th International Coral Reef Symposium (Abstract).

  5. Ramati (Shefer), S. 1994. The effect of eutrophication on corals’ tissue regeneration. Isr. J. Zool. 40: 107-108. (Abstract).

 

Lectures and Presentations

 

  1. Shefer, S., A. Abelson and O. Mokady, E.Geffen (2006). Red to Mediterranean Sea bioinvasion: The case study of Brachidontes pharaonis. Third Annual Conference of the Israeli Association of Aquatic Sciences (University of Haifa), P.40 (Abstract, in English).

  2. Shefer, S., A. Abelson and O. Mokady, E.Geffen (2005). Red to Mediterranean Sea bioinvasion: The mussel Brachidontes pharaonis as a model. Conference of Biological Invasions in Israel (Ben-GurionUniversity), P.16 (Abstract, in Hebrew).

  3. Shefer, S., E.Geffen, A. Abelson and O. Mokady (2001). Factors and processes facilitating the invasion of Brachidontes pharaonis to the Levant basin. Proceedings of the International Conference On Marine Bioinvasions, (Abstract).

  4. Shefer, S., E.Geffen, and A. Abelson (2000). The invasion of Red-Sea species to the Mediterranean Sea: defining invasion mechanisms by assessment of transport modes and routes. ICES Annual Science Conference (Abstract).

  5. Ramati, S. 1992. The effect of currents on corals’ tissue regeneration. The 29th Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem).p. 60. (Abstract, in Hebrew).

  6. Ramati, S. 1994. The ecology of coral’s tissue regeneration. The 31th Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel (TelAvivUniversity).p. 60. (Abstract, in Hebrew).

 

Participation in Scientific Meetings and Expeditions

 

2006                 Third Annual Conference of The Israeli Association of Aquatic Sciences (University of Haifa)

2005                 Conference of Biological Invasions in Israel (Ben-GurionUniversity)

2001                 International Conference On Marine Bioinvasions, New Orleans (USA)

2000                 ICES Annual Science Conference, Brugge (Belgium)

2000                 Research expedition to Eritrea

1998;1999      Two research expeditions to Egypt

1994                 The Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel (Tel-Aviv)

1992                 Egyptian-Israeli bilateral expedition

1992                 The Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Israel (Jerusalem)

 

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