I’m a graduate student from the Leon H. Charney School for Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel. I did my B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at Tel Hai Academic College, Israel, and just recently completed my M.Sc. studies in Marine Biology, advised by Professor Dan Tchernov and Dr. Beverly Goodman.
My research interest focuses on anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment, specifically that of microplastics. In my master’s research, I conducted an initial investigation of microplastic consumption by marine fishes and bivalves in the local waters of Israel. Israel is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, a semi-closed basin exposed to high anthropogenic activity, and accumulates large quantities of plastic debris. However, little research has been conducted in the eastern basin in microplastics, and baseline data is highly lacking. As part of my research I have presented my findings through poster in the international conference Micro2018 Fate and Impact of Microplastics: Knowledge, Actions and Solutions, Lanzarote, Spain as well as through oral presentation at the QUASIMEME/NORMAN Microplastic Analysis Workshop, Vrije University, Amsterdam. With microplastics developing so quickly, such opportunities are amazing learning experiences.
In addition to my master’s research, I have assisted in monitoring of the sediment change due to the expansion of the Haifa harbor, and have also TA’d for a course in Sedimentology at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences, Eilat, Israel.
I constantly look forward to learning from experiences and opportunities, both within and outside of my field.