Sedimentology and Environmental Laboratory

Lab Leader: Dr. Revital Bookman



The main aim of the laboratory is to provide high-quality data for researchers, graduate, and outside clients. Research projects focus in Quaternary geology including paleolimnology and paleoclimate, coastal and mass transport processes , paleoseismology and sub-marine landslides. Anthropogenic processes in historical and modern times, including environmental pollution are also investigated. The laboratory is equipped for field expedition in marine and lacustrine environments and performs physical and chemical analyses on sediments, and Lead-210 dating.


 We have open positions for graduate students and post-docs

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News from our Lab

May 2018

We congratulate Eyal Marder for his new paper published in Geomorphology. The paper describes the geomorphological response of the Lower Jordan River basin to active tectonics of the Dead Sea Transform. Using GIS analyses and image processing Eyal explored soft alluvial platforms and sub-surface gravity data, and described the basin asymmetry and morphometric-gravity relations as indicators for differential tectonic activity.

We wish Eyal good luck with his PhD in Colorado State University.

Eyal Marder at the Jordan River Basin


 The studies of Matan Elad (MSc) and Anat Ash (PhD) were presented in the 8th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences (ISSMMC). The symposium was held on Vancouver Island on Canada's stunning west coast.

the 8th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences group photo

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Divers in the fantastic views of Howe Sound, a network of fjords with high risk of submarine landslides situated immediately northwest of Vancouver, Canada. Picture taken during the conference field tri


April 2018

The first Paleoceanography course in Eilat took place in IUI. 22 students from all universities gathered to study the history of the oceans in the geologic past with a wide focus on circulation, geochemistry, and patterns of sedimentation and biological productivity. The 2019 Paleoceanography course is now open for registration.



February, 2018

Semion Polinov PhD student in our lab, participated in three-day training (20-22 February 2018) in Hamburg. The aims of this training was to teach how different methodologies can be implemented to conduct risk based cumulative effects assessment at various spatial scales in European and adjacent seas. The methods that were covered included Bayesian believe networks, iMSE risk assessment tools and bow-tie analysis. During this training students present their current research work. Semion present his PhD concept and preliminary results "Historical changes in human activities in the Mediterranean Sea". The training was organized and funded by Cost - European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

participants of the three-day training in Hamburg


July 2017

Anat's first paper is out! We congratulate Anat for this publication, which shows a noval approach in studying turbidites. Her paper " Micropaleontological and taphonomic characteristics of mass transport deposits in the northern Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba, Red Sea" can be accessed here.

papillosa breakage represented by area of broken shell

 In the figure from Anat's paper, degree of O. ammonoides and A. papillosa breakage represented by area of broken shell (light blue) vs. estimated area of the original shell (pink). Scale bars =500 ?m


 Iris Zohar February 2017

New paper for Iris Zohar our former postdoc. The paper explores the urbanization effects in an urban winter pond at the coast of Israel and it follows a previous paper that described the atmospheric pollution at a national level reconstructed using a core from the pond's center.






Joel and Dorit at a coastal survey

October 2017

Dr. Joel Roskin is leaving us… Joel spend with us 3 fruitful years conducting research in the coast of Israel with Prof Dorit Sivan and in the Negev Desert with Dr. Kobi Vardi.

Recently Joel won a generous grant in the Israel-China Joint Scientific Research Program of the ISF to continue his studies on aeolian-fluvial processes, so we wish him a lot of success in his new journey to China!

Joel and Dorit at a coastal survey 

Revital standing at the dune dam cross-  section at the Ashalim site in the Negev Desert


Revital standing at the dune dam cross-

section at the Ashalim site in the Negev Desert




On January 2017, we organized a workshop on Marine Pollution with  Prof. Nicholas Fisher the director of the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research at Stony Brook University.

The workshop focused on chemical contaminants, including an array of metals and metalloids, long-lived radionuclides emanating from the nuclear fuel cycle and weapons testing, and organic pollutants in the marine environment. We also visited the Port of Haifa and the Dan wastewater facility

 Port of Haifa









September 2016

Prof. Paul Liu, head of the River, Delta, Sea Level Change, and Ocean Margin Research Center at the North Carolina State University visited us. Paul's research focuses on understanding the fate of sediments delivered to the sea by large rivers.

Paul gave two seminar talks as part of a focused session on Sediments in Coastal and Marine Environments.

  • New Crisis: Recent Dramatic Changes of Global River Discharge to the Ocean - the Physical and Biogeochemical Implications
  • Fates of World Larger River Derived Sediments to the Sea: cross-shelf vs alongshore transport
Prof. Paul Liu     Prof. Paul Liu 

  Paul touring the old city of Acre from sea and visiting Aeolianite ("Kurkar") outcrops along the northern coast



short cores map July 2016

In the Kinneret sampling campaign with Ilia Ostrovsky and Regina Katzman we collected more than 20 short cores waiting for analysis as part of the sediment gas content in Lake Kinneret Project.

short cores waiting for analysis


Anat receiving the Geological Society award

April 2016

We congratulate Anat for receiving the Geological Society award for best student presentation. Good work Anat!








April 2015

Benjamini guiding our students Prof. Chaim Benjamini guided our students at a field trip dedicated to Eocene sub-marine landslides.

We visited beautiful outcrops that exposed the phenomena in different marine environments.










November 2015

This month was very busy with the organization of the International Batsheva de Rothschild Seminar on Environmental Science and Policy - Challenges in the South-Eastern Mediterranean that took place at Nir Etzion, Mt. Carmel, Israel.

The significance of this workshop lies in the assembly of leading researchers, policy makers, public health professionals, governmental partners and industrial representatives for mutual collaboration for an elaborating discussion on the Mediterranean current and future environment.

Prof. Daniel Pauly with students and researchers


Prof. Daniel Pauly , Sea Around Us, the University of British Colombia with students and researchers after a temperamental session on Fisheries

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