The Sedimentology Laboratory

Head of the Lab: Dr. Revital Bookman

The research in the Sedimentology Laboratory focuses on the characterization of marine and lacustrine sediments, using grain-size analysis, petrography, mineralogy, and paleontology.

Group members

  • Principal investigator: Dr. Revital Bookman
  • Laboratory head: Dr. Nimer Taha

MSc. Students:

  • Dina Kolker (w/ J. Silverman, B. Herut) - Influence of submarine ground water discharge on the east Mediterranean alkalinity budget
  • Matan Elad (w/ Y. Makovsky) -  Recent submarine landslides on the continental slope of Israel

Ph.D. students:

  • Semion Polinov (w/ N. Levin) - Historical changes and drivers of the human footprint in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Eyal Marder (w/E. Shelef, University of Pittsburgh) - Tectonic processes in the Southern Jordan Valley
  • Hadar Elyashiv (w/ U. ten Brink, K. Huhn, bi-national program Bremen University) -  Non-focused versus focused gravitational mass movement along passive continental margins
  • Anat Ash (w/ Z. Ben Avraham, A. Almogi-Labin) - Benthic foraminifera as indicators for tectonic activity in the northern Gulf of Eilat
  • Lana Ashkar (w/ Z. Ben Avraham, A. Almogi-Labin) - The morphotectonic and the sedimentological history of the submarine Akhziv Canyon



  • Dr. Joel Roskin - Sand migration in coastal and arid environments
  • Dr. Reuven Belmaker - Geochemical processes in the Dead Sea

Former postdocs and students:

  • Eyal Marder (M.Sc. w/S. Filin) -  The geomorphology and morpho-tectonics of the Jordan Valley Fault
  • Danielle Vital (M.Sc. w/A. Almogi-Labin, B. Herut) -  Sediment characterization at the distal part of the Nile Littoral Cell using sediment traps and surface samples
  • Merav Bareket (M.Sc. w/ B. Herut) - An assessment of mercury distribution and transport from a long term perspective in sediments offshore Haifa Bay, Israel
  • Elitsa Hadzhiivanova (M.Sc. w/N. Waldmann) -  Sedimentological insights into depositional events in the Dead Sea Basin
  • Hadar Elyashiv (M.Sc. w/D. Sivan) - The Late Pleistocene-Holocene sedimentary evolution of Zevulun Plain
  • Tzofit Mor-Federman (M.Sc. w/A. Almogi-Labin, B. Herut) - Chemical Characterization and Provenance Study of the Israeli Inner Shelf's Holocene Sediments
  • Mor Kanari ( Tel Aviv University, advisor w/Z. Ben-Avraham, S. Marco, B. Tchernov-Goodman) - Tectonic and sedimentary processes of the northern Gulf of Aqaba-Elat
  • Dr. Iris Zohar (w/N. Teutsch, N. Levin) - Contamination History of Lead and Other Trace Metals
  • Dr. Agustin Pimstein - Mapping the spatial and temporal extent of suspended sediments distribution in the Dead Sea using satellite remote sensing methods  

Visiting Scientists:

  • Prof. Paul Liu - Head of the River, Delta, Sea Level Change, and Ocean Margin Research Center at the North Carolina State University
  • Prof. Itzhak (Alexander) Fouxon, Adjunct Professor at Yonsei University, South Korea (2016) – Dead Sea Lamina Project, theoretical solutions for the effect of turbulence on chemical deposition
  • Prof. Charles Driscoll (November, 2016), Syracuse University – Hg pollution in aquatic environments
  • Prof. Nicholas Fisher (November, 2016), Stony Brook University – Marine Pollution
  • Prof. Suzanne Leroy and Dr. Lourdes Lopez (2010), Brunel University – Dead Sea Lamina Project, pollen analysis on Dead Sea laminae


  • Lacustrine and marine sediment transport and deposition
  • Sub-marine slides as paleoseismic indicators
  • Climate change in the Levant
  • Pollution and reconstruction of environmental contamination history
  • Lead-210 dating
  • Beckman Coulter LS 13 320 laser diffraction particle size analyzer covering a size range from 0.4 micron to 2,000 micron including the multi-wavelength system incorporating Polarization Intensity Differential Scattering (PIDS) technology covering a size range from 0.04 micron to 2,000 micron
  • OCTÊTE-PLUS Integrated 8-Chamber Alpha Spectrometer station for Lead-210 dating.
  • Binocular and petrographic microscope (w/RIMS).
  • Cooling container for sediment core repository (w/IOLR).
  • Thin-slide preparation lab (w/RIMS).