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  • Scientific staff

Scientific staff

Collections-wide support team:

Dr. Revital Ben-David Zaslow – Chief Collections Manager
Yonatan Gur – Collections Database Manager

Terrestrial vertebrates section

Curators
Prof. Shai Meiri, Section Leader – Reptiles, mammals, and birds
Prof. Eli Geffen – Mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
Prof. Tamar Dayan – Mammals
Dr. Eran Levin – Bats
Prof. Yossi Yovel – Bats
Prof. (emeritus) Yoram Yom-Tov – Birds and mammals (Curator emeritus)

Collection managers
Erez Maza – Reptiles
Dr. Karin Tamar – Mammals
Dr. Amos Belmaker – Birds
Daniel Berkowic – Birds (eggs and nests)
Avigail Ben-Dov Segal – Birds (The Feather Lab Manager)

Taxidermy
Igor Gavrilov – Chief Taxidermist
Dr. Stanislav Volynchik – Taxidermist and Preparator
Hamutal Friedman – Technical Assistant

Volunteers
Arieh Landsman
Moshe Geizler
Mira Ideles

Aquatic and marine section

Curators
Prof. Jonathan Belmaker, Section Leader – Fishes
Prof. Roi Holzman – Fishes
Dr. Frida Ben-Ami – Mollusks
Prof. Noa Shenkar – Ascidians
Dr. Omri Bronstein – Echinoderms
Prof. Micha Ilan – Sponges
Dr. Stanislav Pen-Mouratov – Nematodes
Prof. Menachem Goren – Fishes (Curator emeritus)
Prof. (emeritus) Yehuda Benayahu – Soft corals (Curator emeritus)
Prof. Bella Galil – Crustaceans (Curator emerita)

Associate Curator
Dr. Nir Stern – Fishes (IOLR)

Collection managers
Dr. Sigal Shefer – Sponges
Henk Mienis – Mollusks
Oz Rittner – Mollusks
Dr. Noga Sokolover – Bryozoans
Dr. Liron Goren – Ringed worms
Ya’arit Levitt Barmats – Crustaceans
Dr. Bat-Sheva Rothman – Fishes
Kfir Gayer – Fishes
Dr. Revital Ben-David Zaslow – Corals and special projects
Dr. Zafrir Kuplik – Coelenterates
Dr. Lion Novak – Ascidians

Entomology section

Curators
Dr. Netta Dorchin, Section Leader – Chief curator of Entomology, Flies
Dr. Amnon Freidberg In blessed memory – Flies (Curator emeritus)
Dr. Vasiliy Kravchenko – Moths
Prof. Vladimir Chikatunov – Beetles
Dr. Sergei Zonstein – Spiders
Dr. Gal Ribak – Beetles
Prof. (emeritus) Abraham Hefetz – Bees (Curator emeritus)
Dr. Dany Simon – Mantids, roaches, lacewings (Curator emeritus)

Associate curators
Dr. Yael Mandelik – Bees (the Hebrew University)
Dr. David Furth – small orders (the United States National Museum of Natural History)
Dr. Inon Scharf – Lacewings

Collection managers
Dr. Zoya Yefremova – Parasitoid wasps
Dr. Gideon Pisanty – Parasitoid wasps
Dr. Achik Dorchin – Bees
Dr. Moshe Guershon – Grasshoppers, katydids, crickets
Dr. Wolf Kuslitzky – Parasitoid wasps
Dr. Armin Ionescu-Hirsch – Wasps and ants
Dr. Tatyana (Tania) Novoselsky – Heteroptera
Ariel-Leib-Leonid (Laibale) Friedman – Beetles
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Morgulis – Flies
Dr. Mike Mostovski – Flies
Dr. Malkie Spodek – Aphids, whiteflies, scale insects, jumping lice, cicadas
Oz Rittner – Butterflies and moths

Volunteers
Dr. Avi Keysary
Tirza Stern
Dr. Binyamin Shalmon
Amir Weinstein

Herbarium section

Curator
Dr. Yuval Sapir, Section Leader

Associate curator
Dr. Jotham Ziffer Berger

Collection managers
Dr. Razy Hoffman – Herbaria of marine and freshwater plants, Cyanobacteria and aquatic parasitic fungi
Dr. Jotham Ziffer Berger – Land plant herbarium
Yonatan Gur – Fungi
Bruria Gal – Fungi

Yarden Kirschenbaum – Technical Assistant

Paleobiology section

Curators
Dr. Dafna Langgut, Section Leader – Archaeobotany
Dr. Lidar Sapir-Hen – Archaeozoology
Dr. Meirav Meiri – Archeobiology (Ancient DNA)
Dr. Yuri Katz – Invertebrate Palaeontology
Dr. Olga Orlov-Labkovsky – Micropaleontology

Associate Curators
Prof. Sigal Abramovich – Paleontology (Ben-Gurion University)
Prof. Miriam Belmaker – Archaeozoology (University of Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Collections manager
Dr. Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer – Palaeontology and Archaeomalacology

Molecular systematics and tissue collection

Curator
Prof. Dorothee Huchon

Collection manager
Dr. Tamar Feldstein-Farkash

The Dan David Center for Human Evolution and Biohistory Research


Prof. (emeritus) Israel Hershkovitz – Curator and Head of Center
Dr Hilla May – Curator
Dr Rachel Sarig – Curator
Prof. (emeritus) Yoel Rak – Curator Emeritus
Prof. (emeritus) Baruch Arensburg – Curator Emeritus

Technical assistants
Yulia Makoviychuk
Elinor Levi
liron Chavoinik
Inessa Efraimov

Administrative manager
Einat Kedar

Applied research centers

The Israel National Center for Aquatic Ecology

Dr. Yaron Hershkovitz — Director
Tuvia Eshcoly — Lab manager and ecology
Avital Katz — Aquatic collection database manager, ecology and website
Naomi Gordon — Administration and ecology
Etai Kahana — Taxonomy (Dipterans) and ecology, mapping (GIS)
Almog Hershko — Taxonomy (Mollusks) and ecology
Nili Segman — Taxonomy (Odonates) and ecology
Adi Weiss — Taxonomy (Caddisflies) and ecology

The Entomological Laboratory for Applied Ecology

Ittai Renan — Director
Gilad Ben Zvi — Lab manager
Merav Shemesh — Technician
Ahikam Gera — Technician
Dr. Enav Vidan — Technician
Tania Bird — Technician
Itai Namir — Technician
Dafi Lavi — Technician

HaMaarag — Israel’s Nature Assessment Program

Ittai Renan — Director
Noa Zanzuri — Administrative manager
Dr. Rael Horowitz — Terrestrial biodiversity monitoring program coordinator
Michal Koren — GIS and cartography coordinator
Dr. Tanya Bird — ‘Red Book’ coordinator
Dr. Ron Chen — Quantitative ecology coordinator
Itay Namir — Mammals activity research (Master’s degree)

The Open Landscapes Institute

Uri Ramon — Director
Aviv Avisar — Head of the Research Unit
Dr Liron Amdur — Researcher
Noa Zanzuri — Administrative Manager
Gal Kagan — GIS Coordinator
Dr. Amir Perelberg — Head of Survey Unit
Eitan Romem — Survey Manager
Merav Lebel — Survey Manager
Bar Shemesh — Survey Manager
Miryam Ron — Head of Botanical Research
Amit Mendelson — Survey Manager
Idan Talmon — Survey Manager
Omri Shalev — Survey Manager
Hila Gil — Hotspots Research Coordinator
Uri Shapira — Survey Manager
Liraz Cabra-Leykin — Survey Manager
Nadav Sade — Assimilation and Social visibility
Shilo Navon — Researcher
Einat Gera — Survey Coordinator

Museum Scientists

Museum scientists are Tel Aviv University faculty members who have a special relationship with the museum and contribute to its missions in research, conservation, and education.

Prof. Arnon Lotem, School of Zoology
Prof. Noga Kronfeld-Schor, School of Zoology
Prof. Amir Ayali, School of Zoology
Prof. David Eilam, School of Zoology
Dr. Ofir Levy, School of Zoology
Dr. Takuya Iwamura, School of Zoology
Dr. Orr Spiegel, School of Zoology
Prof. Avigdor Abelson, School of Zoology
Dr. Inon Scharf, School of Zoology
Prof. Marcelo Sternberg, School of Plant Sciences & Food Security
Prof. Lilach Hadany, School of Plant Sciences & Food Security
Prof. Itay Mayrose, School of Plant Sciences & Food Security
Prof. Israel Finkelstein, Department of Archeology and Near Eastern Studies
Dr. Joseph Hendler, Department of Art History
Prof. Eva Yablonka, Cohn Institute of Philosophy

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