Dr. Michael Lazar - Head of the Department

Dr. Michael Lazar - Head of the Department

Role: Academic Faculty - Head of the Department

Department: Department of Marine Geosciences

Tel.  04-8288424  (8424)

Room: 270


Research Interests

Tectonics of the Dead Sea, gas escape from the seafloor, submarine landslides, remote sensing, shallow geophysical methods in the marine environment


Ph.D. in geophysics from the Dept. of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University


Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. Lazar, M., Ben-Avraham, Z., 2002. First Images from the Bottom of the Dead Sea – Indications of Recent Tectonic Activity. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences, vol. 51, p. 211-218.
  2. Blumberg, D.G., Neta T., Margalit, N., Lazar, M., Freilikher, V., 2004. Mapping exposed and buried drainage systems using remote sensing in the Negev Desert, Israel, Geomorphology, v. 61, p. 239-250.
  3. Ben-Avraham, Z., Schattner, U., Lazar, M., Hall, J.K., Ben-Gai, Y., Neev, D. and Reshef, M., 2006. Segmentation of the Levant continental margin, eastern Mediterranean: Tectonics, 25, TC5002, doi:10.1029/2005TC001824.
  4. Schattner, U., Ben-Avraham, Z., Lazar, M. and Huebscher, C., 2006. Tectonic isolation of the Levant basin offshore Galilee-Lebanon - Effects of the Dead Sea fault plate boundary on the Levant continental margin, eastern Mediterranean. In: Tectonic Inversion and Structural Inheritance in Mountain Belts, Journal of Structural Geology, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2006.06.003.
  5. Schattner U., Ben-Avraham Z., Reshef M., Bar-Am G. and Lazar, M., 2006. Oligocene-Miocene formation of the Haifa basin: Qishon-Sirhan rifting coeval with the Red Sea-Suez rift system. Tectonophysics, v. 419, no.1-4, p. 1-12.
  6. Lazar, M., Ben-Avraham Z. and Schattner U., 2006. Formation of sequential basin along a strike slip fault – geophysical observations from the Dead Sea basin: Tectonophysics, V. 421, no. 1-2, p. 53-69.
  7. Ben-Avraham, Z., Garfunkel, Z., Lazar, M., 2008. Geology and Evolution of the Southern Dead Sea Fault with Emphasis on Subsurface Structure: Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. doi: 10.1146/
  8. Rybakov, M., Voznesensky, V., Ben-Avraham, Z., and Lazar, M., 2009. The Niklas anomaly southwest of Cyprus: New insights from combined gravity and magnetic data. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 57, p. 125–138. doi: 10.1560/IJES.57.2.125.
  9. Schattner, U. and Lazar, M., 2009. Subduction, collision and initiation of hominin dispersal. Quaternary Science Reviews: v. 28, p. 1820-1824.
  10. Lazar, M., Ben-Avraham, Z., Garfunkel, Z., Porat, N., and Marco, S., 2010, Is the Jericho Escarpment a tectonic or a geomorphological feature? Active faulting and paleoseismic trenching: The Journal of Geology, v. 118, p. 261-276. doi:10.1086/651504.
  11. Lazar, M., Schattner, U., 2010. Landscape evolution and hominin dispersal (comment). Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 1495-1500.
  12. Schattner, U., Lazar, M., Tibor, G., Ben-Avraham, Z., Makovsky, Y., 2010. Filling up the shelf - a sedimentary response to the last post-glacial sea rise. Marine Geology, 278, 165-176.
  13. Rybakov, M., Goldshmidt, V., Hall, J.K., Ben-Avraham, Z., Lazar, M., 2011. New insights into the sources of Magnetic Anomalies in the Levant. Russian Geology and Geophysics, 52, 377-396.
  14. Lazar, M., Ben-Avraham, Z., Garfunkel, Z., 2012. The Red Sea – New insights from recent geophysical studies and the connection to the Dead Sea fault. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 68, 96-110.
  15. Schattner, U., Lazar, M., Harari, D. and Waldmann, N., 2012. Active gas migration systems offshore northern Israel, first evidence from seafloor and subsurface data, Continental Shelf Research, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2012.08.003.
  16. Lazar. M., Schattner, U. and Reshef, M., 2012. The great escape – an intra-Messinian gas system in the eastern Mediterranean. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, 20, doi:10.1029/2012GL053484.
  17. Efrati, S., Lehahn, Y., Rahav, E., Kress, N., Herut, B., Gertman, I., Goldman, R., Ozer, T., Lazar, M., Heifetz, E., 2013. Intrusion of coastal waters into the pelagic Eastern Mediterranean: in situ and satellite-based characterization, Biogeosciences, 10, 3349-3357, doi:10.5194/bg-10-3349-2013.
  18. Miroslav, B., Rybakov, M., Lazar, M., 2013. Tutorial: The gravity stripping process as applied to gravity interpretation in the eastern Mediterranean. The Leading Edge, 32, 410-416.
  19. Schattner, U., Lazar, M., 2014. Flip convergence across the Phoenician basin through nucleation of subduction. Gondwana Research, 25, 729-735.
  20. Ginat, H., Rybakov, M., Shirman, B., Lazar, M., 2014. Magmatic occurrences in the Central Arava (southern Israel) based on Geology and Magnetometry, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 85, 106-116.
  21. Shtienberg, G., Zviely, D., Sivan, D., Lazar, M., 2014. Two centuries of coastal morphology changes in the prominent site of Caesarea, Israel. Geo-Marine Letters DOI 10.1007/s00367-014-0355-5.
  22. Schattner, U., Gurevich, M., Kanari, M., Lazar, M., 2015. The Levant jet system – effect of Post LGM seafloor currents on Nile sediment transport in the eastern Mediterranean. Sedimentary Geology, 329, 28-39.
  23. Schattner, U., Lazar., M., 2016. Hierarchy of source-to-sink systems-Example from the Nile distribution across the eastern Mediterranean. Sedimentary Geology, 343, 119-131.
  24. Schattner, U., Lazar, M., Souza, L.A.P., ten Brink, U., Mahiques, M.M., 2016. Pockmark asymmetry and seafloor currents in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil. Geo-Marine Letters, 1-8.
  25. Lazar, M., Lang, G., Schattner, U., 2016. Coincidence or not? Interconnected gas/fluid migration and ocean–atmosphere oscillations in the Levant Basin. Geo-Marine Letters, 1-14.

Articles or Chapters in Scientific Books (which are not Conference Proceedings) – Peer Reviewed

  1. Ben-Avraham, Z., Lazar, M., Schattner, U. and Marco S., 2005. The Dead Sea Fault and its effect on civilization. In: F. Wenzel (ed.), Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences: Perspectives in Modern Seismology, Springer Verlag Heidelberg, v. 105, p. 147-170.

  2. Ben-Avraham, Z., Lazar, M., 2006. The structure and development of the Dead Sea basin: recent studies. In: Enzel, Y., Agnon, A., Stein, M. (Eds.), New Frontiers in Dead Sea Paleoenvironmental Research, Geological Society of America Special Papers, p. 1-13. DOI: 10.1130/2006.2401(01)

  3. Ben-Avraham, Z., Lazar, M., Ballard, R.D., Por, F.D., 2008. Microtopography of a continental rift zone: the Gulf of Elat (Aqaba). Indications of hydrothermal-connected biological activity. In: F.D. Por (Ed) Aqaba-Eilat, the Improbable Gulf: Environment, Biodiversity and Preservation. Magnes Press.

  4. Ben-Avraham, Z., Lazar, M., Reshef, M., Garfunkel, G., Ginzburg, Y., Rotstein, Y., Frieslander, U., Bartov, Y., Shulman, H., 2012. Structural styles along the Dead Sea fault. In: Roberts, D.G., Balley, A.W. (Eds.) Phanerozoic Regional Geology of the World, v. 2. P. 612-633.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  1. Lazar, M., Ben-Avraham, Z., Ben-Dor, E., 1998. Comprehensive comparison of atmospheric corrections of “CASI” Hyperspectral images over water – A case study. Proceedings of the 1st EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy. Remote Sensing Laboratories. University of Zurich, Switzerland, 6-8 October, 1998. p. 97-103.

  2. Neta T., Blumberg, D.G., Lazar, M., 1999. Mapping exposed and buried river channels using remote sensing techniques with an example from Mubra channel, the Negev, Israel. Proceedings of SPIE, Remote Sensing for Earth Science, Ocean, and Sea Ice Applications Cecchi, G, Engman, E. T., Zilioli, E. (Eds.), vol. 3868, p. 495-503


Advanced topics in coastal geomorphology

Morphology of the seafloor

Seminar - forefront of scientific research