The Annual Haifa Conference on the Mediterranean Sea Research - Speakers

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Prof. Anton le Roex

Anton le RoexCurrently acting Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Completed a BSc degree in Geology and Geochemistry from Stellenbosch University, 1975, a BSc Honors in Geochemistry from UCT in 1976 and a PhD in Geochemistry from UCT in 1980. Held a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts USA 1980-1981. Appointed as a Research Officer in the Department of Geochemistry UCT 1982-1985, and then appointed as Lecturer in 1986 and moved through the ranks to Associate Professor in the Department of Mineralogy and Geology, UCT. Promoted to Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Geological Sciences UCT 1997-. Held a Visiting Professorship, University of Hawaii, 1989-1990. Served as Head of Department of Geological Sciences, UCT 1991 through 2005; Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science, UCT 2001-2010; Dean of the Faculty of Science 2011 to 2017; and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, UCT 2018 -. Research interests include the geochemistry of volcanic rocks from the ocean basins, the geochemistry and chemical evolution of the Earth’s deep mantle, and the origin of alkaline magmas, including kimberlites, from continental regions and ocean islands.

Prof. em. Friedemann Wenzel

Friedeman Wenzel 2017

Prof. em. of Geophysics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany

Research interests include natural hazards and risks, specifically earthquakes and disposal of radioactive waste in deep geologic repositories.

Dr. Gideon Tibor

Gideon TiborGideon is a marine geophysicist specializing in collecting, processing and interpretation of high resolution marine geophysical data. Gideon organized and led many multi-disciplinary research projects in the seas within and around Israel and was the coordinator of some of them. From 2013-2016 Gideon was the project manager of refitting the R/V Bat-Galim to a modern governmental research vessel. In 2016-2017 Gideon led the project of multibeam mapping of the Israeli Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Gideon received his PhD in 1992 (Dept. of Geophysics at Tel Aviv University, Israel) and was promoted in 2008 to senior research scientist at IOLR and part time Senior Lecturer at Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa.

Gideon’s main interests are the development and applications of high resolution marine geophysical and remote sensing methods for studying phenomena’s that influence our marine environment and natural resources. Specifically ocean color remote sensing, Holocene evolution of Lake Kinneret, Holocene evolution of the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba and the Messinian event in the Levant margin.

Dr. Walter D Mooney

Walter Mooney 2014US Geological Survey (USGS), Earthquake Science Center, Menlo Park, California USA.

Senior Research Geophysicist, and Project Leader.

Research: Global studies of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth's lithosphere. Earthquake, volcanoes and tsunamis.
Studies of continental rifts, ancient and modern. Earth evolution, Hadean to present.

Prof. Sierd Cloetingh

Sierd CloetinghProf. Sierd Cloetingh is Utrecht University Distinguished Professor. His research field is Earth Sciences. He published more than 350 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (Scopus: 12,973 citations, h-index 62) and has been promotor of more than 75 PhD students of 18 different nationalities. 

Currently he serves as President of the Academia Europaea and President of the Association for European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST). Past functions include Membership of the Scientific Council (2009-2015) and Vice-President of the European Research Council (ERC), President of the European Geophysical Society (1998-2000), President of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP), Distinguished Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW, 2006-2015), Editor-in-Chief of the international journal "Global and Planetary Change" and Chairman of the TOPO-EUROPE collaborative research program.

Prof. Sierd Cloetingh received honorary doctorates from five European universities and numerous medals and awards. He is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, the Royal Norwegian Academy, the Royal Danish Academy, the German national Academy for Technical Sciences (acatech), the Heidelberg Academy, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was distinguished in 2006 as Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur and in 2014 as Knight of the Royal Order of the Netherlands Lion for his contributions to science and European scientific cooperation in research and education.

Prof. Tina Niemi

TinaNeimiProfessor Tina Niemi has taught in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for 23 years. She received a BA in Geology and Archaeology from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University. Her post-doctoral research was conducted in the Department of Geophysics at Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Professor Zvi Ben-Avraham. Dr. Niemi is a Quaternary geologist who specializes in paleoseismology, active tectonics, geomorphology, and geoarchaeology. Her interests include studying active faults, earthquake recurrence in the geologic and archaeological records, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, analyses of high-resolution geophysical data, and characterization of recent hurricane and tsunami deposits.

Prof. John K. Hall

JKH Headshot IMG 0153 29 Dec 2015Marine Geophysicist, Geological Survey of Israel (Retired) After receiving  his BSc at RPI in 1962, John worked three years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, participating in geophysical cruises, ocean acoustic research, and writing the first marine geophysical programs for WHOI's GE-225.  Entering Columbia's Lamont Geological Observatory for a PhD in 1965, he spent more than one year on Fletcher's Ice Island (T-3) in the Arctic Ocean. His thesis presented the marine geophysical data for the Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge from T-3's 1962-1970 drift over one third of the Amerasia Basin. Making aliya to Israel with his Israeli wife in 1970, he was the first marine geophysicist in Israel and at the GSI. His activities to the present, continuing unabated past retirement in 2006, consist of onshore and offshore tectonics of Israel, compilation of the 25m DTM of Israel and environs in 1993, and the entire multibeam mapping of Israel's waters in the Mediterranean, Red and Dead Seas, and the Sea of Galilee. He founded the Hall Map Archive at the IOLR and Hebrew University's Neev Center for Infomatics. He has published three books with Russian contributors on the geology of Syria, Cyprus and Israel, and the offshore. He continues scanning and archiving the legacy pre-computer maps and publications of the GSI and other earth science institutes. His latest project, in connection with the IHO-IOC-Nippon-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project, consists of a 100m grid of the 2% of the world around the Arabian Peninsula (32°N-10°S and 32°-80°E). His Arctic interests continue with support for expeditions since 2008 of his Arctic research hovercraft R/H SABVABAA. He is a longtime Fellow of the GSA and a Member of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research. Hall Sea Knoll at 84°-30'N, 108°-118'W, (Холм Холл on Russian Chart 91115), is a 700m high and 4,000 km² feature in the Arctic Ocean named after him.