List of researchers and research topics – past, present and future
Oz Goffman, University of Haifa (2006): Changes in behavioral patterns towards humans, of a solitary but social female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus), from Nuweiba, Sinai, Egypt, over a period of 5.5 years.
Aviad Scheinin, University of Haifa (ongoing): Relationship between the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) population and the Israeli fishing fleet along the Israeli Mediterranean continental shelf.
Rafi Kent, University of Haifa (ongoing): Modeling distribution patterns of cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea: a case study of five common species
Oz Goffman, University of Haifa (1997): Human-solitary dolphin interactions in ancient sources and modern research, with emphasis on the case of the solitary dolphin in Nuwieba.
Mia Roditi-Elasar, University of Haifa (1999): Marine pollution as a morbidity factor in dolphins: Evidence from heavy metal concentrations in tissues and bones of modern dolphins found along the Mediterranean coast of Israel and in bones of dolphin's from ancient times.
Aviad Scheinin, Tel Aviv University (2003): Ecological and molecular characteristics of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) population along the Israeli Mediterranean coast.
Dganit Sivan, University of Haifa (2004): The influence of zoogeographical and human factors on the relationship between fishermen and dolphins in ancient and in modern maritime societies.
Michal Sapir, University of Haifa (2005): Mediterranean cetaceans: Ancient and modern occurrence & distribution as influenced by paleontological and dietary considerations.
Nir Hadar, University of Haifa (ongoing): Cetaceans off the Israeli Mediterranean shore: current distribution patterns from analysis of sighting data and ancient distribution inferred from historical sources
Daphna Feingold, University of Haifa (ongoing): Cetacean research and dolphin-watching combined with SCUBA diving safaris as a basis for an eco-tourism project in the northern Red Sea.
Marcela Leibovich, University of Haifa (ongoing): A comparison of mother-calf relationships in wild dolphin populations, captive dolphins and a solitary sociable dolphin, and analysis of nursing and weaning habits in various human societies.
Eliana Ratner, University of Haifa (approved): Cetacean skeletons: characteristics, use in maritime cultures, display modes and contribution to research and to the promotion of environmental awareness
Yuli Sharir, University of Haifa (approved): Morphometric characteristics of the Eastern Levantine Basin's common bottlenose dolphin population
Projects as part of BA/BSc:
Elinor Bar-Nur, Tel Aviv University (2002): Photo-ID catalog of dolphins along the Mediterranean Israeli coast.
Meytal Markovich, Tel Aviv University (2005): Photo ID characteristics of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) population along the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
High school projects in biology:
Ayelet Dunayevski, Mevo'ot Hanegev Educational Institute, (1995): Behavioral research of the solitary dolphin in Egypt (Nuweiba, Sinai) and humans.
Lilach Eyal, Hof HaCarmel High-School, (1997): Distribution of dolphins along the Israeli coast.
Lilach Leitman, Western Valley High-School, Kibbutz Yif'at, (1997): The essence of the relationships between humans and wild dolphin groups in the open sea.
Tal Peled, High-School for Environmental Studies, S'de Boqer, (1997): Behavioral patterns of the solitary dolphin from Nuweiba, Egypt, towards humans.
Sivan Malul, Ort Rogozin high-school, Migdal-HaEmeq, (1999): Biotopic survey of the daily home range of the solitary-social dolphin from the fishermen's village, Nuweiba M'zeina (Sinai, Egypt) between August 1998 and May 1999.
Nadav Mizrachi, Katznelson high-school, Kfar Saba (2000): Coral reefs in the daily home range of the solitary-social dolphin from the fishermen's M'zeina village, Nuweiba (Sinai, Egypt).
Nadav Mizrachi, Katznelson high-school, Kfar Saba, (2001): Dolphins as indicators of marine pollution: the link between heavy metal pollution and dolphin deaths along the Mediterranean Israeli coast.
Dina Meirson, Yordey Hasira high-school, Akko, (2002): Dolphin by-catch in bottom-trawl nets along the Mediterranean Israeli coast.
Lihi Salmon, Manor-Cabri high-school, Cabri, (2003): Definition of social group and social structure of dolphins.
Mark Polikovski, Thelma Yelin high-school, Tel Aviv (2004): Causes of morbidity and mortality of cetaceans along the Israeli coast, with emphasis on histological examinations of specimens sampled between 1993-2004.